Skip to comments.From bad to worse: Dr. Ben Carson cannot be trusted on gun rights
Posted on 05/29/2014 9:53:54 PM PDT by Nachum
Dr. Ben Carson, potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has been enjoying near "rock star" status in ostensibly conservative circles. If that continues, "conservatives" had might as well give up trying to cast themselves as representing the "pro-gun" position, because Carson's stance on guns is one that would probably not displease the Brady Campaign.
Carson first raised gun owners' hackles in March, 2013, when he blithely told Glenn Beck that the right to own semi-automatic firearms is contingent on where one lives. From Mediate:
But when asked whether people should be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons, the doctor replied: It depends on where you live.
I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and Im afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it, Carson elaborated.
However, if you live out in the country somewhere by yourself and want to own a semi-automatic weapon, he added, Ive no problem with that.
(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...
Funny the Klan felt the same way about Blacks and guns.
Dr. Carson is a smart man. He can be reasoned with. That is a good start.
go ahead ...elect more democrats.....its pathetic the way so called "conservatives" and "freepers" destroy candidates on our side while electing every single stinking rat...
Dr. Ben Carson is a damn good man but he’s not presidential timber. Who’s pushing him to even think he could be a presidential contender? My guess is the establishment is in the one calling the shots for the good doctor.
Well, I wouldn’t want crazy people getting my guns either.
The Dems really have nothing to worry about; we’ll destroy our own candidates than you!
I swear, the Dems must laugh their collective A$$es of at us. And we call the GOPe the “Stupid Party”? Pfft.
“Whos pushing him to even think he could be a presidential contender? “
Not me. Although, anyone who pisses off Klownie the Kenyan at his own roast and shuts him up deserves my vote.
If he doesn’t understand the second amendment then he doesn’t really understand anything.
I am afraid to say that I agree with Carson. It depends where you live. If you live, say for the sake of argument, in America, then you can own guns. But if you live in North Korea, generally, no, you will not be allowed to own firearms.
Whether or not the good doctor has the correct view on gun rights is not an important question.
A candidacy on his part would be just another sideshow taking away votes from more serious conservative candidates with the experience necessary to put policies into practice and choose the right people to keep the government running efficiently, effectively, and Constitutionally.
This reads to me like friendly fire agit-prop.
If Carson is as smart and compassionate and principled and experienced and life-saving as his history suggests, then let's not "ruh roh" every little purity screed that someone decides to publish.
Let's be a little bit more reasoned and balanced in how we interpret the long run.
Jf being a purists means that I only promote and vote for candidates that well if required even to their last full measure to stand by their oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America then I am a purist and I will wear that badge proudly. If you can stand by the Law of the Land you have no business holding any office from Dog Catcher to POTUS.
I’d love for him to be my doctor, but not necessarily my president.
Carson is opening the door for gun control, he doesn’t have the spine needed to protect 2A.
“Carson is a good guy but he is not Presidential material.”
And according to FReepers, neither were any of the 2012 candidates...that’s why we were ultimately stuck with Romney.
We will ensure every candidate we have next election is deemed: “Not Presidential Material”, “Not ready for prime time”, “Needs more experience” etc.
As I said, the Dems have nothing to worry about; we’ll eat our own as we did in 2012.
I am going to take a wild guess that you either didn’t read the article at all in the first place, or you have never had any appreciation for the NRA nor the Second Ammendment, or both.
We can figure out who is “pure”, if they are simply uncompromising on upholding the Constitution and don’t suggest that we compromise it either.
Carson is a pleasant, intellegent and credentialed man in surgical medicine, but who bases the 2nd Ammendment on your address.
The article tracks his evolution of statements. Get a grip on what’s real, not the imagery.
I'm not a purist, and hardly a holy man. Moreover, I don't expect any candidate to match my every single stinking thought. But, I have two fundamental expectations of any person running for office, be it in the executive, legislative or (where judges are elected), the judicial branch. 1. That individual must support the right to life. If they don't, they philosophically communicate that every life is subject to the whims of government, and 2. They must unabashedly support the right of the individual to possess the means to defend themselves and their loved ones.
An anti-gun pol is either ignorant of the studies and statistics that overwhelmingly show the beneficial effects of an armed populace and ignorant of the historic and philosophical underpinnings of the Second Amendment, or they are perfectly aware of such things, and their desire to disarm the populace springs from far more insidious motives to concentrate power in the hands of government and foster dependence. Any anti-gun politician falls into one of those two categories: ignorant or malevolent. Sorry, but we already have more than enough of both types in offices throughout the land. Not going to give my vote to help elect one more. I would give Carson the benefit of the doubt and presume he falls into the ignorant category. If he educates himself in this area, and convinces me that he fully grasps the import of the Second Amendment, I could vote for him, but I would need to believe it was a true conversion and embrace.