Ben Carson Defends Comments Urging People to Rush Mass Shooter

“I want to plant in people’s minds what to do in a situation like this because, unfortunately, this is probably not going to be the last time this happens,” Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says on CBS, referring to Oregon community college shooting last week

  • “From the indications that I got, they did not rush the shooter,” Carson says when asked if he believes Oregon victims “just stood there”
    • “The shooter can only shoot one person at a time. He cannot shoot a whole group of people,” Carson says. “So the idea is overwhelm him so that not everybody gets killed”
  • NOTE: Asked on Fox News on Tuesday about hypothetical scenario where gunman asks him about his religion, as Oregon gunman is said to have done, Carson said, “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say ’Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me but he can’t get us all”
    • Rival Donald Trump defended Carson, tweeting that he “was speaking in general terms as to what he would do if confronted with a gunman, and was not criticizing the victims. Not fair!”

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