WATCH: Jeb Argues Against Gun Control After Oregon Massacre: ‘Stuff Happens’

Republican presidential candidate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush reportedly told a South Carolina crowd on Friday that gun control is not the answer to reducing gun deaths in the U.S. because “stuff happens.”

“I had this challenge as governor. Look, stuff happens, there’s always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it’s necessarily the right thing to do,” Bush said, in response to a question about gun control.

The remark, first reported by The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, came amid renewed calls for greater restrictions on guns in the wake of a massacre at an Oregon community college that left 10 dead, including the gunman.

Bush doubled down on the remark after the event. In video posted online, Lizza asks the presidential candidate is the phrasing was a mistake.

“No, it wasn’t a mistake, I said exactly what I said. Explain to me what I said wrong,” a visibly frustrated Bush responded. “Things happen all the time. Things. Is that better?”

The remark was similar to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s response to the tragedy, who said “these things happen” when asked how to prevent future mass shootings.

In a Pew Research poll released Friday, Bush had tumbled to just 4 percent support.

Lizza also posted the full text of Bush’s remarks on Twitter:

Watch Bush’s full answer below:

This story has been updated.

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  1. Avatar for dsinlp dsinlp says:

    Dead man walking.

    On edit, I don’t recall him saying “stuff happens” about Terry Schiavo.

  2. I dare him to say that directly to the victim’s families!

  3. Presidential material right here.

  4. Um, JEBster??

    Rump beatcha to it. You’re late, man…

  5. I agree with Jeb! Stuff happens.

    Being the good fiscally conservative Republican he is I now fully expect him to call off his secret service protection that is costing the taxpayer so much money because if anything happens to him because he has no protection, it’s simply because “Stuff happens”.

    I am sure he won’t be wasting money on bodyguards, or wears a seatbelt while driving. While we are at it, why do we need guard rails on roads? Stuff happens, right, so we shouldnt do anything to prevent “stuff” from happening.

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