Dr. Ben Carson isn't wavering a bit -- he would have done things differently if he were a potential victim of the Oregon shooter ... but just like the first time, he followed his comment with a chuckle.
Carson was in NYC Tuesday, when he was asked if he stands by his comment that he would have quickly organized a mob to subdue the Oregon gunman, because the guy could only shoot one person at a time.
Carson, who initially made his point on "Fox & Friends," has been skewered by some who feel he was calling the victims cowards. A lot of people were upset he chuckled after making his comment.
The LAPD can chill, because there's no need to launch a criminal investigation into the video which seems to show someone lurking around a cop car with gun in hand ... because the people who shot the video say the gun's a fake.
The '90s rap group Brownside produced an Instagram video showing someone in a car flashing a gun as an unsuspecting LAPD cop gets out of his patrol car. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck believes the guy with the gun has a prior conviction and may have committed a crime -- carrying a firearm inside a vehicle.
But a member of the group -- Toker -- tells us his brother is the one in the video, and the gun is a plastic prop ... one of many they bought earlier in the day for a music video shoot for their single, "Till the Casket Drops."
By the Way, the group was once signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records.
Jim Carrey's on-and-off again girlfriend Cathriona White tried ending her life in 2012 and we're told a hateful message from her biological mother may have led to her suicide ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Our sources tell us, during their investigation they learned White attempted suicide after her father's death in 2012.
We're told White's friends told investigators on Cathriona's birthday -- just days before her suicide -- she received a hateful message from her estranged biological mother who called her a "failure."
Cathriona committed suicide on the 3rd anniversary of her father's death.
Our sources say her mother's attack, along with the somber anniversary and her breather with Jim, may have contributed to Cathriona's suicide. It appears she OD'd on drugs.
"American Horror Story: Hotel" has drawn hordes of fans to the real hotel on which the show is based.
'AHS' die-hards are flocking to Stay on Main hotel in downtown L.A. ... the site of a grisly death in 2013 when it was called the Cecil Hotel.
Elisa Lam was found dead in the hotel's water tank after the hotel received complaints the water tasted funny. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning, but after LAPD released elevator video of Elisa's erratic behavior, stories began surfacing she was possessed and the hotel was haunted.
We're told the barrage of 'AHS' promos featuring Lady Gaga have sent fans into a frenzy ... people are lining up to stay in Elisa's room and poke around the water tank. As for the room, they're out of luck ... it's off limits.
Ryan Murphy has said his inspiration for the new season of 'AHS' -- premiering Wednesday night -- is Lam's story.
We're told security is on alert for people daring to conduct paranormal investigations.
Mariah Carey is directing a Hallmark movie for the holidays starring her favorite character, Gretchen Weiners from "Mean Girls."
Our Mariah people say she started working on "A Christmas Melody" Tuesday and made herself right at home in the director's chair. We're told Mariah had only one request, her favorite actress from her favorite movie star in the flick. Let's be serious ... she had more than one request.
Lacey Chabert, who played Gretchen Weiners in "Mean Girls" was more than happy to take the lead.
Mariah won't appear in the movie but we're told her music is featured throughout. It's unclear if MiMi tapped into directing legend Brett Ratner for advice.
You don't have to take your clothes off to have a good time ... but it helps.
Just ask former "Basketball Wives LA" star Brittish Williams who just got bare ass naked ... as she makes her grand reentrance to the dating world after breaking up with her fiance earlier this summer.
Williams' rep tells us she posed for BE Entertained Magazine to "show she's single, free at last and ready to live."
Translation -- Brittish likes guys. Guys like naked women. So, there.
Jason Aldean might have made it over the Canadian border just fine but some of his equipment wasn't so lucky after a nasty car wreck.
A tractor trailer carrying a ton of Aldean's gear allegedly lost control on a British Columbia highway, the big rig then hit a rock and flipped completely over. Luckily, the driver suffered only minor injuries.
As for the concert ... it was supposed to be Tuesday night but has been delayed until Wednesday night.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Charlize Theron's alleged stalker can sleep easy on a bed of roses tonight ... the District Attorney has declined to charge him.
We're told the decision on Tuesday to drop charges was made based on a lack of evidence Stanislav Sonseadec intended to place Charlize in any danger.
According to the D.A's rejection docs,Theron's assistant asked Sonseadec several times to leave the property before calling the cops. But law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sonseadec is Russian and there may have been a language barrier that made it hard for him to understand he was unwelcome.
TMZ broke the story ... cops were called to the actresses' house Sunday after a man with flowers for her refused to leave.
"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" star Dylan O'Brien is getting called to the principal's office -- after he bragged about stealing Native American artifacts from the movie's set, he'll have to answer to 20th Century Fox studio execs.
O'Brien spilled the beans about jacking the stuff a couple weeks ago on "Live with Kelly & Michael" -- and did it in a pretty insensitive way ... admitting they'd been warned to leave any native artifacts they might stumble upon during filming. He said they took stuff anyway, and joked they'd been cursed because several cast members got sick.
TMZ spoke with Roch Hart, who manages Diamond Tail Ranch in Albuquerque -- where the movie was shot -- and he was pissed about O'Brien's comments. He told us he wasn't sure what, if anything, O'Brien and his co-stars really did take -- but said, "If the artifacts are not returned, we will be contacting our attorney."
Hart said he called 20th Century Fox, the film's distributor, on Tuesday to see if it would offer any assistance, and a few hours later he was told Fox would reach out to the cast and crew. Hart says he's been told the studio will find out if anything was taken, and if so ... make it right.
Stevie Wonder is officially divorced from his second wife Kai Millard Morris.
Under the settlement, Stevie has agreed to pay $25,000 a month in child support for their 2 kids ... ages 14 and 10. Stevie and Kai agreed to joint custody. According to the agreement, Stevie can take the kids on the road when he tours on a limited basis.
Stevie used his thumbprint instead of a signature to sign off on the settlement.
Jay Z and Beyonce got the last laugh after getting notice to leave the house they were renting ... because we've learned they got an even better house.
Our sources say Bey and Jay are now renting the $45 million Holmby Hills palace that was owned by ex-L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.
McCourt sold the house to a British billionaire last year for $45 million, but we're told the new owner was hardly in L.A. and it just sat vacant. So he recently decided to put it on the market for lease ... we're told for around $150k a month.
Our sources -- all of whom are people who were on hand this past weekend facilitating the move -- say Beyonce and Jay signed a 1-year lease.
As for the house ... it's 20,000 square feet, complete with an indoor Olympic-sized pool complex and an outdoor pool with a waterfall and formal gardens.
Bill Cosby was just sued by the woman who has triggered an active criminal investigation against the comedian.
Chloe Goins -- who says she met Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 where she allegedly was given a date rape drug -- outlines in the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, the claims 40 other women have made and then says, "The nature of these activities establishes a history of a serial rapist that has been conducting these horrendous activities against women for over the last 40 years."
She says she woke up naked in a room with Cosby who was at the end of the bed biting one of her toes. Goins claims Cosby quickly left the room when he noticed she was awake.
The case is now under review by the LA District Attorney.