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Donald Trump Jr. says guns aren't to blame for the Uvalde massacre as the gunman could also have killed 19 kids with a bat

Sophia Ankel   

Donald Trump Jr. says guns aren't to blame for the Uvalde massacre as the gunman could also have killed 19 kids with a bat
  • Donald Trump Jr. commented on the Uvalde school shooting in a Facebook video on Saturday.
  • In the video, he mocked people who would argue that guns are to blame for the mass shooting.

Donald Trump Jr. argued on Saturday that guns aren't to blame for the massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas, suggesting that the shooter could have killed children with a bat or a machete.

In a video posted on Facebook, Trump Jr. sought to counter those proposing tighter gun laws in the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School last week that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

"They'll blame it on the guns. They'll blame it on everything, because no one can possibly take responsibility for their actions," he said in the video.

He continued by making fun of people who would blame the shooting on the gun but "not the sociopath wielding it."

"If it wasn't for the gun, this kid would be a well-adjusted, reasonable individual — he'd be a wonderful human being, right?" he said. "He wouldn't have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some sort of improvised device, or a machete?"

Trump Jr. said better targets for blame were an unstable family, mental-health issues, and "crazy teachers."

"No one can admit somebody is actually a piece of garbage and screwed up," he said. "We can't have that — that would be mean!"

Authorities have said the 18-year-old shooter, who was killed at the school by US Border Patrol agents, bought a military-style rifle a week before the massacre.

A CNN report described authorities as saying that the shooter had no history of mental illness, adding that his family and friends described him as a loner.

Trump Jr. is among several Republicans who have defended gun ownership in the aftermath of the shooting. His father, former President Donald Trump, said in a speech at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting that leaders should make it "far easier to confine the violent and mentally deranged into mental institutions."

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