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Trump Says Tougher Gun Laws Could’ve Worsened Texas Death Toll

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Mr. Kelley was shot twice by the armed bystander after he walked out of the church, having finished his killing spree inside. He might have continued his attack elsewhere, but the entire town of Sutherland Springs only has about 600 people.

Instead, a wounded Mr. Kelley led the bystander and another man on a dramatic car chase that ended in a crash. He was found dead in his car of what the police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The carnage in Texas has overshadowed Mr. Trump’s trip to Asia, and his response to questions about it has hardened as the questions have kept coming. On Monday in Tokyo, he described the gunman as a “very deranged individual,” saying, “I think that mental health is your problem here.”

In Seoul, standing next to President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Mr. Trump, as he has before, invoked street violence in Chicago as a reason to be suspicious of tighter gun regulations.

“The city with the strongest gun laws in our nation is Chicago,” he said, “and Chicago is a disaster. It’s a total disaster.”

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Wendy Pettit

Wendy Pettit is a writer for NYT and writes for other publications on her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog Zuko.

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