In an appearance on Fox News on June 18 to discuss the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson criticized President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for their remarks following the tragic incident.
“We don’t have all the facts but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” the President said in his first comments following the shootings. Clinton asked, “How many people do we need to see cut down before we act?,” referring to the numerous gun shootings throughout the nation over the last three years.
When host Megyn Kelly asked Carson about the message the Democrats were trying to send in their remarks, Carson held a different view.
“I think we have to start is going to the heart of the matter. The heart of the matter is not guns. The heart of the matter is the heart. The heart and soul of people. You know, this young man didn’t wake up yesterday and suddenly turn into a maniac. Clearly there have been things in his background, in his upbringing that led to the type of mentality that would allow him to do something like this. And one of the things that I think we really need to start concentrating on in this country is once again instilling the right kinds of values particularly in our young people,” Carson said.
Carson also said that hate “is destroying our nation,” referring to earlier comments the candidate made saying the nation needs to increase tolerance of others and come together to understand the challenges the country faces in the future.
“You know, we have a war on women, race wars, income wars, age wars, religious wars, anything you could imagine we have a war on it. And we’re giving people license to hate people who disagree with them,” Carson commented.
Earlier in the day, Carson wrote of his concerns about “the new battle ground of evil” being “our intolerance of one another” due to the fact that “many feel it is ok to hate someone who thinks differently than you do.”