Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump has called for racial profiling in the US to prevent terror attacks and mass shooting incidents. Incidentally, Trump’s call for racial profiling comes just ahead of the Senate’s review of the gun control laws in the country.
The Senate is set to vote on four gun-control related measures in the wake of the recent Orlando mass shooting tragedy where 49 people were killed by a radical who pledged allegiance to the terror outfit IS (Islamic State).
“Well I think profiling is something that we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country,” Trump told the CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ in an interview on Sunday.
“Other countries do it, you look at Israel and you look at others, they do it and they do it successfully. And I hate the concept of profiling but we have to start using common sense and we have to use our heads,” Trump argued.
Trump had renewed his calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, soon after the Orlando nightclub massacre.
Trump said Omar Mateen, the Orlando shooter, should have been under the radar of the authorities.
“You look at his past, I mean? I’ve never seen a past quite like that. You look at his record in school, you look at a lot of other things. There were a lot of red flags, this was not a very good young man,” he said.
During the interview, Trump went on to say that horrific incidents like Orlando shooting could be prevented if the Muslim community would report suspicious things.
“When you look at people within the Muslim community and where people are living and they don’t report, and a good example of that would be San Bernardino,” Trump said.
“I mean, they had bombs all over their apartment floor and people saw it and nobody reported them, and 14 people were killed, many injured,” he added.
Trump said he is working with the National Rifles Association (NRA) to develop a policy that people on no fly list would not be allowed to buy a gun.
“We understand there are problems with that because some people are on the terror watch list that shouldn’t be on. So I’m working with the NRA, we’re discussing it and again the NRA has the best interests of our country, it just has the absolute best interests of our country,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)