Carson: Politicians 'Feasting' on Oregon Tragedy to Push for Gun Laws
On “Fox and Friends” today, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson said he wouldn’t “stonewall” on a gun control plan that could actually stop mass shootings like the one last Thursday at Oregon's Umpqua Community College.
But he said proposals made so far by candidates like Democrat Hillary Clinton, who on Monday put forward a plan for tighter gun-control measures, wouldn’t prevent tragedies from happening.
Carson said individuals who might carry out a shooting must be identified and intervened with “not only to save the lives of people who are being shot, but to save the life of the shooter.”
He supported the notion that guns in themselves aren’t to blame for mass shootings, saying “Of course it is the person behind the gun. Guns don’t kill people.”
He said the country needs a better way of “categorizing, identifying and treating” potential shooters.
Carson also stressed the importance of the Second Amendment and the role of guns in preventing tyranny, citing 19th century statesman Daniel Webster.
During the interview, Carson was asked to respond to a clip from last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” in which newspaper publisher David Jaques said President Obama wasn’t welcome in Roseburg, Oregon, because he was trying to politicize the shooting that claimed nine victims.
Carson asked afterwards, “When do we get to the point where we have people who actually want to solve our problems, rather than just politicize everything? I think that’s what the American people are so sick and tired of.” He said politicians "are feasting" on the tragedy.
Carson said he would probably not visit Roseburg as president if he wasn’t welcome there.
Watch the full interview in the video above.