Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he does not want to enact stricter gun laws in America but is in favor of allocating more resources to help the mentally ill in order to prevent shootings.
"This isn't a gun problem, this is a mental problem," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day." "It's not a question of the laws, it's really the people."
Trump’s statement came one day after a reporter and photographer were shot during a live interview in Virginia, Opposing Views reported. The reporter, Alison Parker, was 24 years old, and the photographer, Adam Ward, was 27 years old.
Trump referred to the Virginia gunman, former reporter Vester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, as a “very sick man” and said mental illness is “a massive problem” in the U.S.
Trump did not specify what additional resources he would allocate for mental illness should he become president but said there are “so many things that can be done” to prevent shootings like the one in Virginia.
Trump called the Virginia shooting “really, very sad” and added that that he thinks Flanagan should have been “institutionalized.”
"In the old days they had mental institutions for people like this because he was really, definitely borderline and definitely would have been and should have been institutionalized," Trump said. "At some point somebody should have seen that, I mean the people close to him should have seen it."
Trump added that he would not make it more difficult for “sane people” to acquire guns, Politico reports.
“It’s a very complex situation. I’m a very strong Second Amendment person,” Trump said.
Trump -- referring to Chicago’s strict gun laws and large amount of gun violence -- added that he does not think putting fewer guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens will make anyone safer.