Ben Carson on Ore. School Shooting: ‘I Would Not Just Stand There and Let Him Shoot Me’

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After the horrific mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson posted a photo of himself holding up a sign reading "I am a Christian," which promptly went viral. 


The shooter, who killed nine people, was reported to have targeted Christians, allegedly asking students to identify their religion before shooting them. Carson presented his own stance in a Tuesday-morning interview on Fox & Friends, making it clear that he would not have backed down in a confrontation with the shooter. 

"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,' " Carson told his hosts. 

Carson also brushed aside President Barack Obama's planned visit to Oregon to meet families of victims, which some residents are reportedly not enthralled about. When asked if he would visit the area if he were president, Carson shrugged it off.

"Probably not," he said. "I would have so many things on my agenda that I'd go to the next one."

Watch the clip below from Fox & Friends: