Morristown Municipal Airport
Morristown, New Jersey

4:32 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  I want to extend our condolences to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.  They’re incredible people and they’ve been through a lot.

I just want to also thank the law enforcement in both places.  The job they’ve done is incredible.  I also want to congratulate them.  I mean, nobody could have done what they’ve done.  This could have been — as bad as it was, it could have been so much worse.

I just have to thank them.  The job they’ve done is incredible.  And they were right on the ball in El Paso; they were there so quickly.  And, in Dayton, in less than a minute — think of the damage he did in just a short period of time — in less than a minute, the law enforcement acted and killed him.  And it would have been unbelievable.  It was — it would have been — it was horrible, but it would have been so much worse.  It could have been so much worse.

I just want to say that these are two incredible places.  We love the people.  Hate has no place in our country.  And we’re going to take care of it.

I spoke with Attorney General Bill Barr at length; I spoke to Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI; I spoke to the governors — both governors — and we’re doing a lot of work.  A lot of people are working right now — a lot of law enforcement people and others.  I spoke to members of Congress about whatever we can do and a lot of — a lot of things are being done right now, as we speak.

I’ll be making a statement tomorrow sometime.  But just on behalf of our First Lady and myself, condolences to all.  We have to get it stopped.  This has been going on for years — for years and years — in our country.  And we have to get it stopped.

So thank you very much.  And I will be making a statement tomorrow at about 10 o’clock.  And I’ll see you there.  Thank you all very much.

Q    What are you going to do about the problem of automatic and semiauto- —

THE PRESIDENT: You have to talk up.

Q    The gun problem.  What are you going to do about it?  What — how are you going to address it?

THE PRESIDENT:  We’re talking to a lot of people, and a lot of things are in the works, and a lot of good things.  And we have done much more than most administrations.  And it does — it’s not — really not talked about very much, but we’ve done, actually, a lot.  But perhaps more has to be done.

But this is also a mental illness problem.  If you look at both of these cases, this is mental illness.  These are peop- — really, people that are very, very seriously mentally ill.  So a lot of things are happening.  A lot of things are happening right now.

And I will see you tomorrow at 10 o’clock.  Thank you.
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