Columbine Victim’s Dad Destroys Ben Carson’s ‘Disgraceful’ Response To School Shootings (VIDEO)

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FILE -- In an April 20, 1999 file photo rescuers tend to the wounded at a triage area near Columbine High School in Littleton Colo., during a shooting rampage by two students. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher before taking their own lives in what remains on of the deadliest school attack in U.S. history. (AP Photo/The Denver Rocky Mountain News, George Kochaniec) ** MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES TV OUT; ONLINE OUT; DENVER OUT**

Since the tragedy of the U.C.C. mass shooting in Oregon, Republicans and NRA darlings have been busy spewing nonsense about gun control and gun safety. One of the stand-out characters of this pro-gun rhetoric has been GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, who has been busy blaming U.C.C. victims for their own deaths, and issuing very disturbing statements about the right to bear arms.

Tom Mauser, the father of Daniel Mauser, one of the students killed in the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, has taken issue with Carson’s remarks and recent made a powerful video calling him out. Mauser addressed Carson:

“This is a message for Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican presidential candidate who made some statements this past week following the tragic shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. I’d like to respond to some of those statements because I thought they were so insensitive, so reckless, disgraceful, senseless, shameful.”

You can watch Mauser’s powerful message to Carson below:


Mauser tackles a few significant statements that Carson had made over the last few weeks, beginning with Carson’s contention that “No body with bullet holes is more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”

Mauser said:

“To me, that’s such a disturbing statement.Dr. Carson, you have indeed seen bodies with bullet holes, but while perhaps maybe it might have become a little routine for you, I would like to think that you still were shaken by it. But, instead, you seem to only react in terms of your gun rights. I don’t understand that.”

When you do see a ‘body with bullet holes’, I would hope that you sit down and grieve along with the others who are grieving the loss of that human being.”

Mauser explained that those calling for better gun laws are not trying to threaten anyone’s second amendment rights. “Their intent is not to take away your gun. Their intent is to prevent the pain that they have felt. They don’t want other people to go through what they’ve gone through.”

Mauser also brought attention to another controversial, insensitive statement Carson made, in which he blamed the Oregon victims for being shot and not taking on the gunman. Carson specifically 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.’”

Mauser pointed out just how awful this statement was:

“I think it’s a shameful statement to make because really, you were pretty strongly implying that you thought the people who were killed and injured deserved it because they failed to act. You’re blaming the victim. Dr. Carson, you weren’t there. You didn’t face what they had to face. How can you say such a thing?”

The grieving father then pointed out gun nuts’ reactions to the request for gun reform:

“But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, because I really think that this is part of the excuse-making that happens among pro-gun activists. Anything to distract Americans from a reasonable discussion of what we might do to change our gun laws to prevent some of these things from happening.”

Mauser then delivers his personal, painful story of losing his son in the Columbine massacre.

“I’d like to share a story with you, Dr. Carson. In 1999, during the massacre at Columbine, my son Daniel was in the library along with some other students. They were all underneath tables. The shooters went from table to table shooting some students, sparing others.

After more than a dozen students had been shot, the shooter approached my son. He fired one bullet that went to Daniel’s hand. Daniel then pushed a chair at the shooter and for that he paid with his life. The second shot went into his face and killed him.

Some people have called Daniel’s actions brave. They called him a hero for trying to stop the shooter. I will never know, we will never know if that’s what Daniel intended. I will never know whether maybe that action of his lead to his death. I’ll never know if that second shot would have been fired if he hadn’t pushed the chair. And that’s why we shouldn’t question, Dr. Carson. If we weren’t in that room, if we weren’t faced with those circumstances, we don’t know.”

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info