Presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, appeared on Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends. The discussion turned to the viral photo of Carson’s defiant response to those who would kill people for their beliefs. When asked about the photo, Carson explained.
“I believe that this nation has Judeo-Christian roots. Why are we so busy trying to give those away for the sake of political correctness? When you give away your identity, you give away your soul.
“In the book of Proverbs it says, ‘Without a vision, the people perish.’ [Prov 29:18] We can’t give away who we are, and what we stand for, and what our vision is.”
Brian Kilmede posed the hypothetical to Carson about a situation where a gunman pointed a gun at him asking, “What religion are you?” Kilmede noted, “that would be the ultimate test of your faith.”
Carson gave a response that immediately sent Carson detractors into a feeding frenzy:
“Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, 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.'”
The ever (un)reliable mainstream media quickly brought forth pundit after liberal pundit to decry Dr. Carson as being “insensitive” towards the families and victims of the Umpqua Community College massacre. Some going so far as to accuse Carson of calling the victims cowards, because they did not swarm that madman.
Even John McCain’s ‘Mini-me’ jumped on the Carson haters’ bandwagon. Lindsey Graham, another (wanna-be, never-gonna-happen) presidential hopeful, chimed in on Carson’s comments. Via NEWSMAX:
“I think Mr. Carson has no idea what he would do,” Graham said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.” He pointed to his own military background, which has not included heavy combat, and said a person doesn’t know how he or she will react until faced with the situation.
“I just don’t think that’s the road to go down in terms of questioning these people, who have lost their lives, because you have no idea what you would do,” Graham said.
Maybe so, Lindsey, but at least Dr. Carson has put some thought into what actions he might take. That is called being prepared. It is something leaders do. They consider adverse scenarios before the occur, and what options for action might be available.
Dr. Carson appeared on CBS This Morning, where he stood by his call to reject a victim mindset, and be prepared to fight to survive. Carson described the suggestions that he was being insensitive as “immature,” before addressing the real problem, mental health care.
Carson explained his position that identifying and treating those with serious mental health issues should be of paramount concern. He said there should be a mechanism in place that would prevent those properly diagnosed as “dangerous” from obtaining weapons, while still protecting the spirit of the 2nd Amendment.
In answer to the typical gun-grabber canard about the 2nd Amendment and muskets, Carson schooled the panel on the principles behind, and reason for maintaining, a strong 2nd Amendment.
See full CBS segment here.
Well done, Doctor.
The more I see and hear this man, the more I like him.
Dennis P. O’Neil
Note: Edited after publishing to include link to full interview