​Ben Carson ‘More Devastating’ Facebook Comment Prompts Major Debate Over Recent Oregon Shooting

Ben Carson More Devastating
Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 7, 2015

Ben Carson’s ‘more devastating’ statement comes as a shock for many. In one of his Facebook Q&As Monday night, Carson again weighed in on the Oregon shooting by saying it is ‘more devastating’ than taking the right to arm, according to Daily Kos.

Carson, 64, wrote that he had operated on victims of gun violence “but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.” Ben’s statement has stirred a lot of controversy.

Responding to a questioner who asked whether the tragedy had altered his position on the Second Amendment, the presidential contender suggested new gun-control laws wouldn’t solve the problem and accused Democrats of “us[ing] these tragedies to advance a political agenda.”

Ben Carson more devastating facebook comments

Ben Carson ‘more devastating’ Facebook comments

Following the Ben Carson ‘more devastating’ comments on Facebook, he was in another interview when he suggested that, if he had a child in kindergarten, he would want school security guards - and even possibly that child’s teacher - to be armed.

“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,” he said.

Carson first weighed in on the shooting last week, telling reporters in Iowa that the solution should be to collect data on shooters to try to find “early warnings” to prevent future cases, not stricter gun laws.

“You’re not going to handle [the issue] with more gun control because gun control only works for normal law abiding citizens, it doesn’t work for crazies,” he said then.

Seizing on his role as an outsider, Carson also criticized President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for politicizing gun violence, arguing that recent killings were a mental health issue that could not be solved by taking away firearms. Ben suggested that Mr. Obama was wrong for planning a trip to Oregon this week to console the families of victims, since some members of the community would not welcome him, and he shed some light on how he would handle such tragedies if elected.

Asked if would make such a trip as president, Mr. Carson said “probably not.”

“I mean, I would probably have so many things on my agenda that I would go to the next one,” he said.

I am Christian

Carson has tried to show solidarity with the victims, recently posting a photograph of himself on Facebook with a sign that said “I am Christian” to demonstrate how people should not renounce their religion in the face of violence.

“When you give away your identity, you give away your soul,” Carson said on Tuesday.

The Ben Carson ‘more devastating’ statement had mixed reactions, but he also shot back at critics who say that his expertise as a neurosurgeon would not prepare him for the presidency.

“You don’t need to know nearly as much to be able to maneuver in the political world as you do in the operating room inside of somebody’s brain. It’s not even close,” he said.

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