Donald Trump claimed Tuesday in South Korea that a Texas mass-shooter would have claimed 'hundreds' of additional lives on Sunday if an armed citizen hadn't intervened.
Trump defended Stephen Willeford, a heroic Texan who chased down Devin Patrick Kelley and shot him as he attempted to flee after killing 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas
The president faced a question about gun control from a reporter who demanded to know if he would consider applying his tough-on-immigration 'extreme vetting' policy to gun purchasers.
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Donald Trump was asked whether he would be applying 'extreme vetting' procedures used on immigrants to gun purchases after the mass shooting in Texas
The President said the policy would have made 'no difference' to the outcome, and may have taken a gun out of the hands of Stephen Willeford, who shot killer Devin Patrick Kelley
Trump took the question as he spoke alongside Moon Jae-in, South Korea's president, in Seoul during his tour across Asia
Quick-thinking: Stephen Willeford and Johnnie Langendorff (right) have been praised as heroes after they were able to stop Texas gunman Devin Kelley's rampage
'If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago,' Trump replied.
'And you might not have had that very brave person who happened to have a gun or a rifle in his truck go out and shoot him and hit him and neutralize him.'
'And I can only say this,' Trump added: 'If he didn't have a gun, instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead.'
The president was visibly annoyed at having to face a gun control question for the second straight day as he traveled in Asia.
On Monday he told reporters in Tokyo that Sunday's deadly mass-shooting in Texas was the product of mental illness.
A day later in Seoul, South Korea, the White House