Ben Carson just happened to be on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday afternoon, shortly after news of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon broke. The GOP presidential candidate delivered the standard conservative message about focusing on mental health instead of gun control but then took things further by using the opportunity to express his specific opposition to gun registration laws.
“Obviously, there are those who are going to be calling for gun control,” Carson said of the event, which left at least 13 people dead. “Obviously, that’s not the issue. The issue is the mentality of these people.” He said instead of focusing on guns, we should be looking for “early warning clues” to prevent incidents such as this one.
Listen to audio below, via The Hugh Hewitt Show:
“What I worry about is when we get to the point were we say we need to have every gun registered,” Carson said. He continued, “we have to know where the people are and where their guns are, that’s very dangerous. And that I wouldn’t agree with at all.”
Most states, including Oregon, do not require gun owners to register their firearms. Just this past August, Oregon instituted a new universal background check law that applies to all gun sales, including from private sellers.
Two years ago, Carson expressed views about gun laws that sounded very different from the comments he is making now that he is running for president in the Republican primary. Speaking to Glenn Beck in March 2013, Carson said, “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.”
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