While speaking at a campaign event in Mobile, Alabama, presidential candidate Ben Carson compared the need to screen refugees before they enter the U.S. with the protecting children from rabid dogs.
“If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog. And you’re probably going to put your children out of the way,” Carson said, according to The Huffington Post. “Doesn’t mean that you hate all dogs, by any stretch of the imagination. But, you’re putting your intellect into motion and you’re thinking, how do I protect my children?”
“By the same token, we have to have in place screening mechanisms that allow us to determine who the mad dogs are, quite frankly,” Carson said. “Who are the people who want to come in here and hurt us and want to destroy us? Until we know how to do that, just like it would be foolish to put your child out into the neighborhood knowing that that was going on, it is foolish for us to accept people if we cannot have the appropriate type of screening.”
The famed neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate opposes allowing Syrian refugees to take shelter in the U.S. in the aftermath of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.