A survivor of the Umpqua Community College shooting and a relative of one of the Sandy Hook victims have both publicly criticized Ben Carson for his comments saying more people should rush gunmen to stop others from being killed.
Mathew Downing survived the Oregon shooting after the gunman chose him, deemed him “the lucky one,” made him watch others around him die, and gave him a letter to provide to the authorities.
Reacting to Carson’s comments, Downing told CNN, “I’m fairly upset he said that. Nobody could truly understand what actions they would take like that in a situation unless they lived it.”
And on top of that, Erica Lafferty, the daughter of Sandy Hook principal Dawn Hochsprung––who was killed by that gunman––sent this statement to The Guardian:
“Ben Carson’s comments are insensitive to anyone who has ever been personally affected by gun violence. Are gun extremists in this country so morally bankrupt that their solution to ending school shootings is asking kindergarten teachers to be trained in how to attack a gunman? My mother was an elementary school principal, not a marine who signed up to be on the frontlines of a shootout.”