Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is under fire after some say the 2016 GOP Presidential hopeful made extremely insensitive comments about a shooting at an Oregon college that left 10 dead.
“We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this,” Bush said. “I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very bad to see. Look, stuff happens and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”
According to Politico:
“His comments came during an appearance in Greenville, South Carolina where the 2016 candidate was discussing gun control and urging caution before pushing new laws and regulations. He first said that in Florida “we believe that concealed weapons permits is a proper thing.”
Later on Friday, the Bush campaign blasted what they called liberals’ unwarranted criticism of the former Florida governor’s comments. “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,” said Allie Brandenburger, a Bush spokewoman, in a statement.
Asked to react to Bush’s comment, President Barack Obama was blunt.
“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 fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting,” Obama said at a press conference Friday afternoon. “They can decide whether they consider that ‘stuff happens.'”
Bush’s “out of context” excuse seems pretty weak… Is Jeb Bush really ready for primetime?