President Donald Trump was roundly criticised for failing to touch on the subject during his speech to the nation yesterday (Monday October 3).
Instead, the outspoken billionaire expressed his “sadness, shock and grief” to those affected by the worst shooting in the modern history of the US.
On his way to Puerto Rico today, Mr Trump said: “The police department has done such an incredible job, and we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”
When pressed on the issue of gun control, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters: “I think there will be, certainly time for that policy discussion to take place.
“But that’s not the place we’re in at this moment.”
However, in the past Mr Trump has not been shy in expressing his views on the Second Amendment and, as with many of his other views, he is perceived to have shifted to the right over the years.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s the star of The Apprentice spoke out in favour of a partial ban on assault weapons, criticising Republicans who “walk the NRA line” and “refuse even limited restrictions” on gun laws in his 2000 book ‘The America We Deserve’.
However, he also claimed that the Democrat’s desire to “confiscate guns” was “a dumb idea”, and instead struck a middle ground.
In an extract from the 304-page policy book, Mr Trump told readers: “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.
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“With today’s internet technology, we should be able to tell within seventy-two hours if a potential gun owner has a record.”
Even as late as 2012, Mr Trump spoke out in favour of former President Barack Obama’s call for a tightening of control laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre which killed 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut.