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

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

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

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, 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 resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.