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Ben Carson on Gun Control

Tea Party challenger in Republican primary

 


No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity

Q: In one article in Breitbart, you indicated that there shouldn't be a line about what types of weapons citizens can buy. At the same time, you have said in places where there are a lot of crowds, referring you don't want a crazy person ending up with the wrong type of weapon. So you seem to be open to limiting that. What is your stand on this?

CARSON: Well, my point being we should never compromise the Second Amendment. Of course, we should be thinking about what we can do to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of mentally unstable people. The two things are not incompatible.

Q: So you're not saying there should be a limitation on what type of weapon a sane person should be able to buy?

CARSON: Of course not. You know, when we put this amendment in place, you know, state-of-the-art weapon was what? A musket? But the principle was that the citizenry should have access to whatever they needed in order to protect themselves from an overly aggressive government.

Source: Meet the Press 2015 interview moderated by Chuck Todd , Oct 25, 2015

2nd amendment critical in guarding against tyranny

Q: In your book, there's a passage in which you say confiscating the guns of American citizens would violate the Constitution. But who wants to confiscate all the guns of the American citizens?

CARSON: Well, what I'm talking about is the reason that we have a Second Amendment in there. It's there for the reasons that I stated in the book, specifically, in case of an invasion by a foreign power, the people will be able to aid the military, and also, if we have a time when we have the wrong people in office and they want to dominate the people, the people will be able to defend themselves.

Q: In the book, it suggests, though, that there is a present threat that guns would be confiscated from American citizens?

CARSON: No. Many of the things that are in the Constitution are to help to prevent horrible things from happening. So they're in place to make sure that the people maintain their liberties, and that the government remains constrained.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2015 interview by Bob Schieffer , Oct 11, 2015

Regard with suspicion anyone ignoring the Second Amendment

Blaming gun laws for tragedies instead of human beings is a common poly of politicians. Everyone in America should understand the significance of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. It gives the citizenry the right to own and bear arms. It is important for citizens to be able to aid the military in the event of a foreign invasion--however unlikely that might seem in the 21st century. And just as important, lawful people have the right to defend themselves against individual aggression--or their own corrupt governments. Any politician willing to ignore the Second Amendment to win votes should be regarded with suspicion. The same goes for any other part of the U.S. Constitution).
Source: One Vote, by Ben Carson, p. 40-1 , Nov 1, 2014

Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration

He "used to think they needed to be registered, but if you register them they just come and find you and take your guns." He said, "I would never advocate anything to interfere with Second Amendment rights; however, We have to keep in mind that law-abiding American citizens absolutely should have gun rights." Q
Source: Breitbart.com, "Martial Law," by Tony Lee , Mar 10, 2014

Extremely pro-2nd Amendment; never let anyone tamper with it

Source: Ben Carson's Facebook page, cited on 2016committee.org , Feb 18, 2014

Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities

Appearing on Glenn Beck's radio show this past week, Carson took a vastly different stance from most conservatives on the issue of gun control, claiming you shouldn't be able to own semi-automatic weapons in large cities.

Asked by Beck for his thoughts on the Second Amendment, Carson gave the popular pro-gun argument: "There's a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons."

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 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," Carson elaborated. However, if you live "out in the country somewhere by yourself" and want to own a semi-automatic weapon, he added, "I've no problem with that."

Source: Andrew Kirell on mediaite.com , Mar 3, 2013

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