Former President Donald Trump expressed his condolences and thoughts on the tragedy in the wake of a horrific mass shooting that took the lives of at least 16 people.
According to a news report by Newsweek on Thursday, October 26, the incident occurred when a gunman opened fire at two separate locations, a bowling alley and a restaurant, on Wednesday evening.
The alleged perpetrator, 40-year-old Robert Card, has been identified as a person of interest in the case. Card, a certified firearms instructor and a member of the U.S. Army Reserve is currently on the run and considered “armed and dangerous.”
Official reports regarding the exact death toll are still pending. CBS has quoted multiple law enforcement officials suggesting a minimum of 16 casualties, while CNN reports a higher figure of 22. Unconfirmed accounts have mentioned that over 50 individuals may have sustained injuries in the tragic incident.
Taking to his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump, who recently formally announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race, reacted to the heart-wrenching situation. He described the event as “terrible” and lamented, “A terrible situation going on in Maine. At least 22 dead. It just seems to never end for the USA.”
Trump’s response to the tragedy harkens back to a statement he made in April at a National Rifle Association meeting when he downplayed the role of firearms in mass shootings.
“I was proud to be the most pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment president you’ve ever had in the White House,” Trump proclaimed. “And with your support in 2024, I will be your loyal friend and fearless champion once again as the 47th president of the United States.”
He further emphasized his perspective: “It is a scandal and a tragedy that year after year, Democrats in Washington continue to hold common sense school safety measures hostage to their radical gun control agenda, which, in virtually all cases, would do nothing to prevent attacks by demented and disturbed individuals.”
Trump asserted, “This is not a gun problem; this is a mental health problem, this is a social problem, this is a cultural problem, this is a spiritual problem.”
As the nation grapples with yet another tragic episode of gun violence, discussions surrounding the causes and solutions to such incidents continue to dominate the political and social landscape.