On Friday, the presidential hopeful was speaking at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. In the wake of Thursday's tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, the conversation was focused on gun control and senseless acts of violence.
At one point, he was asked if prayers would be more effective if they were allowed in school before an attack like this happens instead of after.
That prompted him to say that the government shouldn't spring into action after tragedies like this because "stuff happens." No, you didn't read that wrong.
Take a look at his full response (below):
"It's been a difficult time in our country, and I don't think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's just, it's very sad to see, but I resist this notion and I did — I had this challenge as governor — we had, 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."
The 62-year-old also explained that he felt we don't need new gun regulations in place, saying:
"Whenever you see a tragedy take place, the impulse in the political system most, more, more often at the federal level — but also at the state level — is to do something, right. And what we end up doing lots of times is we create rules on the 99.999 percent of human activity that had nothing to do with the tragedy that forced the conversation, by doing something. And we're taking people's rights away each time we do that. And we're not necessarily focusing on the real challenge."
When he was done speaking, one reporter went up to him to make sure that he wasn't taking his earlier statement out of context, and asked if what he said was a mistake.
The Republican contender responded:
"No, it wasn't a mistake. I said exactly what I said. Explain to me what I said wrong."
The reporter clarified:
"You said, 'Stuff happens.'"
To which Jeb said:
"Things happen all the time. 'Things,' is that better?"
It's pretty obvious that the potential President doesn't realize he just significantly trivialized a mass shooting. And if you're concerned that these remarks were taken out of context, ch-ch-check out the clips of his comments (below):