As Rolling Stone notes, Carson was writing in response to a question supposedly submitted from one of his followers to the AskBen@BenCarson.com email address. A supporter named Dan wanted to know what effect, if any, the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseberg had had on his second amendment views.
The answer was no.
Carson explained that he “grew up in the slums of Detroit” and “saw plenty of gun violence as a child.” He claims that two of his cousins were killed as a result of gun violence, and that he witnessed his fair share of bullet-ridden bodies as an emergency room doctor. Yet despite these horrors, the presidential candidate assured Dan that he remained an avid supporter of the constitutional right to bear arms.
“There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking,” he said, “but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
“Serious people seek serious solutions,” Carson continued, implying that he and others like him remain “serious” while those on “the Left would prefer to use these tragedies to advance a political agenda.” Of course, this ignores the fact that his taking one of the two entrenched positions regarding the second amend is part of a “political agenda.”
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