Donald Trump said Tuesday in South Korea that a Texas mass-shooter would have claimed 'hundreds' of additional lives on Sunday if an armed citizen hadn't intervened.
Trump defended Stephen Willeford, a heroic Texan who chased down Devin Patrick Kelley and shot him as he attempted to flee after killing 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
The president faced a question about gun control from a reporter who demanded to know if he would consider applying his tough-on-immigration 'extreme vetting' policy to gun purchasers.
'If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,' Trump replied.
'And I can only say this,' Trump added: 'If he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.'
'And you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him.'
'We could let a little time go by,' Trump said, referring to the still-grieving Texas community.