Jeb Bush criticized for ‘stuff happens’ remark in reaction to shootings

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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.” 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.”

A #StuffHappens hashtag later surfaced on Twitter, with many using it to criticize Bush’s stance on gun control as well as other issues.