Ben Carson on Oregon: ‘I Would Not Just Stand There and Let Him Shoot Me’
Ben Carson’s latest comments on the Oregon shooting are insulting to the victim’s families.
Carson suggested that he could have handled the situation better and would have heroically charged the gunman, saving the day for everyone. He claimed that he would have defended his religion at all costs.
“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Mr. Carson said, explaining that he would defend his faith at any cost. “I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.’”
The New York Times reports:
In solidarity with the victims, Mr. Carson recently posted a photograph of himself with a sign that said “I am Christian.” He said on Tuesday that the gesture was intended to show that Americans should not give away their Judeo-Christian identity under any circumstances.
“When you give away your identity, you give away your soul,” he said.
Mr. Carson is also not willing to give any ground on gun rights. In a question and answer session on Facebook this week, he explained that two of his cousins were killed in the streets and that as a doctor he has had to remove many bullets from bodies. Despite the breathtaking nature of such violence, he said, curbing the right to bear arms is not a real solution.
“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away,” Mr. Carson wrote.
Seizing on his role as an outsider in the election, Mr. Carson criticized President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for politicizing gun violence and said that recent killings are a mental health issue. He has said that schools would be safer if teachers had training and access to weapons and said that measures are needed to identify criminals before they take action.
Mr. Carson also shed light on how he would handle such tragedies if he is elected president. Mr. Obama is heading to Oregon later this week to meet with families of victims and some in the community have been resistant to that visit. Mr. Carson said that he would not make such a trip if it were not welcome.
“Probably not,” Mr. Carson said. “I mean, I would probably have so many things on my agenda that I would go to the next one.”
Mr. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who is thoughtful and soft-spoken on the campaign trail, has been attracting controversy when discussing religion. Last month he started a debate about the role of religion in politics when he said that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim president.
Republican presidential candidates, who do not favor tighter gun control measures, have been on the defensive after last week’s killings. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida was criticized for being insensitive when he said “stuff happens,” and that government intervention is not always the right response to crises.
On Tuesday, Mr. Carson said that the Second Amendment remains extremely important. Quoting Daniel Webster, he said, “America would never suffer tyranny because the people are armed.”
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