Tom Mauser is the father of a student who was killed in the horrific 1999 Columbine School massacre, and he has a very powerful message for GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson.
Carson, you may recall, made some controversial comments shortly after the shooting deaths at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Specifically, Dr. Carson took to Facebook and posted this:
“There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking. But I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
Mauser took that statement head on in a video he has posted on YouTube, saying:
“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.”
In Carson’s other remark, he seemed to blame victims for not acting as he said he would have:
“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.’”
Mr. Mauser’s response to that bit of callous disregard for the victims is perfectly expressed:
“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? 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.”
In the full video, which you can watch below, Mauser concludes his powerful reply to Carson by saying:
“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.
Dr. Carson, do you care to respond, or are you too busy sucking up to the NRA?
Watch Tom Mauser’s Response to Ben Carson