Former GOP presidential candidate and Trump supporter Dr. Ben Carson said that it was time to have a considered conversation about the Second Amendment.
“Let’s put on the table — what is the reason for the Second Amendment?” he told Andrea Mitchell Thursday. “And, is there a reason that we need to change those things right now?”
He added, “Let’s put the data on the table and let’s talk about it like intelligent people rather than getting in our respective corners and hurling insults. We’ll never solve anything that way.”
In the same interview, Carson defended Trump’s decision to attack Hillary Clinton‘s faith, saying that someone’s religion “should be manifested publicly” and needed to be scrutinized. When confronted with the fact that Trump did the same thing to Carson, Carson said that in politics, “people say stuff.”
Trump has indicated that he wants to meet with the NRA to discuss moving the group’s position on the “no-fly” list. Currently, the NRA does not support the idea of banning gun sales to people under investigation for terrorism.
On the campaign trail, Carson presented himself as a staunch defender of gun rights, even suggesting that kindergarten teachers should be packing in the classroom. During an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press last October, Carson said, “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.”
Video courtesy of MSNBC.
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