Trump's gun speech sparks fury in UK, France

Trump's gun speech sparks fury in UK, France

In a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, Trump said that the Paris rampage could have ended differently if civilians had been armed.

"Each country is free to decide its own legislation in regards to gun control" and "the statistics on victims of gun violence do not lead France to question its laws in this matter".

The French Foreign Ministry said Saturday in a statement that "France is strongly disapproving of the remarks of president Trump regarding the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and demanding respect for the memory of the victims".

Islamic State attackers killed 130 people in Paris' Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national stadium.

Defending the NRA's point of view on benefits of arming civilians, other than enormous profit, the US President also pointed at the United Kingdom calling London a "war zone".

"France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated."The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, tweeted that President Trump's depiction of the 2015 attacks was "scornful and unworthy". The French minister said that such forces would not mean additional money, but, as he believes, there is enough money presented in the draft of the joint budget for the period from 2021 to 2027. Trump pointed his hand as if it were a gun while describing how each of the victims in Paris was fatally shot.

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The French government issued its strongest criticism of Mr Trump since he took office and one minister urged the leader to apologise, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit.

Former French president Francois Hollande and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, who were in power at the time of the 2015 attacks, also expressed their outrage in separate statements. They "said a lot about what he thinks of France and its values", he added. They have knives, and instead there's blood all over the floors of this hospital.

A senior London surgeon, Prof Karim Brohi, hit back by saying it was "ridiculous" to suggest guns could help combat knife violence.

Trump did not specify which hospital he was referring to but British media said he may have been speaking about The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, in the east of the city. "We are proud of our world-leading service and to serve the people of London", he added in a statement.

TheFrench Foreign Ministry has expressed its disagreement with President Donald Trump's statements regarding the 2015 series of terrorist attacks in Paris that left more then 100 dead and hundreds more injured.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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