Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson discussed how school shootings can be prevented, saying that if he was approached by the Oregon gunman he would have dealt with the situation differently.
In conversation with Fox & Friends, Carson talked about how he would have handled the Oregon gunman. “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” he said. “I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.’”
In a separate interview, he said he would be “much more comfortable” as a parent with the idea of more guns in schools. “If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere,” he said, “I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.” Carson is a father to three sons.
Christopher Harper-Mercer executed nine people before turning the weapon onto himself, when he opened gunfire at the Umpqua Community College in Oregon on October 1. Before shooting the students, the gunman asked them if they were Christians.
Despite being witness to “plenty of gun violence as a child,” Carson emphasized his stance against gun control in a Facebook message that he posted before his appearance on Fox & Friends. “There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking—but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away,” he wrote.
Last week, he said that gun control “doesn’t work for crazies,” adding that strengthening of mental health care was required to stem school shootings. As reported by MSNBC, Carson highlighted in a new book, “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,” that regulation of firearms could be compared with the Holocaust.
“German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s Hitler’s regime had mercilessly slaughtered six million Jews and numerous others whom they considered inferior,” he writes. “Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating deceitful propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.” He also said that the freedom of American citizens relied on their right to bear arms.
President Barack Obama said he was planning to visit Oregon and personally meet with the families of the victims. Carson said that visiting the area would have “probably not” been on his agenda. “I mean, I would probably have so many things on my agenda that I would go to the next one,” he said.
According to the latest national poll, Carson has 13 percent of the GOP primate vote, lagging behind Donald Trump who has 23 percent.
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