- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says more gun restrictions are not the answer, in the wake of the shooting deaths of a reporter and a videographer from WDBJ-TV earlier this week in Virginia.

“I don’t think you need further gun restrictions. They have restrictions,” Mr. Trump said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “If you look at a place like Chicago … it’s got the single toughest gun laws in the United States and it’s a disaster they’re having in certain areas of Chicago. Chicago’s sort of a tale of two of cities. But in certain areas of Chicago, there’s tremendous gun violence, more than just about any place.”

Vester Lee Flanagan shot Alison Parker, 24, Adam Ward, 27, and an interview subject, Vicki Gardner, during a live broadcast Wednesday morning on WDBJ-TV, where Flanagan had previously worked.

Flanagan, who fatally shot himself while being pursued by authorities, purchased the handgun he used legally, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The two journalists died from their injuries and the person being interviewed survived.

“You look at Baltimore, they have very strong gun laws,” Mr. Trump said. “You look at these places that are going wild with killings all over, and they have very, very powerful gun laws, laws that you would say, I mean, you should not have any killings whatsoever if they worked. The fact is it’s not the laws. You have a tremendous problem with crime. And you have a tremendous problem with mental health. And in this case it was pure mental health.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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