President Donald Trump spoke briefly with reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland this weekend to address the Saturday morning mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh — and he didn’t hold back in his remarks about gunman Robert Bowers.
The president characterized Bowers, who is in police custody, as a “wacko” who should be sentenced to death for his horrific crime.
Trump went on to suggest that an armed guard at the targeted temple might have prevented Saturday’s massacre altogether.
Mass shooters should get death penalty
The president was asked if he thought stricter gun control laws might have made a difference on Saturday, but Trump replied that gun control “had little to do” with the current situation and instead asserted that “if they had protection inside, this would have been far better.”
After praising the response of law enforcement and the local community to the shooting, Trump noted that there is violence all over the world, but responding to reporters’ questions on what he could do to prevent attacks like this in the future, the president added: “I think one thing we should do is we should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty, when people do this they should get the death penalty, and they shouldn’t have to wait years and years.”
He added: “Now the lawyers will get involved, and everybody else will get involved, and we’ll be ten years down the line, and I think they should stiffen up laws and I think they should very much bring the death penalty in vogue.”
Trump went on to say that “anybody that does a thing like this to innocent people, whether in a temple or church…should really suffer the ultimate price. They should pay the ultimate price, I’ve felt that way for a long time,” he said.
“Some people disagree with me — I can’t imagine why — but this has to stop,” he added.
Armed guards would help
The president then returned to the topic of placing armed guards in vulnerable locations that could be targeted by a mass shooter, a topic that he admitted was “a shame” that it even needed to be discussed.
“Isn’t it a shame that we even have to speak that way?” the president quipped. “Isn’t it a shame that we even have to think that, inside of a temple or inside of a church, but certainly the results might have been far better.”
The president was asked if he was explicitly calling for all churches and temples to post armed guards, but the president said, “I hate to think of it that way.” Pressed if that is what he was demanding, he replied: “No, but that is certainly an option.”
The liberal media and progressive leftists who hate the death penalty may balk at Trump’s suggestion, but odds are the vast majority of Americans feel similarly as the president that mass shooters who murder scores of innocent victims should pay the ultimate price for their atrocities and, if convicted, face a swift execution.