In 2013, Dr. Ben Carson told Glenn Beck that he didn’t think that folks living in urban areas should have semi-automatic weapons. Now that he’s considering a run for President, he’s clarifying that remark:
â€śPerhaps I didnâ€™t convey it appropriately,â€ť he said. â€śI wanted to convey that, you know, I’ve lived in urban areas. I’ve worked in urban areas. I’ve seen a lot of carnage, and I’d prefer a situation where the kinds of weapons that create that kind of carnage don’t fall to the hands of criminal elements or insane people. But that is secondary to the desire to always defend the Second Amendment.â€ť
Carson said that â€śunder no circumstancesâ€ť would he â€śallow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen’s rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves.â€ť
If he were in a position of national leadership, Carson said he would seek to allow people to possess any kind of weapon they can legally buy, including â€śautomatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.â€ť
Asked by one call participant whether he would support convicted felons being allowed to possess guns after serving their time, Carson said it would â€śdepend on what kind of criminal activity they were convicted for.â€ť He added, â€śIs this somebody who is still considered a danger to society? If that’s the case, they probably still should be in prison.â€ť
Carson said a â€śmental patientâ€ť or someone with â€śhistory of violenceâ€ť shouldn’t be able to own â€śanythingâ€ť to â€śwreak havoc on society.â€ť That, he said, could be part of a â€śreasonableâ€ť gun-control law. The government also shouldn’t â€śretrospectivelyâ€ť go back to make once-legal guns illegal, he said.