Ben Carson, Why Am I Not Surprised At Your Stance On Guns?

When gifted neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson spoke out at the National Prayer breakfast and communicated sound principles, people applauded him. Even I thought his speech was great and I wrote about it. Many were already making bumper stickers and t-shirts with "Ben Carson for President" on them. Well stop the presses. Carson, in a candid moment with Glenn Beck, completely fumbled the Second Amendment, and with that fumble goes any chance of real conservatives or libertarians backing him for office, or at least it should. Carson claimed that people who live in large cities shouldn't be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons.

Ironically, Carson was an ROTC instructor for Freedom Outpost's Kevin Fobbs and Fobbs communicated his respect for Carson and his appreciation for the lessons he learned from him in a recent article.

However, though Carson passed on political correctness when it came to the prayer breakfast with Barack Obama looking on not ten feet from where he spoke, on this issue he does not stand with the Constitution and one of the most basic duties of man and that is to be able to defend one's self, family, community from attackers and tyrannical government.

“There’s a reason for the Second Amendment; people do have the right to have weapons," he said.

However, Carson thinks that right is limited by where someone lives. When asked whether or not people should be allowed to own semi-automatic weapons, he answered, "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 added.

However, if you live “out in the country somewhere by yourself” and want to own a semi-automatic weapon, he continued, “I’ve no problem with that.”

Well that's all fine and dandy, but the issue is not whether someone has a problem with it or not. The issue is everyone is entitled to their opinion, but that's as far as it goes.

I'm quite curious, that just three weeks after giving that speech and presenting some great points that he is now speaking about gun control. Does that raise anyone else's suspicions?

Here's the thing, conservatives, or I should say "neo-conservatives" of our day are so eager to cling on to anyone that they will ignore this and many will continue their "Carson for President" chant. It's like Christians who get all excited about a celebrity who claims to have "gotten saved." Instead of keeping our eye on the true King, the Lord Jesus Christ, we start looking at men and we idolize them. We look to them as though they are the answer to our problems. They are not.

This is not to say that we should not look to install men of integrity and character to office. We should. The Scriptures are clear: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."

One should be able to trust that those who are even remotely interested in any office in our land should be those who understand what the law of the land is and uphold it. Otherwise, they will just become an addition to the problem and a help to tyranny.

Am I saying that someone has to be perfect? Far from it. However, We all should be able to elect representatives to office that actually know what the Constitution teaches and then abide by it. That really isn't asking a lot.

I realize we all carry a lot of baggage and we are all learning and growing. With that in mind, I hope someone will speak with Dr. Carson and correct his "problem" with the Second Amendment.

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  • Downtooearth

    Dr Carson doesn't want to ban guns-he was giving his opinion. He was talking that it should be up to local government regarding assault weapons, not the Federal government. He, at least, is using common sense, unlike most people do today!

  • GWB1

    Tim Brown is an idiot. Carson is a city boy who has never seen a gun up
    close. He can't be expected to know anything about them. That Fauz Pas
    certainly doesn't disqualify him from being conservative, or exercising
    his second amendment rights.

  • WASP

    I was afraid this guy was too good to be true. Every silver lining has a cloud.

  • phunyfarm

    Still a good man & thinks righteously, or because of gun issue, city vs country area, we should just dis him & LOVE Obama all the more? Get real, he's probably been covertly threatened many times over due to that brave, in your face speech.

  • CharlieSeattle

    Guns are for hunting, Tyrants and Traitors!

  • Dan Darcy

    Sorry, Dr. Carson, you're off the list before you ever really got on it. There are some things you gotta be all in on, and 2A is the first one. And you ain't, so you're out 10 feet short of first base. Hit the showers and clean out your locker.

  • IddiKlu

    The number of numb sculls in public places, flapping their uninformed lips is just staggering. Hardly anyone seems to understand what the 2nd amendment is all about. We obviously have a major problem with our educational system, and have had that long enough to about half of the people who believe they are educated, being so very wrong..

  • spin43

    Who will determine how large a city has to be Mr. Carson? Why are blacks against our constitutional rights when many had ancestors who were slaves? Don't you want freedom? Should we ban autos from cities? Many are killed biking or walking in the cities. Stick to surgery!

  • kathycasey

    Having watched the interview, what I saw was a man who was somewhat hesitant on the subject, which I interpreted as likely being due to having little or no real knowledge of different types of guns. Before I would cast him aside, as it seems some do when a person doesn't meet everyone of our requirements, I would invite him to a shooting range with an experienced shooter and a variety of guns and educate him. He very well might change what seemed a tenuous position if he had more information. Look at his history. Do you think he has any familiarty with guns from personal experience? He is probably giving an opinion on what he has heard, not what he knows.