Ben Carson is defending his comments that put the gun control debate front and center in the headlines over the past few days. Carson made some comments seen as controversial when it comes to mass shootings, particularly on the heels of the recent tragedy in Oregon last week. Critics are accusing him of being “insensitive” to the mass shooting victims with some of his recent comments, according to Fox News live today.
According to CBS News on October 7, Carson said that he’d rather see a body with bullet holes over gun control.” This was a comment he made during his Facebook Q&A on Monday night. Then he said while talking about the mass shooting in Oregon this week, “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Carson told “Fox and Friends” live. “I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.” he said on Fox News while chuckling on Tuesday.
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly said during an interview with the GOP candidate, “The accusation there, Dr. Carson, is that you appeared tone deaf and that you seemed callous in the laughter about a massacre and what you would have done.” Carson responded, “I’m laughing at them and their silliness,” Kelly then asked, “Who?”
Carson then responded, “The people asking that question. Of course, you know, if everybody attacks that gunman, he’s not going to be able to kill everybody. But if you sit there and let him shoot you one by one, you’re all going to be dead.” Carson was asked if he was judging the victims of the Oregon shootings. Carson responded that he was just looking at “the big picture.”
Carson then explained that he is “not judging them at all. But, you know, these incidents continue to occur. I doubt that this will be the last one. I want to plant the seed in people’s minds so that if this happens again, you know, they don’t all get killed,” he said. He also went on “The View” and once again made the point that teachers should have a gun.
He did say that he would want to see the teachers trained and obviously he wouldn’t want to see that gun sitting out on the desk, but securely locked up. He believes, like many other folks believe, that in today’s world a gun needs to be at the ready if a shooting does occur in a school.
Joy Behar asked if the teacher would be able to get to the gun in time. Carson said, “I want that teacher trained in diversionary tactics and whatever needs to be done in order to get there and I want there to be other people in that school who also know how to get to that gun.” Carson has many supporters around properly arming teachers and staff at schools. The GOP candidate believes they would need gun training, but he believes a gun should be available in case another horrific event does occur at a school, like those seen recently in the headlines.
It appears that Carson is like many of the other candidates addressing their belief in the right to own a gun. They find themselves struggling when trying to find a middle ground of talking about gun rights while still appearing empathetic to the recent mass shootings. His views on gun control are about the right to have a gun for defending yourself against horrific incidents like these mass shootings.
“Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday morning had anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck, very adamant that Carson was just expressing his right, as well as everyone else’s right in the country to defend themselves. She was very emotional when lambasting all the negative press to come out of Carson’s comments. Carson is seen as a gentle human being, one who has dedicated his life into saving others’ lives, so his comments took many off guard this week. While he might have confused some by what he did say, he sees guns in the hands of the right people, saving lives.
Carson appeared on Fox News live on Wednesday morning and he said to keep people safe, the shooters need to be studied in these mass shootings and experts need to look for early warning signs to help pinpoint future shooters. He believes certain teachers who have the right disposition could be trained to have access to a gun at school. He also said there are a lot of retired police officers that can be hired to carry a gun and act as security for any given school.
Carson’s comments over the past week were about using guns to save lives, but unfortunately critics have used his own words against him. “People are smart,” said Carson live on Fox Wednesday, he conveys that they can judge for themselves about what he is saying and what the critics are saying he is saying.