Trump: Unarmed Civilians Are ‘Sitting Ducks’

June 5, 2019 Updated: June 5, 2019

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President Donald Trump said on June 5 that unarmed civilians are “sitting ducks” by obeying laws that prevent carrying guns for self-defense.

“When somebody has a gun illegally and nobody else has a gun because the laws are that you can’t have a gun, those people are gone,” Trump told “Good Morning Britain’s” Piers Morgan during an interview that covered a range of gun control topics.

“They have no chance,” he added.

Morgan brought up the Virginia Beach shootings as the latest example of America’s high gun crime rate.

“America has a particular issue with gun violence. There’s been a 150 mass shootings in America this year alone. In Britain, we have 35 gun deaths a year,” Morgan said.

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Victims of the shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 31, 2019. (Courtesy City of Virginia Beach via AP)
People place flowers at a makeshift memorial
People place flowers at a makeshift memorial for the 12 victims of a mass shooting at the Municipal Center in Virginia Beach, Va., on June 2, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Yeah, but in London you have stabbings allover. I read an article where everyone’s being stabbed,” Trump replied. “They said your hospital is a sea of blood all over the floors.”

“We have a problem with knife crime,” Morgan responded.

Trump told Morgan that the Paris shootings in November 2015 that killed 130 would never have happened had “two or three of those people had a gun.”

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Survivors are seen in a bus after gunfire in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France on Nov. 13, 2015. (Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
Chile's President Michele Bachelet places a wreath
Chile’s President Michele Bachelet places a wreath as she pays tribute to the victims of the Bataclan concert hall attack, on Nov. 29, 2015 in Paris, two weeks after the Nov. 13 series of shooting and suicide bombing that killed 130 and injured more than 360 people. (Matthieu AlexandreE/AFP/Getty Images)

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