Ben Carson: 2nd Amendment Keeps Government from Dominating the People

By AWR Hawkins

Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson
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Washington DC – -(  On April 10 2015, I had the opportunity to talk with GOP Presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson about guns and gun rights, and he told us that the Second Amendment keeps the government from dominating the people.

Carson talked about the importance of the Second Amendment:

The Second Amendment is incredibly important for a couple of reasons. Number one, our Founders felt that our nation, if ever invaded by outside forces, would be much stronger if the people could help repel those forces. Number two, and perhaps even more importantly, is if the government–our own government–ever became tyrannical, and wanted to dominate the people, the Second Amendment guarantees the people the means whereby to defend themselves.

At our country’s founding, James Madison described “the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation.” We mentioned this to Carson and asked him if it is still an advantage for Americans to be armed.

Carson responded:

This question was probably answered best by Thomas Hobbes, the English philosopher who, in talking about tyranny, said that the Americans would probably never suffer from tyranny of the government because their citizens are armed. This was hundreds of years ago, and we’ve maintained that tradition, and we’ve maintained our freedom.

We also asked Carson how he responds to people who react to high profile crimes by pushing more gun laws or more gun control, and this is what he said:

My response to such people is that they can push all the gun controls they want, but the criminals aren’t going to pay any attention to it. Only the law-abiding citizens pay attention to gun control laws. All you’re doing by pushing gun control is putting the law-abiding citizen at a disadvantage, as Thomas Jefferson said.

Lastly, we asked Carson about arguments for and against certain types of firearms, particularly as those arguments hinge on legislative efforts to do away with semiautomatics or certain semiautomatics.

Carson responded by saying that, after the trauma he saw practicing medicine, he was himself unsure of the value of having semiautomatics in crowded cities. But after further consideration and “looking at the history,” he realized there was no logic or virtue in opposing one type of firearm over another.

This is what Carson told us:

The real purpose of the Second Amendment is to allow citizens to be able to protect themselves against an overly aggressive government. In order to do that, they need to have any kind of weapon that they may have, legally. And that includes semiautomatic weapons.

So, if the source that is trying to dominate you has those weapons, but you don’t have them–if all you have are pea-shooters–then your defense of yourself is not going to be very effective.

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  • 14 thoughts on “Ben Carson: 2nd Amendment Keeps Government from Dominating the People

    1. I am sorry, but every single Presidential Candidate has their own agenda, and despite the fact that their mouths move, they still have them.

      I will not and do not trust any human being to change their minds, nor do I even begin to think that they won’t desire to see what they want and believe come to fruition on a national level, creating their idea of utopia even if it is met with resistance.

      There’s a lot about Ben that has me gun-shy (pun-intended) about pulling the trigger on voting for him.

      For one, his original stance on his ideals about guns. I don’t care if he is now clarifying what he meant, to me it looks like he is covering his butt.

      Second, his stance on vaccines. No one should be forced to take medication they don’t want to, even if they are identified as ‘ignorant’. People have the right to choose what goes into their bodies and the consequences of those choices. That is the definition of Liberty and Freedom – two words that we never hear anymore during election time.

      My list is growing as I learn more, but those two above are HUGE for me and shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone.

      I am going with Cruz thus far.

    2. His comments sounds just like Obama’s when he was running the 1st time. Look back at all candidate’s records. Once a gun grabber, always a gun grabber. They don’t change, but only want you to think they have to get your vote. Then when they get elected, all hell breaks loose. Then they write their own laws on guns and try to do away with the 2nd amendment. Never trust anyone who has ever voted “no” on guns or said anything against them.

      1. I agree wholeheartedly.
        I actually have more respect for a politician that admits he is antigun (I respect the honesty, but extremely dislike the person because he is trying to take away my natural right to defend myself. Felt I needed to make that crystal clear), than one that pisses down my back and tells me it is raining (lies to hide the truth).
        I think Carson is pissing down our backs.

    3. Carson is back pedaling. He originally said he didn’t thing people should have guns in the cities, but maybe it’d be ok out in the country.
      I don’t trust him with our rights.

    4. You have the right to property , yet be unemployed and unable to pay your property tax , local government sells the tax note and then a lien holder forecloses on you . When is America going to wake up that this is SERFDOM at its core. We are sharecroppers for local government. I blame my grand parents and parents for being ignorant and allowing this. All it has done is make pertpetual debt and servitude.
      Most people will be unable to retire because property taxes double every 10 years or so even with tax caps , the reverse math the outcome of raising taxes.
      Just say no to 12 years of education for a liftime of taxes.

    5. Presidential candidates especially those running under the Republican banner always talk how much they favor pro gun laws and the 2ND amendment before elections. I will harken back on President Reagan’s comment about “trust but verify”. I will check everyone’s history in regards to their attitudes towards guns because that will tell a lot about a man or woman.

    6. theres more than three thoughts for this article, two hours and my comment still aint published, looks like ammoland is censoring now, this has happened before when domestic enemies have been exposed.

    7. theres a body called lawmakers, every year theres thousands of laws passed protecting us from ourselves, theres nothing we can have or do without first acquiring the proper license, certificate registration or tag, we have to keep paying the same tax over and over again, these lawmakers enforce the laws upon us with their own private army we call police officers, when one resists the puppet media gives us this sob story how they was killed in the line of defense, I’m not talking about actual crimes that has a victim, i’m talking about the the private army that enforces laws against ones own self.

    8. Still unsure where he stands on background checks. He’s got a lot of cleaning up to do on the specifics which brings up the question if he’s so strong on the issue to begin with why does he keep having to clarify?

    9. I’m glad Dr. Carson has come around on 2A but I think Cruz is the best pick. He’d be great as Surgeon General, though.

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