Thursday, October 8, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson Says Teachers Should Have Guns To Protect Students.

The Hill (10/6, Byrnes) reports Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said, “If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere, I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon. If the teacher was training 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.” MSNBC (10/7) adds that Carson used to be a supporter of gun control laws, but his views changed when he studied history. Carson wrote in his book that, “Through a combination of removing guns and disseminating deceitful propaganda, the Nazis were able to carry out their evil intentions with relatively little resistance.”
        Other Republican Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Gun Control After Community College Shooting. TheWashington Post (10/7, Weigel) points out that Carson’s comments mirror those made by the National Rifle Association after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 when the NRA suggested arming school safety officers to prevent mass shootings. Other Republican presidential candidates also made statements after the recent shooting at an Oregon community college. Mike Huckabee said, “Let me ask you: What stopped the shooter from shooting anyone else? The guy with a gun, that’s who.” Bobby Jindal said weak families and a “garbage in, garbage out” society were responsible for the shooting.

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