Back in the day, we probably would have pronounced Ben Carson’s string of comments on mass shootings and gun control following the Umpqua Community College shooting a spectacular series of gaffes. But what currently counts as a gaffe in the Republican presidential primary is unclear. Carson, as well as party rival Donald Trump, seems to surge in popularity whenever he says something outrageous.
For all I know, Carson’s recent Facebook comment that in all his years as a surgeon he “never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away” will end up sealing the nomination and driving sales of his new book.
Ditto his self-aggrandizing comments on Fox & Friends that if he faced a gunman who asked him about his faith, just as witnesses claim victims of the Umpqua shooting faced, he “would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”
Then there’s his laughter after telling an ABC News reporter that in the case of an active shooter, he “would ask everybody to attack the gunman because he can only shoot one of us at a time. That way, we don’t all wind up dead.”
Oh, and in his appearance on The View he explained that arming kindergarten teachers is not as crazy as it sounds — the kindergarten teachers would be properly trained not only in use of the weapon but also in “diversionary tactics,” since the gun would be “secured in a place kids could not get to it.”
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