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Bush: New guns laws aren't right reaction to mass shootings

7 years 4 days 20 hours ago Friday, October 02 2015 Oct 2, 2015 October 02, 2015 3:59 PM October 02, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says he's opposed to new federal gun laws as a response to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college.

At a forum in South Carolina, Bush said Friday he learned as Florida governor that "stuff happens ... there's always a crisis, and the impulse is to do something, and it's not necessarily the right thing to do."

Bush later defended his use of the phrase "stuff happens" and accused Democrats and the media of "distorting" his words. He says he was speaking generally about tragedies, not Thursday's shooting that left 10 people dead, including the gunman.

Asked to react to Bush's statement, President Barack Obama says, "I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgment."

Obama added that voters "can decide whether or not they consider that stuff happening."

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