By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:35 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 17:35 BST, 1 September 2019
President Trump told reporters on Sunday that stricter background checks for gun buyers in the United States would not have prevented Saturday night's mass-shooting in ewst Texas, and continued to cast the recurring massacres as the product of lax attention paid to the mental illness of 'another very sick person.'
'For the most part, sadly, if you look at the last four or five, or going back even five or six or seven years, for the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it,' he said of the carnage.
'So it's a big problem. It's a mental problem. It's a big problem.'
A gunman killed seven people and injured at least 19, including three police officers, in Odessa, Texas.
While the White House sought to bring calm to the aftermath of what is only America's fourth-deadliest gun slaughter this year, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke vented his anger by dropping an F-bomb on national television.
'We're averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close. So yes, this is f***ed up,' O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, said on CNN's 'State of the Union' program.
Postal worker Mary Granados (left) was shot and killed when a gunman hijacked her truck in West Texas on Saturday. Three police officers were wounded in the shooting, including Zack Owens (right)
Seventeen-month-old Anderson Davis is in the hospital with shrapnel wounds on her face and chest