More on Ben Carson and restricting gun rights

Ben Carson

Via Twitchy, Dana Loesch was tweeting during Ben Carson’s CPAC speech Saturday:

 

Twitchy notes:

Here’s what Carson told Glenn Beck last year, via RCP:

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. If you live out in the country somewhere by yourself, I have no problem.

Carson offered more on his position a few months ago in an op-ed titled “Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?”

I had noted some of the previous Carson remarks in a post:

When asked by Glenn Beck if people should be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons, Dr. Benjamin Carson said: “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.” (Glenn Beck Show, March 1, 2013)

From the Carson op-ed linked above:

We do, however, require that anyone driving a car on the streets of our nation have a license to do so, indicating the successful completion of adequate training. We do not grant licenses to certain categories of individuals who would be deemed unsafe drivers. This is done for the safety of the public at large.

Perhaps instead of getting into our corners and screaming at each other, it is time to engage in intelligent conversation about our desire to preserve the rights granted to American citizens by our Constitution while at the same time ensuring the safety of all of our citizens. The way we treat access to automobiles is a good starting point, although there is no perfect analogy. If we keep our goals in mind and dispose of ideological rhetoric, we can solve this problem.

As I noted last week, the Charles Lollar for Governor campaign has purported to receive Ben Carson’s endorsement (the 2nd time in the past year they’ve acted like a new endorsement was received from him.) All of the statements were in the third person from the Lollar campaign with no statements from Carson himself. The Lollar campaign also claimed Carson gave them a $4000 contribution.

You would think that someone covering all the Carson news lately with him at CPAC would’ve thought to ask him about it had there been an actual statement from Carson about it (or if there was a statement, they would had to have considered Lollar relevant.) I am in the process of trying to get comments from the Carson people about the supposed endorsement from Lollar and I will do a follow-up if and when I get a response. Only one thing is certain, Carson won’t be voting for Lollar (unless he changes his registration.) I’ve confirmed that Carson is currently registered as an independent in Maryland and would not be allowed to vote in the GOP primary.

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