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Despite Uproar, Jeb Bush Stands By 'Stuff Happens' Remark

Jeb Bush has been criticized for referring to the Oregon mass shooting with the phrase, "stuff happens."

By Matt Picht | October 2, 2015

Jeb Bush responded to the Oregon mass shooting Friday, saying new gun laws weren't the right response.

He argued, "Look, stuff happens. There’s always a crisis, and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do." (Video via Mediaite)

Bush's apparent point was to be wary of hasty, crisis-driven legislation. But liberal critics slammed his word choice as insensitive.

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Including President Obama, who said "I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgements based on the fact that every couple of months, we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that 'stuff happening'."

Bush's campaign called the reactions a "sad and beyond craven" attempt to "advance [a] political agenda." (Video via YouTube / Earl Thompson)

He later tweeted a link to a local bank's relief fund for the shooting.

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