By Bradford Richardson - 11/14/15 02:03 PM EST
Trump: Paris attacks would have been ‘different’ if civilians were armed
Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: Small convention bump for Trump Dems fret over Trump bounce Dems flirt with disaster on convention’s first day MORE says victims of the terrorist attacks in France on Friday would have had a better chance of defending themselves if they were allowed to carry guns.
“When you look at Paris, you know, the toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns except for the bad guys, nobody,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Beaumont, Texas, on Saturday. “Nobody had guns, and they were just shooting them one by one.”
The billionaire business mogul said the outcome would have been “different” if citizens were armed.
“And I’ll tell you what, you can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation,” he said.
At least 129 civilians were killed in France in a series of coordinated terror attacks Friday. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken responsibility for the attacks.
Trump also called President Obama’s plan to take in displaced Syrian refugees “insane.”
He pointed to reports that indicate one of the attackers in Paris may have been a migrant who entered Europe through Greece.
“Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria. I mean, think of it, 250,000 people, and we all have heart, and we all want people taken care of and all that, but the problems our country has to take in 250,000 people, some of whom are going to have problems, big problems, is just insane,” he said.
The businessman called for the U.S. to bomb oil fields in the Middle East, which he says are the source of ISIS’s wealth.