There isn’t much America can do to prevent future mass shootings, because “that’s the way the world goes,” Republican presidential candidate and National Rifle Association member Donald Trump said on Sunday.
Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Trump told host George Stephanopoulos that he would not be inclined to change any of the United States’ gun laws in the wake of the latest mass shooting, a massacre at a community college in Oregon.
“I can tell you people say ‘Oh, we’re going to stop it,’ it doesn’t work that way,” Trump said. “This has taken place whether it’s this type of crime or other crimes, taken place forever, from the beginning, and you go out a million years from now you’re going to have problems and even if you have a very tough system you’re going to have people that slip through the cracks, and it’s a very sad situation.”
“But no matter what you do you will have problems and that’s the way the world goes,” he added.
In a separate interview on Meet the Press, Trump echoed his opinion that mass shootings are inevitable, and added that the people who commit those crimes are “geniuses in a certain way.”
“They happen to be intelligent,” he said. “And, you know, they can be sick as hell and they’re geniuses in a certain way. They are going to be able to break the system.”
Trump’s comments on the hopelessness of gun control are similar to those of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who in the wake of last week’s mass shooting said “Look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis.”
Trump’s own gun plan calls for lifting bans on semi-automatic weapons, a law permitting concealed carry nationwide, and no expanded background checks for gun purchases.