(CNSNews.com) – Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told attendees at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action’s (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum in Louisville, Ky., on Friday that he will get rid of “gun-free zones” as president.
“We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, okay? I can tell you. We’re getting rid of them,” Trump told the audience.
Trump cited the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks as examples of mass shootings which could have been avoided or the loss of life reduced if people there were able to defend themselves with a gun.
“So often we talk about Paris or we talk about San Bernardino, and nobody had guns,” Trump said, adding that Paris in particular is probably the toughest place in the world to have a gun.
He also blamed the media for referring to the terrorists who carried out the attacks in Paris as “masterminds.”
“You know the press used to call them masterminds. I say that’s why people are joining. That’s why they’re coming in, because you’re using the word mastermind. Not mastermind – thugs,” Trump said.
“But if you look at Paris, 130 people killed, hundreds of people still in the hospital, just horribly wounded, can never be the same, horribly wounded, and these guys came in ‘boom, boom, you over here, boom,’ and they just stood there and just shot everybody,” he said. “No guns on the other side, folks.”
Trump said the Paris attacks “might not have happened, because if they knew there were guns in the room, it might not have happened, but if it did, you would have had bullets going in the opposite direction, and believe me, the carnage would not have been the same by any stretch of the imagination.”
“And then you have the gun-free zones, the gun-free zones,” he said. “We had a case-- about a year and a half ago was the first I really heard of this, and where you had the five military people – great people.
“One was a master marksman, a master with anything he touched having to do with guns, weapons – anything he touched, and they were told. This is on a military base, folks, a military base, they were told, ‘put your guns away, gotta put your guns’—these are soldiers. These are people that are representing us,” Trump said, referring to the Fort Hood shooting in 2014.
Four people, including the gunman, were killed, and more than a dozen injured on April 2, 2014, when Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire before killing himseld.
“These are soldiers. These are people that are representing us. These are the top of the line. These are five great, brave, incredible soldiers. ‘Put your guns away.’ So their guns are locked up, put in a different area of the place, and this whack job walks in and starts shooting them, killed all five of them,” Trump said.