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The media excoriated Ben Carson for suggesting he would attack a shooter to prevent mass killings like the one that occurred in Oregon recently ("Ben Carson defends his comment on mass shootings," Oct. 7).

Yet they seem to forget the actions taken aboard a train in France a few weeks earlier, when a terrorist was thwarted by two Americans who overwhelmed the attacker.

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The same thing happened aboard Flight 93 on 9/11, when passengers thwarted an attack against the White House or the U.S. Capitol.

In light of those incidents, Dr. Carson's suggestion isn't so far-fetched at all.

Jerrold L. Brotman, Timonium

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