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Trump Explains the Situation

14 November 2017

Iím not in the White House Situation Room right now because Iím representing the Free World in Asia, but I want to tell you the situation anyway. Iíll make this brief because I like short documents. I like them even more if they have bullet points. I also like plain bullets.

The situation in Asia is that we have a lot of good friends here, and a really bad enemy. Japan is a friend and they have nice golf courses. I donít know if China is a friend or an enemy because they donít have as many golf courses and theyíre so inscrutable. North Korea is an enemy because they donít have a single golf course, they have really bad weapons like ballistic missiles and a leader who called me a dotard, whatever that means. That takes care of the international situation.

In America we donít have any bad weapons, only bad people who use them. Thanks to the Second Amendment of our great Constitution, we have more guns than any other country in the world, 270 million to be exact. Thatís 42 percent of the worldís guns, even though we only have 4.4 percent of the global population!

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the recent shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. That wasnít a guns situation. It was a mental health situation. We have a lot of mental health problems in our country, as do other countries. That was a very, very sad event. But fortunately, two good guys had guns that were shooting in the opposite direction, otherwise it would have beenóas bad as it wasóit would have been much worse. Itís also lucky that the good guys werenít more bad guys, otherwise it would have been much, much worse. Good guys never have mental health problems.

Devin Kelley, the Texas shooter, has a nice Irish name so heís not a terrorist. But he is a very deranged individual who had been court-martialed for assaulting his wife and breaking his babyís skull. I was never court-martialed because I got 5 draft deferments. Some people are really sick. Just saying.

The shooting in Las Vegas wasnít a guns situation either. That was another mental health problem. Stephen Paddock also has a good Irish name so he couldnít be a terrorist, but heís another very deranged individual. The sucker had an arsenal of 47 guns, bought with good money in the great states of Nevada, Utah, Texas and California, 33 of them purchased in the last year! †What a buying spree! But that doesnít mean it was a guns situation, even though it was plenty good for the firearms business. Iíll bet if you put 47 shrinks in a room with Paddy, theyíd come up with at least 47 mental health problems, even some with bump stocks.

Thatís the situation on the home front.

Edward Stanton is the author of eleven books, including the novel Wide as the Wind, winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction