Trump says Texas church shooting caused by ‘mental health problem’ not guns

US President Donald Trump (C) along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) hold a joint press conference after holding an inter-delegation meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan on November 6, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump (C) along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not seen) hold a joint press conference after holding an inter-delegation meeting at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo, Japan on November 6, 2017.

Trump — who has received political support coming from the National Rifle Association — has consistently been against implementing more rigorous domestic gun control laws. Indeed, in February Trump quietly signed a bill into law which rolled back an Obama-era regulation which made the item harder for people with mental illnesses to buy a gun.

“Fortunately … somebody else had a gun which was shooting from the opposite direction,” Trump said at the press conference.

Devin Patrick Kelley, 26, was identified by authorities as the gunman who killed more than two dozen people in a hail of gunfire at a rural Texas church. Law enforcement officials identified Kelley, who was killed following the incident at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, hours after news of the shooting first broke. The church’s pastor along with his wife lost their teenage daughter from the massacre, according to a report by the Associated Press.

— CNBC’s Everett Rosenfeld, Javier E. David, along with Terri Cullen contributed to This particular report.

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