Donald Trump says Texas shooting is due to a 'mental health' issue

Donald Trump says Texas shooting is a 'mental health' issue over gun law problem

The US President gave a statement on the shooting in a press conference on his tour of Japan

Monday, November 6, 2017

Donald Trump has stated his belief of how the shooting in Texas was the result of a "mental health problem", rather than US gun laws. 

At least 26 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on worshippers in Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church, located just outside of San Antonio.

The suspected gunman - who has been identified as Devin Patrick Kelley in US media reports - was later found dead of a gunshot wound several miles away from the scene of the shooting. 

In response to the massacre, the US President - who is on a formal tour of Japan - gave a press conference to respond to the attack, having previously called it an "act of evil."

When asked by a journalist present, Trump stated his belief the incident was a "mental health problem at the highest level", quoting preliminary reports about the mindset of the shooter.

He made it clear he does not believe there was a problem with US gun laws. 

The Second Amendment of the American Constitution allows US citizens the right to bear and keep arms, which has proven to be a key obstacle for lobbyists seeking to change US gun laws.