Trump Consoles Las Vegas Survivors, But Refuses to Address Gun Control

HOT TOPICS ▶ Honduras Elections     Target: Iran     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  October 4, 2017

Trump Consoles Las Vegas Survivors, But Refuses to Address Gun Control

Trump's visit to Las Vegas contrasted sharply with his visit to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico just a day earlier
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

You are an inspiration. Thanks for everything you are doing. - Brenton
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


Jaisal Noor: Visiting Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 4, US President Donald Trump praised the bravery of survivors of the biggest mass shooting in modern US history. They risked their lives to help other victims as bullets rained down from a nearby hotel during Sunday night's deadly shooting spree.

Donald Trump: Depths of horror, we will always find hope in the men and women who risk their lives for ours. The mass murder that took place on Sunday night fills America's heart with grief. America is truly a nation in mourning.

Jaisal Noor: His trip to Las Vegas contrasted sharply with his visit to Puerto Rico just a day earlier.

Donald Trump: I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack.

Jaisal Noor: Where he threw paper towels at survivors and downplayed the death toll there, which was nearly doubled after he left and some estimate to be in the hundreds. Meanwhile, the island remains devastated, over three million people remain without power.

Donald Trump: I visited the hospital earlier today where many victims are still recovering from their wounds. And we ask God to ease their suffering and to speed their healing. We pray for the recovery of the injured and those injured officers.

Jaisal Noor: Trump made his comments after visiting patients and speaking with doctors at University Medical Center in Las Vegas in the aftermath of the attack which killed 58 people and wounded more than 500. But he refused to answer questions about gun control.

Rebecca Peters: Even though there's evidence, abundant evidence and countless examples of tragedies showing the need to strengthen the gun laws in the United States, and even though public opinion strongly supports that, it seems as though the money that the gun lobbyists spend supporting politicians, in the end trumps both the public health evidence and public opinion.

Jaisal Noor: The Real News’s Aaron Maté recently spoke to Rebecca Peters. In the 1990s after a mass shooting in Australia, she led the successful movement there to reform the country's gun laws. They have not had another mass shooting since.

Rebecca Peters: In Australia, in the 80s and 90s we had a mass shooting about once a year. And it was a similar, sort of scenario to what you see in the US. There will be a mass shooting, there would be a lot of concern, and grief and ,what should we do, and speeches and prayers, and basically very little action because of a couple of things. One was the same kind of cultural attachment to guns. Australia's a pioneer country, it's a very rural country with a great attachment to hunting. And also, the rise of the gun lobby which threatened politicians that if they supported stronger gun laws then they would turn out systematically against them.

And at that moment what happened was our Prime Minister, John Howard, who had just been elected and so there's a similarity too, he had a lot of political capital still available to him. He said, “This has got to stop.” And basically, through sheer political will he negotiated with all the states in Australia to bring about a scheme of harmonizing the laws based on the recommendations from experts in public health and criminology to provide a system that said you can have guns in Australia under conditions that are designed.

Well, the first priority is public safety. So we had one of the important measures that we took was a ban on semi-automatic rifles and shotguns because there really is no legitimate reason for civilians to have those. Things like that. And the result of all of those things has been that gun violence in Australia has been dramatically reduced. And the violence has reduced and also the work involved in policing that violence is reduced.

And as you've said, we've never had another mass shooting. But we still have hunting, we still have macho men in Australia. We still do well in the shooting sports and all that kind of thing.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

From Net Neutrality to Tax Cuts, Trump's Billionaires are Having a Field Day
Putin 'Quite Muted' in Response to Russian Olympic Doping Scandal
Undoing the New Deal: Truman Embraces the Cold War (pt4)
Putin's Syria 'Victory' Won't End the Proxy War
Palestinians Stand Up to Israel, Will the World?
Can Baby Bonds Help Close Baltimore's Wealth Gap?
Digital Dystopia: FCC Ends Net Neutrality
Judge in J20 Case Drops Inciting Riot Charge But Condemns Journalism as Conspiracy
Nina Turner on Alabama Vote & Democratic Party Unity Reform Comission
Virtually No Economist Believes the GOP Tax Bill Will Generate Much Growth
Baltimore Beat & TRNN: Why Baltimore? (2/4)
Partisan Clash over Trump-Russia Probe Gets Messier
Honduras' Flawed Vote Recount: A Cover-Up for Fraud?
Jones Wins, Bannon Loses in Alabama Special Election
Racism and Trumpism in Alabama
Cities vs. Climate Change: Can Infrastructures Handle Extreme Weather?
Baltimore Beat & TRNN: Who's Your Audience? (1/4)
Can Pennsylvania Draw the Line on Partisan Gerrymandering?
Voter Suppression and Outright Fraud Continue to Plague Alabama
Forced Privatization of The Greek Port of Piraeus, One Year Later
Venezuela's Opposition Sidelines Itself in Municipal Elections
Media or Cult? CNN Buries a Massive Russiagate Gaffe
Undoing the New Deal: Roosevelt Created A Social Safety Net, Not Socialism (pt3)
Nina Turner On Transforming the Democratic Party From the Inside
DNC's Unity Commission Further Dividing the Party
Pressure Mounts On Doug Jones To Pull Off Upset in Alabama Senate Race
Grave Concerns: Will Detective Suiter's Death Bring Commissioner Davis Down?
The Death of Detective Sean Suiter: How Deep Does the Corruption Go?
America's Most Reactionary President Visits Its Most Radical City
The Only Peace Process is Palestinian Freedom,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting