Carson on Gun Rights: There’s a Reason 'We’ve Been Free for Hundreds of Years'

By Melanie Arter | February 18, 2016 | 10:40am EST
GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked how he would preserve gun rights and protect the American people, GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a gun owner, said during CNN’s GOP town hall in South Carolina Wednesday that there’s a reason that U.S. citizens, who have been able to bear arms for hundreds of years have also been free.

“So we’ve had guns for hundreds of years, and we’ve been free for hundreds of years. I think there may be a correlation there, and I think after the San Bernardino attacks and the Paris attacks, the current administration, their idea of solving the problem was to take guns away from the people,” Carson said.

 



“I’ve only recently felt the need to own a gun, and right now the world is a dangerous place, so what is your plan to preserve my rights to own a gun and also to protect the American people?” Alexander Sexton, a defense industry worker, asked at the town hall.

“The Second Amendment is there for a very good reason. It was so that the people could assist the government in case of an invasion. More importantly, it was so that the people could protect themselves in case the government itself ever became tyrannical and tried to rule the people,” said Carson.

“So we’ve had guns for hundreds of years, and we’ve been free for hundreds of years. I think there may be a correlation there, and I think after the San Bernardino attacks and the Paris attacks, the current administration, their idea of solving the problem was to take guns away from the people,” he said.

“Somehow that’s going to solve your problem because there are terrorists trying to kill you – take your guns away. It makes absolutely no sense,” Carson said.

“What they should be doing is offering free classes in gun safety to all the citizens who want to take it so they can protect themselves. It is the fundamental right that we have to be able to protect ourselves, but we also need to take safety into account,” he added.

Host Anderson Cooper asked Carson if he owned a gun or felt the need to have one.

“Yes, I don’t know that I felt the need to have a gun, but I like having a gun,” Carson said.

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