Trump Proposes Mental Asylums, But Silent On Gun Laws
Muhammad Irfan 10 days ago Fri 16th August 2019 | 08:50 AM
Manchester, United States, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Aug, 2019 ) :More mental hospitals are needed to take potential mass killers off the streets, President Donald Trump said Thursday in response to recent mass shootings, while staying quiet on a pledge to toughen gun laws.
Instead, he focused on the theory that the endless spate of mass killings carried out by men with easily obtained semi-automatic rifles is mostly down to lack of mental facilities.
Trump said he was giving "major consideration to building new facilities for those in need" and "taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off the streets." "We don't have those institutions anymore," he said.
Trump has consistently put an accent on mental health problems, rather than the ubiquitous firearms sold everywhere from shopping malls to gun fairs.
But after the deaths of 31 people in massacres in Texas and Ohio, within hours of each other earlier this month, Trump did come out strongly for increased background checks to verify the records of the person buying a gun.
Even this measure is vehemently opposed by hardline gun rights defenders who say the constitutionally protected right to owning weapons is under threat.
Instead, he told the cheering crowd "we can't make it harder for... law abiding citizens to protect themselves."He also stated his loyalty to the constitutional guarantee and "the right to keep and bear arms."