As President Obama was at a CNN town hall meeting discussing his passion for gun control, Donald Trump vowed to end gun-free zones.
The billionaire presidential candidate was hosting a campaign rally in Burlington, Vermont at the same time as Obama’s televised meeting, juxtaposing the two events.
Perhaps it was no mistake then that Trump chose to talk about gun control at the end of his speech.
“I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools — you have to — and on military bases on my first day. It gets signed. My first day – there’s no more gun free zones,” Trump told supporters as they cheered wildly.
Trump pointed out that gun-free zones were dangerous because they attracted people considering a mass shooting.
“You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko?” Trump asked. “That’s bait.”
He lamented that soldiers were killed by terrorists in a military recruitment center and at a military base because they were not allowed to have weapons – even though they were trained to use firearms.
“That ends immediately,” he said. “We’re going back to sanity in this country, we’re going back to strength in this country, we’re going back to intelligence, and we’re going back to common sense.”
Trump added that if good people had guns in California or Paris, they might have been able to stop the terrorists who perpetuated attacks.
“You have bad stuff happening, but at least we’re shooting back and we’re going down shooting,” he said. “Nobody can dispute that.”