Former president Bill Clinton said on Tuesday that if club-goers at the gay Orlando nightclub attacked by Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen had had guns, more people would have died.
“Did you see how dark it was?” Clinton said during an interview with Bloomberg Live from the Clinton Global Initiative. “I think it’s likely that more people would have been killed.”
Clinton made the remarks after being asked about Donald Trump’s claim in the aftermath of the attack that fewer people would have died in the massacre if some patrons had been armed.
Mateen, who was born in New York but is of Afghan descent, stormed Pulse nightclub at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, armed with an .223 caliber AR type rifle and a 9mm semiautomatic pistol. He killed 49 people and injured 53 others in the onslaught, the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
Mateen, who reportedly frequented the club and might have been gay, was killed by police.