Almost immediately after the six coordinated attacks on Paris late last Friday night, many Republican presidential candidates chose to stray from their usual talking points to sharply criticize the Obama administration’s plan to accept Syrian refugees into the country. The comments came on the heels of the discovery that one of the Paris bombers had entered the city by disguising himself as a Syrian refugee.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, Jeb Bush said, “The great majority of refugees need to be safely kept in Syria.” Rand Paul said, “I don’t think we need to be admitting large amounts of Syrian refugees into our country.” And Ben Carson told Fox News Sunday, “Bringing people into this country from that area of the world, I think, is a huge mistake.”
But GOP candidate Donald Trump offered more than just a critique on the refugee situation in the U.S.; he took the opportunity to make his stance on gun control crystal clear.
Borrowing a page from Ben Carson’s book, Trump suggested that people could have defended themselves better during the Paris attacks had they been armed, but due to France’s strict gun laws, it wasn’t possible.
Speaking at a campaign event in Beaumont, Texas, he said: “You can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would’ve been a much, much different situation.”
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke to former NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to find out how much of an impact looser gun laws could have actually had on the terrorist attacks.
Watch the full interview below