GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson recounted Wednesday a story about being held at gunpoint, amid backlash over comments he made about the Oregon community college shooting in which he suggested victims of the shooting could have done more to fight back.
"I have had a gun held on me when I was in a Popeye's organization" in Baltimore, the retired neurosurgeon told Karen Hunter on Sirius XM Radio, referring to the fried chicken fast-food chain. "Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs. And I just said, 'I believe that you want the guy behind the counter,'" Carson.
The presidential hopeful's telling of the encounter is at odds with a controversial answer he gave on Tuesday when asked about how he would respond to a potential gunman by Fox News' "Fox and Friends" host Brian Kilmeade. "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 had said.
In this case Carson didn't even have to rush the guy—the guy was standing close enough to Carson to stick the gun in his ribs. But for the record: If you're in a classroom full of people and a gunman bursts in with an automatic weapon, rush the guy. But if you're Ben Carson and a gunman sticks a gun in your ribs, offer him someone else to shoot.
Campaign reporters: The guy behind the counter at that Popeye's that day? I bet he would be a great interview.