Donald Trump claims gun restrictions would have made Texas massacre 'worse'

Spoke in South Korea following Sunday's mass shooting

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US President Donald Trump claims the Texas church massacre would have been much worse if there was tighter gun control.

During his trip to South Korea, Trump denounced a call for stricter gun control after Devin Kelley killed 26 people during a church service in Sutherland Springs on Sunday.

He said: "If you did what you're suggesting, there would have been no difference three days ago and you might not have had that very brave person who happens to have a gun or a rifle in his trunk."

Referring to 'good Samaritan' Stephen Willeford who exchanged fire with Kelley, Trump continued: "Instead of having 26 dead, you would have had hundreds more dead."

When the story broke on Sunday, Trump insisted the tragedy wasn't a gun crime story, but turned the focus to the shooter's state of mind.

He said: "We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. But this isn't a guns situation. Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction.

"This is a mental health problem at the highest level."