Donald Trump said on Wednesday that, if he or somebody else with a gun had been present during last Friday's attacks in Paris, things would have gone differently.
"So they were just shooting people: ‘Next! Next!’" the former reality TV star told Boston radio host Jeff Kuhner. "Just people were totally defenseless. If you had a guy like you or me, or some other guys in that room that had guns, it wouldn’t have been that way, Jeff. You know. It wouldn’t have been that way."
Trump made the comments after saying that, because of French gun laws, "nobody had a gun" to shoot the attackers, adding that "the only ones that had the guns are the bad guys."
Earlier in his answer, he objected to the characterization of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who reportedly plotted the attacks and was reported dead on Wednesday, as a "mastermind." Trump said that he should be referred to instead as a "nutjob." He further called Abaaoud a "wacky guy," who "looks like ten cents."
"What’s the mastermind?" Trump said. "Guys who walked into rooms and they started shooting people. Is that a mastermind? I don’t think so. And most of them were shot and killed ultimately. You know, an interesting — and just to finish off —they walk into a room. Lot of people in those various rooms. Nobody has a gun because Paris and France has the strongest gun laws in the world practically."
In the interview, Trump concluded his answer by calling the attack a "very, very sad thing," before alluding to his popularity in New Hampshire and adding that he was "a Second Amendment person. Big league."
"It’s a very, very sad thing that happened,so I’m a big second amendment person," he said. "And that’s one of the reasons they like me in New Hampshire. I’m a second amendment person. Big league."
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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