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Trump says Texas church shooting 'isn't a guns situation'

Trump says Texas church shooting 'isn't a guns situation'
From CBC - November 6, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump says the mass shooting at a Texas church "is not a guns situation," but is a "mental health problem at the highest level."

Devin Kelley, the man authorities have identified as the gunman, was discharged from the Air Force several years ago for allegedly assaulting his spouse and a child, according to an Air Force spokesperson.

While no officials have publicly questioned Kelley's mental health, Trump said that "is your problem here." He offered no details.

"This was a very, based on preliminary reports, a very deranged individual. A lot of problems over a long period of time," Trump said when asked about the shooting as he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a joint news conference in Tokyo during Trump's first official visit to Asia.

"We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this is not a guns situation," the president said.

'Act of evil'

The attack happened Sunday morning when a man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a Baptist church in a small South Texas community, killing 26 people and wounding at least 16 others in what the governor said is the deadliest mass shooting in state history.

Trump first tweeted that he was monitoring the situation from Japan. He later described the shooting as an "act of evil" during remarks to a gathering of American and Japanese business executives. Abe also offered condolences.

'Fortunately somebody else had a gun'

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