(EDGE) During a live broadcast of a bipartisan meeting at the White House Wednesday, where President Donald Trump and lawmakers discussed gun control, Trump said if at least "one person" was carrying a gun at the Pulse gay club then the massacre "wouldn't have happened."
Trump's comments came when he and senators were discussing "gun-free zones," which he argues will make such areas more susceptible to shootings, The Orlando Sentinel reports. The president then used the Orlando shooting as an example.
"As an example, you take Pulse nightclub - if you had one person in that room that could carry a gun and knew how to use it, it wouldn't have happened, or certainly not to the extent it did, where he was just in there shooting, and shooting and shooting and they were just defenseless," Trump said.
The Orlando Sentinel points out, however, there was, in fact, an armed person at Pulse during the attack. Orland Police Officer Adam Gruler was working as off-duty security for the gay club and police said he exchanged gunfire with the gunman outside the club.
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub massacre, with many of the victims part of the LGBTQ community.
Watch a clip of Trump make his comments about the Pulse shooting below.
Trump saying if someone had been armed inside the Pulse nightclub, the shooting wouldn't have happened pic.twitter.com/dStGl7Vvdl— Salvador Hernandez (@SalHernandez) February 28, 2018