Donald Trump has described the recent US school shooting as a "savage and barbaric atrocity" but has criticised those who have called for stricter gun laws.
The former US president was a guest speaker at the convention in Houston of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights group.
Mr Trump said: "The terrible murder of 19 innocent children and two adult teachers, with many badly injured, was a savage and barbaric atrocity that shocks the conscience of every American, so horrible."
But, like many of the convention's other speakers, Mr Trump refused to see any connection between their deaths and the ease with which 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was able to access the AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle that killed them.
He criticised the "now familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights" and the "grotesque effort by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their own extreme political agenda".
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