Trump, LeBron Square Off in Gun Control Debate
Both spoke on the topic in the wake of Thursday's school shooting in Oregon
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2015 4:45 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says gun-control laws having nothing to do with mass shootings.   (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

(Newser) – Presidential candidate Donald Trump and basketball superstar LeBron James took opposite sides in the divisive debate around gun control following Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college. Speaking with ABC News, Trump said current or future gun laws would not have stopped a shooter from killing nine people at Umpqua Community College. "Well the gun laws have nothing to do with this," he said. "This isn't guns; this is about really mental illness. And I feel very strongly about it. And again politically correct, 'Oh we're gonna solve the problem, there'll be no problem, etc., etc.'"

Meanwhile in Cleveland, a baby was killed in a drive-by shooting on Thursday, the Hill reports. She was the third child to be shot to death in the city in the past month. James addressed reporters after practice Friday. "There's no room for that. There's no room for guns," the AP quotes him as saying. "It's not just in Cleveland, it's the whole nation that goes through this as well. We all hurt from it." James took the moment to advocate in general for stronger penalties, rules, and regulations on firearms.