After the Oregon shooting, presidential candidate Ben Carson stated that he would have refused to be a victim of gun violence and rushed the shooter instead, as one student did unsuccessfully. He later claimed that he once had a gun shoved in his side during a robbery attempt at a Popeye’s Chicken restaurant in Baltimore about 30 years ago.
The problem with his claim is that there’s no evidence of the incident ever happening. Even the Baltimore Police Department has publicly stated on Twitter that they can’t corroborate his story:
Based on the information that #BenCarson mentioned, there was not enough info to identify a police report in reference to the incident.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) October 8, 2015
Did the incident happen? It’s possible, but it sure seems unlikely. Even if it did happen, it just proves Ben Carson is anything but presidential.
First off, his story is that he redirected the Popeye’s robbery suspect to the cashier. If Ben Carson was the hero he makes himself out to be today, he would have found a way to distract the suspect, and then take him to the ground. Of course, that never happened.
Then Ben Carson asserted on CNN that Jewish people could have avoided the Holocaust if they had been armed:
During the CNN interview, Mr Carson was asked about part of his new book, A More Perfect Union, where he wrote “through a combination of removing guns and disseminating propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance”.
He was then asked by CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer: “Just clarify, if there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would six million Jews have been slaughtered?”
Mr Carson said he doubted Hitler would have been able to achieve his goals if Germans had been armed at that time.
“I’m telling you that there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first,” he added. (Source)
Once again, Ben Carson gets history wrong. When Hitler came to power, one of the things he did was to loosen the strict gun laws of the former Weimar Republic for everyone except Jews. Hitler didn’t take over Germany by military force, he was elected by desperate Germans and supported by wealthy businessmen who were afraid of workers turning to communism.
Despite being barred from owning guns and facing an overwhelming Gestapo force, Jews in the Warsaw ghetto and elsewhere found weapons and fought back furiously against the Nazis throughout WWII. Eventually, most were wiped out except for a few who managed to escape and join partisan groups out in the forests.
They didn’t stand a chance against the German army which rolled over most of Europe, North Africa and into Russia before the tide began to turn after the Nazis made Napoleon’s mistake of invading Russia – and the United States entered the war.
Many members of my family died during the Holocaust, except for my great-aunt and a few others who saw the rise of Hitler as a legitimate threat and emigrated to the United States in the 1930s. Those who remained didn’t die because they didn’t have guns, they died because of a maniacal dictator who shipped them and other “undesirables” to Treblinka, Dachau, Auschwitz and other concentration camps. If they had guns, they might have taken a few German foot soldiers with them, but they would have been exterminated anyhow.
This is how far removed from reality Ben Carson is. Not only does Carson claim he would be a hero against a mass shooter, but he later apparently fabricated a story in which he tells a robber to target a fast food worker instead. Then he goes on to bungle the history of WWII and disparage the memory of the Jews who died fighting the Nazis.
Ben Carson isn’t some long shot candidate like right-winger Tom Tancredo was in 2012, he’s currently neck and neck with Donald Trump for the lead in the Republican presidential polls. If these two are the future of the GOP, the party is doomed to extinction sooner than we think.
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