Ben Carson: Bullet-Ridden Dead People Just Not As Sad As Not Having Guns

Dr. Ben Carson, currently a serious contender for the GOP nomination, has had some things to say about the shooting in Oregon last week. Earlier this morning, he told “Fox and Friends” that — were he president — he would not visit the families of the victims of this shooting, because he’d have too much on his agenda to bother, and he’d just visit the families of the next victims of the next shooting instead, maybe. You know, like it’s a weekly poker game or something.

He also said that, were he involved in such a shooting, he would have handled it much better than all those people who died. “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.'”

Which, actually, is not a very good tactic if you’re just an armed citizen with no actual training, and could probably get way more people killed.

And then last night, to cap it all off, he posted some answers to questions from “the people” on his Facebook page. One of questions was about whether or not the Oregon shooting had changed his support of the Second Amendment.

The first question tonight comes from Dan. He wants to know if the tragedy has altered my position as a supporter of the Second Amendment.

Dan, I grew up in the slums of Detroit. I saw plenty of gun violence as a child. Both of my cousins were killed on the streets. As a Doctor, I spent many a night pulling bullets out of bodies. 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. Serious people seek serious solutions. The Left would prefer to use these tragedies to advance a political agenda. To me, that is also devastatingly sad. The Left would have you believe that a man that asked Christians to stand up (and then executed them one by one) would obey “new gun laws”. That kind of logic explains many of the problems we find ourselves in today.

This raises another question: Is Dr. Ben Carson actually a sociopath? I’m not kidding. He does not appear to have any empathy at all, for anyone. I’m sure his bedside manner with patients is great, truly.

Also, how is it not politicizing a tragedy to purposely try to downplay how awful it is just because you’re afraid it’s going to mean someone’s gonna take your precious guns away?

Gun control is a serious solution. It is, in fact, the only solution. Because guess what? In the time between writing my article on gun violence earlier today, in reference to the shooting of eight-year-old McKayla Dyer at the hands of an 11-year-old bully, and writing this post, I saw another article about a 12-year-old boy being fatally shot by his 11-year-old brother while target shooting.

It’s not about expecting violent people to obey gun laws — it’s about making sure that guns don’t get into their hands so easily. It’s about age restrictions — because if I don’t trust a 12-year-old to drive a Toyota, then why should I trust him with a gun?

It’s about not looking at bullet-ridden bodies and going “Yeah, that’s an acceptable sacrifice. I’m good with that. Let’s not change anything. Everything is just great the way it is.”

[Huffington Post]
[NY Daily News]