Washington, D.C. – GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson implied Tuesday that the Oregon shooting victims didn’t do enough to save themselves, and that if he himself had been there, he would have been more aggressive in confronting the attacker. “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me,” Carson said on “Fox & Friends.” “I would say, ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’”
Christopher Harper-Mercer, who killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, last week, had six guns with him at the school (and seven more at home). Witnesses said that Harper-Mercer asked some of the victims to state their religion – and that they likely did so in hopes that he would spare their lives – but he reportedly killed them no matter what they answered.
Notwithstanding Carson’s claim that the UCC victims just “let” Harper-Mercer shoot them, Army veteran Chris Mintz did fight back. Harper-Mercer shot Mintz seven times. Mintz survived, but is still recovering from his wounds. Carson also criticized President Barack Obama for saying last week that shootings should be politicized so that politicians will actually take action to address gun violence.
“When do we get to the point where we have people who actually want to solve our problems rather than just politicize everything?” Carson said. “I think that’s what the American people are so sick and tired of.”
Carson also went on Facebook on Monday night and said the Oregon shooting hadn’t changed his position against increased restrictions on gun ownership, because he “never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”