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France and Britain angered by Trump’s NRA speech

France and Britain angered by Trump’s NRA speech
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Trump’s latest speech to the National Rifle Association sees him offend both France and Britain at the same time! (Great!)

Aiming his sights at the two closest allies to the USA, Trump decided to state that the Paris Attacks of 2015, which killed over 130 people, would not have been as severe if someone would have had a gun on them.

In actions offensive to the families of the victims, Trump motioned a gun, stating how the people were shot individually by the terrorists, before finally stating that France lost so many lives because of their gun laws, a statement that earned a murmur of approval from the audience.

‘They took their time and gunned them down one by one — boom, come over here, boom, come over here, boom’

Angered by Trump’s statements, the French foreign ministry issued comment; ‘France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s remarks … and calls for the respect of the memory of the victims’.

Francois Hollande, the president of France at the time of the attacks, has labelled the comments as shameful, asking Trump to be much more respectful of the victims and their families.

Paris has also issued a statement saying that the free flow of arms would have done little to prevent a terrorist attack and that in many cases it causes an attack in the first place; ‘the statistics of the people killed by guns don’t convince France to change its guns laws.’

Meanwhile, the French ambassador for the USA stated that the US gun laws do little to convince him that the introduction of guns into French society would do anything to bring down the crime and death rate.


Next on Trump’s list of people and places to offend: London.

Trump labelled the capital city, which has been experiencing issues with knife crime lately, as being full of hospitals resembling war zones with blood all over the floors; ‘They don’t have guns. They have knives and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital,” Trump said. “They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital … knives, knives, knives. London hasn’t been used to that. They’re getting used to that. It’s pretty tough’.

Whilst the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has failed to comment on the comments, many trauma doctors, nurses and surgeons tweeted the president back, stating that he had clearly got his facts wrong.

Whilst some argued that London do have an issue with knife crime, they stated that the country were not simply going to deal with violence by introducing more violent weapons- an approach which Trump seems to think is the best solution to crime.

The UK cabinet former minister tweeted the absurdity of dealing with crime through more crime.


Professor Brohi, a trauma surgeon, stated that gun shot wounds are much more deadly than knife wounds as well as being much more destructive and far harder to treat, calling for Trump to come to the hospitals to see the supposed carnage for himself.

Although it is known that Theresa May talked on the phone with Trump on Saturday, it is unclear what was discussed or whether May happened to hopefully bring up that Trump’s comments were rather inappropriate.

We can just add these comments to the long list of Trump’s offensive remarks towards countries with whom he apparently considers as close allies.

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Elizabeth Whittingham Elizabeth is a third year history student studying at The University of Manchester.