1. On the Holocaust: Hitler would have had more trouble taking over in Germany “if the people had been armed.”
This is quite a bizarre statement. Not many politicians, or any for that matter reference The Holocaust just to make a point. But then again, no politician has ever blamed the Jewish people who were murdered in concentration camps for not being armed. That is, after all, the inference here.
2. On being held at gunpoint at Popeyes: “You want the guy behind the counter.”
Carson had been bragging about what he would do when faced down by a gunman. So to supposedly prove his point, Carson told Sirius XM host Karen Hunter that he was once held up at a Baltimore Popeyes.
“A guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs, and I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,’” he said, without further elaborating on what happened after that.
That’s a far cry away from supposedly jumping the gunman, which is what got Carson into this gun-debate debacle in the first place.
Kill that guy, not me! Sure, this is the kind of man that I want to run this country! Said, no one ever
3. On mass-shooting victims: They shouldn’t “just stand there.”
So this was the comment that really brought Carson under sharp scrutiny in the gun control debate. The shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Oct. 1 shook the nation but was just the latest in a way-too-long list of such tragedies that make gun control and mental illness the topics of national debate without leading to any solutions. It’s a vicious, nonsensical cycle.
But back to Carson’s comment. While being interviewed on Fox & Friends, the presidential candidate claimed that he would never back down in such a situation.
I would I probably not cooperate with him, I 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."
He faced immediate backlash for his seeming insensitivity, which also reeked of victim-blaming.
4. On joking about running from the police when he was a child: “That was back in the days before they would shoot you.”
Given the current political climate and the tragedies that activist groups such as Black Lives Matter are responding to, Carson’s joke about his interactions with police when he was a child was a bit ... off-color to say the least.
“Sometimes the police would come, always in unmarked cars. And they'd be chasing us across the field,” he said, describing how he and his friends would jump over high fences in one leap without breaking their stride to get away from cops. Once they cleared the fence, the group would taunt the cops, who couldn’t get across to catch them.
“That was back in the days before they would shoot you,” Carson said, laughing, before quickly adding, “I’m just kidding. You know they wouldn’t do that!”
Carson didn’t even use the ill-timed joke to talk about police brutality but instead offered praise for the police.
“I really have a tremendous amount of respect for the police because they put their lives on the line every day for us, and they are the very last people that we should be targeting,” he said............
But if you still choose to vote for Dr. Carson, go for it!