In the wake of the Umpqua Community College attack that left nine Christians dead at the hands of a pathetic loser*, retired pediatric neurosurgeon and GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson made the comment that he would lead a charge against the shooter in such a situation, on the theory that a number of people swarming the shooter could overwhelm and disarm him.
Carson’s logical response has been attacked by spineless cowards in the media ever since, with the prissy Andrew Rosenthal of the New York Times offering up a representative establishment media response:
In the days since the college shooting, which left nine dead, the worst, most damaging comments came from two Republican candidates, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson.
In a Facebook chat on Monday, Mr. Carson, who loves to invoke his long and distinguished career as a surgeon, talked about how many bullets he had extracted from people’s bodies. “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away,” Mr. Carson wrote on Facebook.
His comment displayed a shocking lack of empathy, and left him open to criticism that he thought the Second Amendment was more important than the spilling of innocent blood. A surgeon has to achieve some kind of detachment to do the job, but Mr. Carson is not running for chief of surgery. He’s running for president.
On Fox News, Mr. Carson said that if faced with the kind of threat those people in Oregon faced, “I would not just stand there and let him shoot me.” He added: “I would say: ‘Hey, guys, everybody attack him! He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’ ”
He went on to offer the tired, empty talking point from the National Rifle Association that the solution to the threat of deranged people with unfettered access to firearms, including ones designed solely to kill human beings, is to arm everyone.
Mr. Carson seems to have a shocking lack of understanding of what happened in Oregon. There is no evidence that a single victim behaved badly in those terrible moments. And one of them, Chris Mintz, an Army veteran, did try to stop the carnage. He was shot seven times and both legs were broken. It was his son’s sixth birthday. Mr. Mintz, thankfully, survived, but I guess Mr. Carson considers his wounds a trivial matter compared to blocking gun laws.
Mr. Rosenthal is representative of a delicate and detached, too-refined species of docile domestic human livestock that many in our community refer to as “sheep.”
Rosenthal and his allies in the effete fringe have the survival instincts of factory-farmed beef, with no innate capability to defend themselves. Most of them want to view this failure of basic, natural reaction to threats as a virtue, but let’s be very blunt: this is not a virtue, but a crushing weakness.
Their attacks on Carson are a necessary salve to cover up this weakness, and an effort to convince themselves that their weakness is actually a strength.
Weakness is weakness, and it will get you killed in the face of evil men, who will gladly laugh at the ease at which you allow yourself to be victimized.
I say this as a student of human nature, but more importantly, as a journalist who has covered hundreds of confrontations between violent thugs and their victims, including dozens of mass shootings.
I also say this as a student of armed self defense, with more than 40 hours on the firing line with some of the world’s most respected firearms instructors just last week at Gunsite Academy.
Jon Adler, President of Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) agrees with Dr. Carson that in situations such as these, doing nothing is a recipe for mass slaughter.
Statistically speaking, the presence of a “good guy with a gun” is what typically ends a mass shooting. The murderer typically commits suicide when he encounters armed resistance, or is shot and killed in the exchange. Absent weapons, the best option for survival in most circumstances is attacking the murderer with sufficient numbers and ferocity to overwhelm him and disarm him.
Dr. Carson was entirely correct in his response.
These spineless, chestless victims in the media are entirely wrong.
*Bearing Arms does not name mass or spree killers.