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27 Oct, 2018 16:46

Trump on synagogue massacre: ‘Little to do with gun laws, something has to be done with hate in US’

US President Donald Trump has responded to the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting by saying that something must be done about hate in America, and that armed guards at churches and synagogues are an option.

The US president said the shooting has little to do with gun laws, and that results could have been different if someone had been armed inside the place of worship.

“If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a much more different situation, they didn’t," he told reporters while boarding Air Force One.

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He said that when people do such actions, they should receive the death penalty.

"I think one thing we should do is we would stiffen up our laws with guns with the death penalty," he said. "When people do this they should get the death penalty."

The US president initially said he was considering canceling his Saturday rally in Illinois following the shooting. However, he later said he would not be doing so. 

He called the shooting a "wicked act" of mass murder and "pure evil," referring to anti-Semitism as a "vile, hateful poison."

Trump's remarks came after he earlier tweeted that he had been watching the events in Pittsburgh unfold, and that the incident was "far more devastating than originally thought."

"What happened in Pittsburgh today was not just criminal, it was evil. An attack on innocent Americans and an assault on our freedom of religion," US Vice President Mike Pence told an audience in Las Vegas. "There is no place in America for violence or anti-Semitism," he added.

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