NEW YORK POST:
President Trump decried Saturday’s Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, calling the gunman “a madman, a wacko” and “a maniac” — but pushing back hard against any idea that more gun control is needed.
Instead, Trump repeatedly blamed a “violent world.” He also voiced support for guns inside houses of worship and called for “the ultimate price” for the shooter.
“It’s been a world with a lot of problems for many years, many, many years,” he told reporters as he prepared to board Air Force One for a campaign swing through the heartland.
“I think one thing we should do is stiffen our laws and bring back the death penalty,” he said at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.
“Anyone who does a thing like this to innocent people… they should really, really suffer the ultimate price. They should pay the ultimate price.”
At least eight people were killed inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning after a gunman burst into Sabbath services and opened fire.
He was identified by CBS affiliate KDKA as 46-year-old Robert Bowers. The shooter surrendered “with a pistol in his waist band and one strapped to his ankle,” local reporter Ross Guidotti tweeted.
Had there been armed guards inside the Pittsburgh temple, “They might have been able to stop him immediately,” Trump told reporters.
“Maybe there might have been nobody killed except for him.”
He added, “It’s a shame that we even have to think about that, inside a temple or inside of a church.”
Pressed by a reporter on the issue of arming places of worship, he said, “It’s certainly an option.