It was only a matter of time before someone else said something stupid about the terrorist attacks in Paris last night. And judging by his track record, chances were high that that someone would be Donald Trump. Behold, the honey-glazed tiger testicle has spoken, and he's said precisely what we all expected him to say: that the Paris attacks would have been different with more guns.
Speaking at a rally in Beaumont, Texas, Trump said, "You can say what you want, but if they had guns—if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry—it would have been a much, much different situation." His remarks build on a tweet he posted in January in reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, which was also roundly criticized:
He also declared that the U.S. is "insane" if it shelters any Syrian refugees in the wake of the attacks, completely ignoring the fact that most refugees are running from ISIS fighters, who have killed more than 200,000 Syrians in the four-and-a-half-year war. Unsurprisingly, many of Trump's supporters echoed his anti-refugee sentiments. "I think they're wolves in sheep's clothing," John Courts, a Beaumont police officer, told the Washington Post. "Bringing those refugees here is very dangerous. Yeah, they need help but it's going to bring terrorism right into our front door."
Trump began the rally by holding a moment of silence for the Paris victims—at least 153 people were killed in the attacks, and dozens more were wounded—but he quickly transitioned to criticizing President Obama's handling of the Islamic State, saying the U.S. should be more aggressive.