“Anybody who does this deserves the death penalty. When people do this they should get the death penalty. and ey shouldn’t have to wait years and years. Now the lawyers are going to get involved and we’ll be ten years down the line. Anybody that does this to innocent people who are in temple or in church, should pay the ultimate price. I’ve felt this way for a long time. People disagree with me. I can’t imagine why.”
‘They had a maniac walk in and the didn’t have any protection and it’s so sad to see. So sad to see.
‘It’s a very difficult thing for me to stand as president and watch.
‘Before I ran for office, I watched instances like this and I’d say, “what a shame, what a shame.” It’s tougher when you’re the president of the United States and you have to watch this kind of thing happen. It’s so sad to see.’
He praised the ‘outstanding’ law enforcement and said the gunman was able to get access when he shouldn’t have been because of the lack of security.
‘You look at the violence all over the world. It comes back in the form of a madman, a wacko. We should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty, they shouldn’t have to wait years and years.
‘I think they should stiffen up laws and bring the death penalty into vogue,’ he said.
There was no security at the Tree of Life on Saturday, with former synagogue leaders describing how it operates an open-door policy for worshipers and only puts security on for significant holidays despite fears among community leaders that such a shooting was on the horizon.
‘Today the door is open you can walk in an out. Like most religious institutions, we have an open door,’ the synagogue’s former president, Michael Eisenberg, told CBS Pittsburgh.
He added that security had been a ‘major’ concern for him in the past and that he was working with the government to improve escape routes and emergency procedures.
‘It was a major concern for me, for us.
‘We were working with the DHS to evaluate exit routes, I just spoke to our maintenance person who was able to get out.