Trump's gun speech sparks fury in UK, France
- Author: Eleanor Harrison May 07, 2018,
May 07, 2018, 10:29
LONDON-Some British doctors and legislators reacted angrily last Saturday to President Donald J. Trump's pro-gun comments at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, comparing a London hospital to a war zone because of knife crime.
In reality, the attackers sprayed many of their 130 victims with semi-automatic fire and set off bomb belts.
He then mimicked the assailants shooting their weapons, saying: "Boom".
Trump's comment on the Paris attacks did not go down well with the French.
President Donald Trump's claim at a pro-gun rally that France's strict gun laws prevented victims from fighting back during the 2015 terror attacks "is shocking and unworthy", French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Sunday on BFM TV. The head of States wishes that the country was free to carry a firearm.
The French Government issued its strongest criticism of Mr Trump since he took office, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit.
'They took their time and gunned them down one by one.
Valls simply said of Trump's remarks: "Indecent and incompetent".
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said Trump's description of the 2015 attacks was "contemptuous and unworthy". Come over here. Boom, come over here.
Many extremists with explosive belts and attack guns murdered 130 people in the 2015 strikes about the Bataclan, Paris cafes and the national stadium. "What more is there to say?"
Professor Karim Brohi, a trauma surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, said it was "ridiculous" to suggest that guns were part of the solution to knife violence. There would be more weight surrounding this issue with these experts if they thought that the US President's comments would have any bearing in some changes to the United Kingdom legislation, but Parliament has not taken any of these comments or suggestions seriously. "Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more hard to fix", Brohi said in the statement on Saturday. "Yes, that's right, they don't have guns, they have knives and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital".
The President also adressed the issue of Chicago, "but Chicago has the toughest gun laws in our country; they're so tough but we know what's happening" he continued, refering to violent gang crime.
Trump's description of London is "knives, knives, knives", and it's worth mentioning that he said this while lunging his hand out like a blade.
Knife-related crimes rose by 23 percent in London last year and a spate of stabbings and shootings have left more than 50 people dead this year alone.