During an event in Greenville, South Carolina, on Oct. 2, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked about the Oregon mass shooting on Oct. 1 and part of his answer included "stuff happens" (videos below).
A video of the comments shows a voter (off-camera) asking Bush about praying at schools before shootings, but The Daily Beast notes it was in reference to the shooting that took the lives of nine people at Umpqua Community College.
We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else.
It’s just, it's very sad to see, but I resist the notion, and I did, I had this challenge as governor, ‘cause, we had, look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.
Bush was asked by a reporter after the event if he made a mistake by saying "stuff happens."
“No, it wasn’t a mistake,” Bush replied. "I said exactly what I said. Why would you, explain to me what I said wrong.”
The reporter asked Bush again about "stuff happens," and Bush fired back, “Things happen. Things. Is that better?”
In response to Bush, President Obama stated:
I don’t even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgments based on the facts that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And in terms of, and they can decide if whether they consider that "stuff happening."
In response to the outrage that followed his remarks, Bush later told the media that his statement was "not related to Oregon," notes CNN.
Bush spokesperson Allie Brandenburger stated via Twitter:
It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush's comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy. Taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy is wrong and only serves to prey on people's emotions.