Dr. Ben Carson is in deep trouble according to the media mavens. Did they discover his missing emails containing classified material? Was he caught trying to get the IRS to audit his political enemies? Did he threaten, if elected president, to use executive orders to ram through his agenda?
No, Carson’s “scandal” is bigger than any of those.
Asked on Fox News what he would have done if he was in a situation similar to what students faced at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Oregon, Carson said, “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.”
Left-wing reaction was immediate. “Outrageous!” “Unacceptable!” MSNBC commentators translated Carson’s observation as being critical of the dead students for being too passive. Of course, Dr. Carson meant no such thing.
He suggested that he would have led a counterattack against the murderer. You know — like Todd Beamer and the other passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11, who saved our country from even more death.
Or like what Chris Mintz did at the community college where he charged the shooter and was shot multiple times. Or what the three young Americans, including Alek Skarlatos who attends UCC, did on a Paris train when a jihadist attempted yet another massacre of infidels.
The left gets very nervous when the sheeple, excuse me, people start talking about fighting back against evil. Military recruiters can’t have guns even when Islamists have declared that they are targets. The guard at UCC was allowed to have mace, but no gun.
There are armed guards inside banks and government buildings, but don’t you dare suggest that we should have them at schools or churches.
I predict that Dr. Carson’s poll numbers because of this “scandal,” much to the chagrin of his critics, will go up, not down.
Gary L. Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan’s administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and as President Reagan’s Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.