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Ben Carson Defends Comments About Oregon Shooting


cbsnews articleThe following is an excerpt from CBSNews.com | October 7, 2015 |

Dr. Ben Carson lit up the gun control debate with controversial comments on mass shootings. The GOP presidential candidate said he would sacrifice his life if he were face-to-face with a gunman. He said he'd rather see a body with bullet holes over gun control.

Carson also claimed he would want his child's kindergarten teacher to be armed.

Less than a week after the mass shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus in Oregon, presidential candidates have been addressing gun controland mental health issues. But Carson's latest comments defending the right to bear arms may be the most controversial, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman.

"I 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," he told ABC News while chuckling on Tuesday.

"The accusation there, Dr. Carson, is that you appeared tone deaf and that you seemed callous in the laughter about a massacre and what you would have done," Fox News' Megyn Kelly said.

"I'm laughing at them and their silliness," Carson responded.

"Who?" Kelly asked.

"The people asking that question. Of course, you know, if everybody attacks that gunman, he's not going to be able to kill everybody. But if you sit there and let him shoot you one by one, you're all going to be dead," Carson said.

When asked if he was judging the victims, Carson said he was looking at "the big picture."

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