Donald Trump speculated today that things would have been different in Paris last night if more people were carrying guns. Addressing a rally in Beaumont, Texas, Trump said “nobody had guns but the bad guys.”
“You can say what you want,” Trump told the Texans, “but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation.” Other Republican candidates commiserated with the French, some of them refraining initially from overtly political comments, and others not so much. Trump also ridiculed President Obama in an earlier tweet for claiming prior to the assault on Paris that “ISIL continues to shrink.”
Rupert Murdoch, News Corp and 21st Century Fox chairman and CEO, also waded into the fray, calling the the tragic events in Paris “an attack on us. I.E., Western civilization” — taking issue with Obama’s description of the tragedy as “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.” Obama’s remarks were part of his address to the nation Friday night.
Murdoch’s tweets and those of several GOP candidates follow: