While Donald Trump said that the Texas church massacre was not a “guns situation,” his nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. Dean Winslow, said on Tuesday that it is “insane” that a civilian can buy a semi-automatic weapon like the gun the most recent mass shooter used.
Winslow made the comments in his confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee, according to CNN.
“I’d also like to — and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee — just say, you know, how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy … a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” said Winslow, a physician, and retired Air Force colonel nominated to be the assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs.
The gunman used a Ruger AR-556, which is a variant of an AR-15, to murder 26 people.
On Tuesday, Trump said that “there would have been no difference” in the Texas church massacre if an extreme vetting policy for gun ownership had been in place.
“If you did what you’re suggesting there would have been no difference three days ago, and you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun in his truck and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him,” Trump said.
“Instead of having 26 dead he would’ve had hundreds more dead,” Trump added.
The Texas massacre marks the 307th mass shooting so far in 2017. The National Rifle Association spent 30 million dollars to get Donald Trump elected while the gun lobbyist organization cast Hillary Clinton as a threat to Second Amendment rights.
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