During the third GOP presidential debate, Donald Trump said that he would feel safe if his employees had firearms at work, and he called gun-free zones "target practice for sickos."
The Republican front runner said during the televised Oct.28 event that he would lift gun restrictions on his properties, Time reports.
“I feel that the gun-free zones… that’s target practice for the sickos and for the mentally ill,” Trump said on CNBC, according to Time. “They look around for gun-free zones.”
The real estate mogul added that he would support lifting gun restrictions on his properties
“I think gun free zones are a catastrophe, they’re a feeding frenzy for sick people,” he said.
Trump has often said that guns don't cause violence, poor mental health treatment does.
His official website reads:
All of the tragic mass murders that occurred in the past several years have something in common – there were red flags that were ignored. We can’t allow that to continue. We need to expand treatment programs, because most people with mental health problems aren’t violent, they just need help. But for those who are violent, a danger to themselves or others, we need to get them off the street before they can terrorize our communities. This is just common sense.
Trump's stance on violent gun crimes mirrors the average American: according to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll, 63 percent of Americans, including 82 percent of Republicans, believe that mass shootings happen because of lackluster mental health care, not because of lax gun control laws, reports the Atlantic.
“No matter what you do, guns, no guns, it doesn’t matter,” Trump said in August. “You have people that are mentally ill and they’re going to come through the cracks and they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible.”
Trump has often mentioned that he has a concealed carry permit, and during the debate, he hinted at how often he is armed.
“I do carry on occasion -- sometimes a lot,” Trump said, according to ABC News. “But I like to be unpredictable.”