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US has a very big mental health problem: Trump over gun violence

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US President Donald Trump addressed the issue of rising gun violence in America. He said the country needs to focus on”a very big mental health problem”.

“It’s the people that pull the trigger, not the gun that pulls the trigger so we have a very, very big mental health problem and Congress is working on various things and I will be looking at it,” Trump added.

After the two mass shootings in one weekend in which 32 people died earlier this month, Trump seemed to defend the current US government’s gun control measures.

He said, the White House is “very much involved” in the discussions Congress is having to address gun violence and while “a lot of things are happening on the gun level” he said “the concept of mental institutions” must be addressed.

“These are people that have to be in institutions for help, I’m not talking about as a form of a prison, I’m saying for help and I think it’s something we have to look at, the whole concept of mental institutions,” he said. “I remember growing up we had mental institutions, then they were closed — in New York, I’m talking about — they were, many of them closed. A lot of them were closed and all of those people were put out on the street.”

“So I think the concept of mental institutions has to be looked at,” he said.

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