Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun-control organization funded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, has started a petition demanding that GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson apologize for a comment he made about how he would respond in an active shooter situation.
Carson said the following, “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him [the shooter], 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.'”
According to Everytown, that statement is tantamount to victim blaming and Carson ought to apologize for saying it.
“We can’t let him get away with blaming gun violence victims, while opposing common-sense measures that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people in the first place,” said the gun-control organization.
Everytown also chided the former neurologist for a comment he made about laws that would restrict one’s Second Amendment rights.
“I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away,” said Carson in an interview.
It’s not clear how many people have signed the demand-an-apology petition for Dr. Ben, but I’d venture to guess that few have. Putting the whole gun debate aside for a moment, I think there’s nothing more pathetic than apology policing. Seriously. If you’re offended by what someone says simply ignore them! Or, if you really feel that strongly about it, exercise your own free speech and explain to the world why they are wrong, offensive, slanderous, whatever the case may be. But to demand an apology from someone who expressed his honest perspective on an issue is asinine — even if what they said was stupid.
The apology policing becomes even more asinine when it is done to a candidate who is running for public office. If the public doesn’t like what the candidate has to say, they won’t vote for him, it’s that simple! Candidates live by their word and die by their word. If they say something stupid, they’ll ultimately pay for it. An apology does nothing. To circle back to Ben Carson, are the people offended by what he said really going to feel any better if he apologized for it? No. Because, it’s quite evident that he believes what he said in the first place — or he wouldn’t have said it multiple times.