SANTIAGO – Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said on Thursday that it made no sense to believe that greater restrictions on the sale of firearms in the United States could prevent mass shootings like the one that killed 49 people last weekend at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Giuliani made his remarks at a speech in the Chilean capital, where he presented his ideas on fighting crime and answered questions about the race to the White House, Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms and the massacre early Sunday at the Pulse nightclub.
The American politician said that gun control had nothing to do with terrorism and that neither U.S. President Barack Obama nor presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton should be taking the conversation in that direction.
He accused both politicians of being soft on terrorism and said that, although he does not always agree with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee’s economic and anti-terrorism proposals were superior to Clinton’s.
Giuliani, who was mayor of New York at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Obama should be ashamed that there have been four major attacks perpetuated by Muslim radicals in a year: Paris, San Bernardino, California, Brussels and Orlando.
The former mayor said Omar Mateen’s attack inside the Pulse club, where 53 people were also wounded, was “an act of war.”
Regarding Chile, Giuliani recommended a number of measures to significantly reduce crime rates, including the need for coordination between the police that patrol the streets and those responsible for investigating crimes.
Giuliani also proposed an increase in the use of surveillance cameras, DNA analysis of suspects and tougher prison sentences for repeat offenders.
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