On Friday, in South Carolina, Jeb Bush stayed true to the GOP stance on gun regulation – that the mass shooting in Oregon at Umpque Community College does not justify regulation on all responsible gun owners. The words he used to describe his stance, however, is being considered a major gaffe and another hit to his struggling campaign. Following a question regarding how prayer in school might have prevented this event, Bush responded, “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 — I had this challenge as governor. We had — look — stuff happens — there’s always a crisis. The impulse is to do something, and it’s not always the right thing to do.”
The phrase “stuff happens” as shorthand for tragedies and crises was immediately picked up by major news outlets and circulated throughout the social media world. President Obama was even asked about his thoughts on Bush’s choice of words that same day. “I don’t even think I have to react to that one,” Obama stated. “I think the American people should make their own judgements based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And in terms of — and they can decide whether they consider that stuff happening.”
When asked by a reporter whether his remark was a mistake, an irritated Bush responded, “”No, it wasn’t a mistake, I said exactly what I said, explain to me what I said wrong… Things happen all the time. ‘Things’ — is that better?” His campaign then released the following statement. 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.”
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