White House hopeful Carson defends Holocaust comments

Republican White House hopeful Ben Carson said Friday he stood by controversial comments linking gun control to the Holocaust, as he argued for arming staff in schools to prevent future mass shootings. Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Carson — who is polling second behind Donald Trump in the Republican primary race — suggested that an armed population could have prevented the murder of six million Jews. Pressed to explain himself Friday before the National Press Club in Washington, the retired neurosurgeon defended his comments.

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