Thursday, October 15, 2015

Trevor Noah on Ben Carson

“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away." — Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate

YA' KNOW how there are these two sarcastic idioms people use, "Hey, it's not rocket science" or "It's not brain surgery" when they want to convey the idea that something doesn't take a great deal of intelligence to grasp — by citing two things that obviously do?

I've still got my fingers crossed for rocket science anyway.

Attached is an article from ABC News, followed by one from NBC News, and below that, an October 9 clip from the Daily Show with Trevor Noah on presidential candidate, Ben Carson. You're gonna want to watch the video.

Ben Carson ‘Much More Comfortable’ If Kindergarten Teachers Had Guns

By Katherine Faulders
October 6, 2015

In the wake of last week’s shooting in Oregon, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested that more people should be armed in the United States and said he would be okay with teachers being armed.

“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. I would feel more comfortable,” Carson said in a new interview with USA Today’s Capital Download. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.”

Carson said he would like teachers to be trained in diversionary tactics, along with other school personnel.

“You obviously are not going to have a weapon sitting on the teacher’s desk, but be secured in a place where kids cannot get to it,” Carson said on ABC’s “The View” today.

The comments come just days after a gunman opened fire in an Umpqua Community College classroom in Oregon last week, leaving 10 people dead.

Carson also knocked down the notion that gun free zones would mitigate gun violence in the country noting that gun free zones would actually draw the gunman to the particular site.

“They aren’t likely to go into a place where they are likely to get shot,” Carson told USA Today.

The retired neurosurgeon has stood by his position that gun control isn’t the issue, but rather comes down the mental health. Carson has said to stop gun violence that data collection is needed to prevent mass shootings from happening. “You’re not going to handle it with more gun control,” Carson said at campaign events last week. “Gun control only works for normal law abiding citizens, it doesn’t work for crazies.”

When asked how he would deal with a gunman in a situation, Carson told Fox News: “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.”

“I would say ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him!’” he added. “He may shoot me but he can’t get us all.”

Carson emphasized that this way everyone would not die. "I said what I would do...I would ask everyone to attack the gunman," Carson told ABC News. "That way we wouldn't all end up dead."

Ben Carson Says People Should Attack Active Shooters

By Alexandra Jaffe and Andrew Rafferty
October 7, 2015 

Ben Carson on Wednesday said he wants to "plant in people's minds" the idea that they should attempt to rush an active shooter, the latest in a string of controversial comments the GOP presidential candidate has made in response to last week's mass shooting in Oregon.

On Tuesday, Carson said he "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.'"

When asked about the comments on CBS "This Morning" on Wednesday, Carson said, "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."

The Department of Homeland Security recommends attempting to incapacitate an active shooter "as a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger." They recommend attempting to evacuate or hide before attacking a shooter.

Carson said on Fox News on Tuesday that he is not judging the nine victims killed at Umpqua Community College. He indicated on CBS that he did not know about Chris Mintz, the Army veteran who rushed the shooter and helped prevent more deaths, but after hearing about his actions said it "verifies what I'm saying."

Carson has made a number of eyebrow raising comments since the shooting last Thursday.

In one of his signature Facebook Q&As Monday night, the former neurosurgeon wrote that he had operated on victims of gun violence "but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away."

Responding to a questioner who asked whether the tragedy had altered his position on the Second Amendment, Carson suggested new gun-control laws wouldn't solve the problem and accused Democrats of "us[ing] these tragedies to advance a political agenda."

In a separate interview with USA Today released Tuesday, Carson suggested that, if he had a child in kindergarten, he would want school security guards - and even possibly that child's teacher - to be armed.

"If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't," he said.

Carson first weighed in on the shooting last week, telling reporters in Iowa that the solution should be to collect data on shooters to try to find "early warnings" to prevent future cases, not stricter gun laws.

"You're not going to handle [the issue] with more gun control because gun control only works for normal law abiding citizens, it doesn't work for crazies," he said then.

In the USA Today interview, Carson also shot back at critics who say that his expertise as a neurosurgeon would not prepare him for the presidency.

"You don't need to know nearly as much to be able to maneuver in the political world as you do in the operating room inside of somebody's brain. It's not even close," he said.

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