Ben Carson Clarifies His Stance on 2nd Amendment, Supports Owning Any Type of Firearm
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Ben Carson seems like a near perfect GOP candidate for the 2016 presidential race.
He’s a world class doctor (one of the best neurosurgeons in the world to be exact), which could have mass appeal to voters concerned about healthcare, he has a squeaky clean past (unless you count performing pro-bono, life saving brain surgery on children as something negative), he’s a Medal of Freedom recipient (the highest civilian honor an American can earn) and he would bring many African-American voters back to the GOP.
Not to mention the fact that he’s probably the best fundraiser in the Republican field. His Super PAC has already raised tens of millions of dollars for his candidacy, and he hasn’t even announced he’s running yet.
However, to date, one comment has irked conservatives and it involves guns. Carson previously said:
“It depends on where you live. If you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.”
According to Bloomberg.com, Carson recently clarified his statements on the Second Amendment:
“There seemed to be group of people—I don’t know exactly who they are—who seize upon one part of something that I said,” Carson said on the call, which Bloomberg Politics was allowed to dial into. “Sometimes people just hear one little thing and they don’t hear anything else.”
Carson said that he could have been more precise in his answer to Beck.
“Perhaps I didn’t convey it appropriately,” he said. “I wanted to convey that, you know, I’ve lived in urban areas. I’ve worked in urban areas. I’ve seen a lot of carnage, and I’d prefer a situation where the kinds of weapons that create that kind of carnage don’t fall to the hands of criminal elements or insane people. But that is secondary to the desire to always defend the Second Amendment.”
Carson said that “under no circumstances” would he “allow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen’s rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves.”
If he were in a position of national leadership, Carson said he would seek to allow people to possess any kind of weapon they can legally buy, including “automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.”
With the current Republican field looking pretty much the same as it has the last 2 election cycles, Carson may be what the GOP needs to get back into the White House. Do you trust his clarification on the Second Amendment?