Against all odds, Ben Carson is one of the most popular Republican candidates in the 2016 race for the White House. The former head of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins is now tied in Pennsylvania, and leading the pack in the crucial state of Iowa. Carson’s views on immigration, healthcare, and the economy seem to be resonating with GOP primary voters, but his recent comments about guns is troubling.
As the country continues to reel from yet another mass shooting that claimed the lives of nine people in Oregon, Carson took to his Facebook page to answer a question about gun control.
The question, from a man Carson identified as “Dan,” asked if the shooting in Oregon had ” altered [his] position as a supporter of the Second Amendment.”
Carson’s answer was both personal and surprising.
“I grew up in the slums of Detroit. I saw plenty of gun violence as a child. Both of my cousins were killed on the streets. As a Doctor, I spent many a night pulling bullets out of bodies,” Carson wrote on Facebook. “There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking – but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
Carson went on to chastise “the Left” for attempting to politicize the tragedy.
“Serious people seek serious solutions. The Left would prefer to use these tragedies to advance a political agenda. To me, that is also devastatingly sad,” he said. “The Left would have you believe that a man that asked Christians to stand up (and then executed them one by one) would obey “new gun laws”. That kind of logic explains many of the problems we find ourselves in today.”
While its hard to imagine anything more devastating than being killed by a gun-wielding madman, Carson’s warning that the government is attempting to take away citizens’ guns is just wrong.
Since President Obama took office, radical gun advocates like the NRA have warned about the government stripping away the right to bear arms. Despite their sensational warnings, however, what we’ve continued to see are thousands of shootings each year and a Congress that can’t even pass sensible gun measures.
Each year more than 30,000 people die from gun violence, and there have been hundreds of mass shootings in the past few years. So what is Carson’s plan to keep people safe? More guns.
“If I had a little kid in kindergarten somewhere I would feel much more comfortable if I knew on that campus there was a police officer or somebody who was trained with a weapon,” he said in an interview with Capital Download. “If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn’t.”