Ben Carson Says He Was Held at Gunpoint in Popeyes

Ben Carson Says He Was Held at Gunpoint in Popeyes

Ben Carson shared a story of being held at gunpoint in a Popeyes amid criticism over his controversial comments that Oregon community college shooting victims could have done more to save themselves.

Published October 8, 2015

Many are up in arms over Ben Carson's controversial statement that Oregon community college shooting victims could have done more to save themselves. "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 told Fox & Friends on Tuesday. 

Could it be so simple, Dr. Carson? On Wednesday, he continued to support his theory by sharing a story of how he diverted a gunman who held him at gunpoint while he was in a Popeyes in Baltimore. 

"I have had a gun pulled out on me when I was in a Popeyes organization," said Carson on Sirius XM Radio's Karen Hunter Show. "In any rate, guy comes in, puts the gun in my ribs and I just said, 'I believe you want the guy behind the counter.'"

Not only do we learn that the Republican presidential candidate enjoys cheap meals at the popular fried chicken chain, but he believes an instance of good luck protecting him in this potentially fatal situation was a brave act of his own — and one that gives him authority to deliver advice on how to stop shooters in future massacres.

These comments were a disappointment to one survivor of the Oregon attack, which killed nine people. "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," Mathew Downing told CNN.

BET National News - Keep up to date with breaking news stories from around the nation, including headlines from the hip hop and entertainment world.

(Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley

COMMENTS

Latest in news