President Trump told Piers Morgan of Good Morning Britain that he would “seriously” consider banning gun silencers in the United States after Virginia Beach became the latest victim of a mass shooting on May 31.

‘I’d like to think about [banning silencers],” he said. “I’m going to seriously look at it. I don’t like the idea of it, what’s happening is crazy.”

These comments come as a result of the rising frequency of mass gun-related violence in the U.S., with an average of one mass shooting a month in 2018.

Trump is still reluctant, however, to say that gun restrictions are the answer.

“Piers, when somebody has a gun illegally and the others [don’t] they have no chance,” Trump said. “The bad guys are not getting rid of their guns…The people who obey the laws are sitting ducks. The thing I think about the most is Paris…if there was a gun on the other side.”

Trump also remarked that “if the [Vegas] guy didn’t have guns he’d have used bombs or something else.”

At last week’s shooting in Virginia Beach, 12 people were killed by the gunman. Police found a high-capacity magazine and a silencer mechanism at the scene of the crime.

Ralph Northam, governor of Virginia, said on Tuesday that he will request Capitol lawmakers to consider gun control legislation. Northam’s proposals include a ban on silencers and high-capacity magazines. Earlier this year, the Trump administration banned bump stocks, devices that let a semi-automatic weapon fire repeatedly, like a machine gun.

Written ByMicaela Ricaforte

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