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Trump on Vegas shooting: 'We'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by'

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters outside the White House on Oct. 3, 2017. (CNN/Pool)

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there will eventually come a time to discuss gun control regulation in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, but he offered no indication of when that will be.

“We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House to travel to Puerto Rico to survey the hurricane recovery effort.

Democrats and activists have demanded action to prevent gun violence after a man carrying 23 guns opened fire on the crowd at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas from a hotel window above them on Sunday night. More than 50 people were killed and 527 others were injured.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that it is not the right time for a gun control debate.

Though he said nothing more about gun regulations Tuesday, Trump took a moment to praise the efforts of law enforcement officers who located the shooter very quickly.

“What happened in Las Vegas is in many ways a miracle,” he said. “The police department has done such an incredible job.”

He also described the shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as “a very sick individual.”

“He was a sick man, a demented man, lot of problems I guess,” Trump said, “and we’re looking into him very, very seriously.”

During his brief remarks, Trump also defended the federal response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, insisting it was "just as good" as the response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida. Some local residents and officials on the island have complained about not receiving aid, and Trump tweeted over the weekend that people there "want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort."

Trump said again Tuesday that "at a local level, they have to give us more help."

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