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Gun laws debate: Donald Trump wants more psychiatric facilities

At his first election campaign event since the El Paso and Dayton massacres, US President Donald Trump rejected general restrictions on gun ownership. "We can not make it more difficult for good, stable, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves," said Trump on Thursday (local time) to the cheers of his supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire. "We will always uphold the right to self-defense."

Instead, Trump spoke out in favor of building more facilities for the compulsory placement of the mentally ill. "We cannot leave these people on the street."

"We don't want crazy people to have guns."

US President Donald Trump

At the beginning of the month, two shooters in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio had wreaked havoc. A total of 31 people were killed. Attacks of this kind occur regularly in the USA. The cases in El Paso and Dayton sparked renewed discussion of gun law in the country.

Trump made gun violence in the United States on Thursday related to mentally ill people, not to the easy availability of war weapons such as rapid-fire rifles. Critics see the latter as the real problem.

The US President said shortly before the election rally: “We don't want crazy people to have guns. But I also want to remind you that mental illness is something no one wants to talk about. These people are mentally ill and we need to investigate that too. Because, you know, it's them, they pull the trigger. The gun doesn't pull the trigger. You pull the trigger. "

The president criticized the fact that cities had closed facilities for the mentally ill for financial reasons in the past few decades. “And people were just allowed to take to the streets again. And that was a terrible thing for our country. "Trump said:" I think we have to start building facilities again. " Have to worry ”.

RND / dpa