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Trump Rips Gun Control, Obama, Clinton at Rally

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Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Houston, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Houston, Texas, U.S., June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger

The presumptive Republican U.S. presidential nominee used profanity at a rally in Texas Friday night to describe gunman Omar Mateen who shot up a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding scores more.

Donald Trump also told the crowd the outcome of that tragic night would have been different if patrons had been armed.

"If some of those wonderful people had guns strapped right here, right to their waist or right to their ankle and this son of a bitch comes out and starts shooting and one of the people in the room happened to have it and goes boom, boom, you know what folks, that would have been a beautiful, beautiful sight," the billionaire businessman said to a cheering crowd.

Trump also criticized U.S. President Barack Obama who has once again called for stricter gun control in the wake of the Orlando massacre. "President Obama is trying to make terrorism into guns and it's not guns, folks. It is not guns," Trump said. "It's radicalization. It's a hatred. It's a deep-seated hatred."

Trump's Democratic rival did not escape his ire either. He told his supporters Hillary Clinton wanted to allow refugees into the U.S. from countries where "they want to kill gays and they enslave women and Hillary Clinton wants them pouring in."

Some Republicans leaders have encouraged Trump to tamp down his rhetoric, but he has steadfastly refused.

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