Ben Carson on active shooters: 'I would not just stand there'
Ben Carson is defending his comments that he would try to overwhelm a shooter and "would not just stand there" in a mass shooting attack. What is your reaction to Carson's statements?
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is defending his comments that he would try to overwhelm a shooter and "would not just stand there" in a mass shooting attack.
Critics have said his remarks appeared to blame the victims of shootings, including the latest one at an Oregon community college. Carson said his remark was intended as advice for future attacks.
"I want to plant in people's minds what to do in a situation like this. Because unfortunately this is probably not going to be the last time this happens," he told CBS. Earlier, Carson said if he had been present at the Oregon attack, he would have tried to stop the gunman who killed nine people.
"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,'" he said.
A gun rights supporter, Carson says one solution is more aggressive intervention for people with psychological problems and keeping guns from people declared dangerous by psychiatrists.
How do you think you would respond in an active shooter situation? What is your reaction to Carson's statements?
Gary Namie, PhD. in Social Psychology, Co-Founder, The Workplace Bullying Institute, He has 21 years university teaching experience in management and psychology, including the University of Southern California