Trump: "Gun Owners Now More Than Ever Need To Be Able To Protect Themselves"

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In an interview Monday morning on CNN's 'New Day,' GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to the terror attacks in Orlando over the weekend and to renewed calls from his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for more gun control.

DONALD TRUMP: We have right now thousands of people living in the United States who have the same kind of hate in their hearts as he had, and we have to know who they are.

ALYSON CAMEROTA, CNN: Mr. Trump, as you know, this guy was on the FBI's radar. In fact, he was interviewed twice by FBI agents. In 2013 and 2014, they were concerned that he did have radical ties to extremists or to terrorists. Yet they concluded there was nothing they could do about it. He was allowed to own a gun, he had a carry license. Are you comfortable with people who the FBI has identified as possibly having radical ties owning weapons?

DONALD TRUMP: Well, in this case, he was actually licensed and -- which is a sort of amazing thing. He went out, he was fully licensed, he had the right to have a gun. So for all those people who want to have people get licensed, here's an example of somebody that went out and got a license, and was able to get a gun... Gun owners, now more than ever, need to be able to protect themselves.

By the way: If you had some guns in that club the night that this took place, if you had guns on the other side, you wouldn't have had the tragedy that you had. If people in that room had guns, if we had bullets flying in the opposite direction--

CAMEROTA: But there was! But Mr. Trump, there was an armed security guard.

TRUMP: --right at [the terrorist's] head. You wouldn't have had the same tragedy that you ended up having.

And nobody even knows how bad that tragedy is. I think probably the numbers will get bigger and bigger and worse and worse. I hear the injured are so gravely injured.

If you had guns in that room, if you had -- even if you had a number of people having them strapped to their ankle or strapped to their waist where bullets could have flown in the other direction right at him, you wouldn't have had that kind of tragedy.

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