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Manhattan district attorney says Trump's rhetoric 'undermines' security efforts

Politico

Cy Vance, the normally under-stated Manhattan district attorney, repeatedly criticized President Donald Trump during a Wednesday address, accusing the president of undermining the fight against terrorism with rhetoric and proposals that alienate allies and immigrants.

Vance also flipped a recent presidential tweet on its head, after Trump suggested that there was no need to debate gun-control laws anymore because the recent terrorist attack in London was carried out with “knives and a truck.”

The district attorney — who was in London the day before the attack, corralling support for his Global Cyber Alliance — called Trump’s tweet, “Odd,” and added, “We should be having a gun debate right now, in America.”

Speaking at a luncheon in Midtown Manhattan hosted by the Police Athletic League, Vance said the London attackers “were highly organized and that because guns are not freely available in the U.K., they were only able to kill 7 people.”

The district attorney then recalled “another terrorist who struck in the not-too-distant past,” whom he described as “not well organized” nor “ terrorism-trained, but he had guns. So, instead of killing two people, or seven people, he killed in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 49.”

The difference, Vance said, was “a simple function of having access to guns that can kill dozens of people in the space of seconds.”

Vance also handed out excerpts at the event of the latest issue of ISIS’ online magazine, which tells would-be terrorists, “The acquisition of firearms can be very simple depending on one’s geographical location. In most U.S. states, anything from a single-shot shotgun all the way up to a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle can be purchased at showrooms or through online sales — by way of private dealers — with no background checks, and without requiring either an ID or a gun license. And with approximately 5,000 gun shows taking place annually within the United States, the acquisition of firearms becomes a very easy matter.”

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