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Trump thinks armed Pulse patrons would have stopped tragedy

"You take Pulse nightclub—if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened.”
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Donald Trump met with Congress last night to discuss his stance on gun control following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida.

He surprised many people by saying politicians should not be afraid of the NRA and crack down on guidelines for purchasing firearms. This would include extensive background checks and raise the national age limit to 21

But he also made it clear he still supports arming educators and easing weapon access rules for citizens.

Trump said if more people had guns, attacks like the one at Pulse Nightclub could have been avoided.

“You take Pulse nightclub—if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn’t have happened,” Trump explained. “Or certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting, and shooting and shooting and they were just defenseless.”

This remark has been criticized by many who think giving more people guns to use in a chaotic situation could cost more lives.

Using Pulse as an example, some say a darkened room in a crisis is dangerous because no one would know who to shoot at and even if they did stray rounds may strike innocent bystanders.

Further, the Pulse shooter took hostages and in a similar situation would require a negotiation specialist.

Big-name firearm retailers started to amend their purchasing rules even before Trump's meeting. 

Walmart announced this week that they will raise the age of buyers to 21 and not sell real assault rifles or toys resembling them.

Dick’s Sporting Goods also raised the age limit and added they will no longer offer assault rifles either or high-capacity magazines.