Trump rejects gun control debate in wake of Las Vegas massacre


A modified bump stock rifle was discovered in the hotel room of the Las Vegas gunman who killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 people. Trump also met with about 100 medical professionals.

Trump said after the visit that he'd met "some of the most incredible people" and invited them to visit the White House if they're ever in Washington. He thanked the President for his support and prayers.

"While everyone else was crouching, police officers were standing up as targets just trying to direct people and tell them where to go", Trump said.

Tiffany Huizar, 18, a high school student who lives in Santa Ana, Calif., is recovering from bullet wounds in the stomach and elbow.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who leads the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said Mr Trump had called him the day after the shooting.

"He never said anything to me or took any action that I was aware of that I understood in any way to be a warning that something frightful like this was going to happen", Danley, 62, said in a written statement read to reporters by her attorney in Los Angeles, where she was being questioned.

"You showed the world - and the world is watching - and you showed what professionalism is all about".

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Trump made similar remarks to reporters earlier on Tuesday saying what happened in Nevada "is in many ways a miracle". He also drove past the Trump hotel.

Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant and multimillionaire real estate investor, specifically requested an upper-floor room with a view of the country music festival, according to a person who has seen hotel records turned over to investigators.

But, she said at a briefing on Monday, it was not the time to discuss gun control.

"Nobody cared what you looked like last night".

"We can not be defined by the evil that threatens us or the violence that incites such terror", Mr Trump said at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters, reading from prepared remarks. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App At a Tuesday evening briefing, investigators said Paddock had devices attached to 12 weapons allowing semiautomatic rifles to mimic fully automatic gunfire.

"We're not addressing what we had with the nine in Charleston", he said, referring to the 2015 church shooting in that city that killed nine people, and the fact that the shooter cleared a federal background check and was able to purchase a gun.