Ben Carson Continues To Blame Shooting Victims While Portraying Himself As A Fearless Hero

Defending his recent comments on CBS's 'This Morning,' Carson said he was just offering common sense advice to people confronted by a mass shooter.
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On Tuesday, Republican Presidential candidate and soft-voiced psychopath Ben Carson surged to the top of the news cycle with his comments about the recent mass shooting in Oregon. During an appearance on Fox & Friends, the retired neurosurgeon straight-up blamed the multiple victims of shooter Chris Harper-Mercer for having the audacity to get killed, claiming that if it were him, he wouldn’t have just stood there and get shot. He explained to the Fox crew, and other reporters later in the day, that he’d have rushed the shooter and gotten others to do the same, imagining himself as a badass hero in his own personal action movie.

As one would imagine, Carson took a shitload of heat throughout the day for his comment. While appearing on Fox News’ The Kelly File Tuesday night, host Megyn Kelly gave the good doctor an opportunity to clarify his remarks — notice how Carson always needs to clarify the crazy shit he says — and he predictably doubled down. In his mind, he is only providing people with common sense solutions to stop vicious killers, which is to put oneself directly into the line of fire and be a selfless martyr.

From the show’s transcript:


CARSON: Of course, you know, if everybody attacks that gunman, he’s not going to kill everybody. But if you sit there and let him shoot you one by one, you’re all going to be dead. And you know, maybe these are things that people don’t think about, it’s certainly something that I would be thinking about.

KELLY: But don’t you allow for that notion that in a time of great stress like that, one might not know exactly what to do. And to judge them, to sound like you’re judging them –

CARSON: I’m not judging them at all, but, you know, these incidents continue to occur. I doubt that this will be the last one. I want to plant the seed in people’s minds so that if this happens again, you know, they don’t all get killed.


During an appearance on CBS’s This Morning Wednesday, Carson continued to spout the same line of defense, essentially repeating verbatim what he said on Kelly’s show. Speaking to host Norah O’Donnell, the surging GOP candidate once again stated that he was just trying to “plant in people’s minds” that they need to rush a shooter and overwhelm him rather than just stand there and get shot because there will be more mass shootings in the future.

O’Donnell asked Carson if he believes that the Oregon victims just stood there and did nothing. When he said that was his belief, O’Donnell brought up veteran Chris Mintz, who was shot seven times by Harper-Mercer when he attempted to rush the shooter. An unfazed Carson replied that was a good thing and exactly what should have been done, advising that more people follow Mintz’s lead when this occurs again.

Of course, no interview would be complete without Dr. Ben Carson whining about political correctness and how it is the real villain. See, whenever Carson says something fucking stupid, insensitive and altogether insane, it isn’t his fault. Nope, it is the fact that people are being ‘politically correct’ and taking offense to whatever silly shit he just said.

“We live in a culture now where people decide everything you say, we need to set up battle lines and we need to get on this side of it or that side of it, rather than collectively trying to figure out how we solve the problem. It’s sort of an immature attitude but it seems to be something that’s rampant in America today.”

OK, Ben. OK.

Below is video of the CBS segment, courtesy of CBS News:



Justin Baragona is the editor and publisher of Contemptor. Prior to starting the site, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He currently resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
2 Comments on this post.
  • Diana Flory
    7 October 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Justin – I am sorry to say that it is people like you that have me VERY worried about my children and grandchildren. I recently began to share that I fear the younger generation today do not have the “guts” to fight for our country as our forefathers did. Many fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today but younger people have NO idea what kind of strength and courage that took.

    Why do I say it is those like you that worry me – because Dr. Ben Carson is offering a glimpse at “who” our forefathers were – they did not lay down and die – they fought and many died for our freedoms. What will our younger population do today if confronted with those who want to take over our country? I fear those like you will just hand over the keys. What Dr. Carson is actually saying is you go down fighting – just like those brave young man did on the plane on 9/11. If not for their bravery and willingness to die, we would have seen a lot more casualties. What part of that don’t you understand? This is a decision you must make before the situation arises. If Dr. Carson can place the thought in the minds of anyone that may be faced with an attack in the future that you are going to die anyway “you fight and possibly live OR save the lives of others while losing your own life.” I have not decided who I am going to vote for in 2016 but how dare you take the words of an honorable man and mislead those who read your article?

    • eve
      7 October 2015 at 9:11 pm

      America has become a more dangerous place to live. We can no longer deny it. Just as ounce upon a time American children in schools were taught to get under their desks during an air raid drill, we need to educate children in schools about what may save lives in a mass shooting, an earthquake or fire. Based on what they are exposed to in the media and on the internet they can handle it.

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