Fried Chickenhawk: Ben Carson’s Hypocrisy on “Rushing the Shooter”

Presidential election candidate Dr. Ben Carson has suggested that the victims of Oregon shooting could have done more to save themselves. His account of a personal brush with a gunman doesn't reflect this rhetoric.

Presidential election candidate Dr. Ben Carson has suggested that the victims of Oregon shooting could have done more to save themselves. His account of a personal brush with a gunman doesn’t reflect this rhetoric.

Following the mass shooting incident on Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Dr. Carson has been adamant about how he would have advocated “rushing the shooter” if he had found himself in a similar situation that the Oregon shooting victims loss their lives in.

However, Carson admitted Wednesday to Karen Hunter on her Sirius XM program that he did nothing of the sort when confronted with his own dangerous situation: a gunman in the process of robbing a Popeyes restaurant:

In the interview with Hunter, Carson admits that he had a gun pulled on him, only to direct the alleged assailant to a Popeyes employee, stating, “I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.” Rather than taking the actions that he has been advocating tirelessly on the pundit circuit, it would appear that Dr. Carson choose to remove himself from harm when the opportunity raised.

Considering the near fatal injuries that Chris Mintz, the veteran student that tried to block to the shooter, incurred on that faithful day in Oregon, perhaps Dr. Carson did himself a life-saving favor by not taking his own advice.

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