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    Terrorist Attacks in Paris (254)

    If France had laws permitting its citizens to carry firearms the Paris attacks would have unfolded in a "much, much different" fashion, US presidential candidate Donald Trump said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Friday night, eight extremists wearing explosive belts attacked several venues across Paris, killing 129 people at restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall and in the vicinity of the Stade de France stadium.

    "When you look at Paris, toughest gun laws in the world, nobody had guns but the bad guys… And I will tell you what—you can say what you want, if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry, it would have been a much, much different situation," Trump said in an address Saturday, as quoted by the Time magazine.

    This is not the first time Trump commented on the French gun laws.

    On January 7, a group of extremists attacked the Parisian office of Charlie Hebdo, a magazine notorious for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, killing 12 people and injuring 11 others. Trump responded to the incident, asking "isn’t it interesting that the tragedy in Paris took place in one of the toughest gun control countries in the world?" on his Twitter account.

    The Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of US citizens to keep and bear arms. At the same time, the United States has been witnessing a growing number of mass shooting incidents over the past year, which prompted calls by some for greater gun controls.

    Terrorist Attacks in Paris (254)


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