In the wake of a mass shooting that left at least 10 dead and several others injured at the Tree of Life synagogue near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, President Donald Trump dismissed early calls for new gun control legislation.
Instead, he said the installation of guards in places of worship and stiffer criminal justice penalties are the best responses to the latest deadly act of gun violence.
“I think one thing we should do is we should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty. When people do this, they should get the death penalty,” President Trump says after shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue pic.twitter.com/5MDgebRl41
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As KDKA reported, the president said that the “results could have been much better” if the synagogue had “protection” on hand to intercept the shooter.
Speaking to reporters prior to boarding for a flight to Indiana, he went on to lament the tragic circumstances, reiterating his longstanding endorsement of capital punishment.
“I think one thing we should do is stiffen up our laws in term of the death penalty,” he said. “When people do this they should get the death penalty, and they shouldn’t have to wait years and years. Now the lawyers will get involved and everybody’s going to get involved and it will be 10 years down the line.”
Trump, who has previously suggested some drug dealers should be eligible for the death penalty, said that certain crimes deserve the ultimate punishment.
“Anybody that does a thing like this to innocent people that are in temple or in church — we’ve had so many incidents with churches — they should really suffer the ultimate price,” he said. “They should pay the ultimate price.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the suspect is believed to have made anti-Semitic statements at the time of the shooting. Local reports indicate he told police at the scene that “all these Jews must die.”
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