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ERIC ODOM: Ben Carson, If You Can Make Me Feel Better About Your Past Gun Control Stance Im Willing to Support You

I dont like being lumped in with the single issue voter crowd. I like to think I have a much broader view of who I think can and will properly represent me from Washington. In the grand scheme of it all, for me at least, its about the constitution. Protect the constitution and protect my rights. If these two come first, the rest will fall in to place.

Dont get in the way of my ability to conduct commerce. Dont take a huge chunk of my money and give it to others. Protect life. Defend our borders from foreign invasion. And keep your hands off my guns.

There are issues I can convince myself to overlook if the position taken by any candidate is not too extremely opposed to my position (The constitutional position). But when it comes to the 2nd Amendment I leave no room to wiggle.

My right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Period.

Now when it comes to Ben Carson, I really, REALLY like the guy. Carson is, without question, the smartest guy in the room when surrounded by the other candidates. Hes extremely bright, quick and intelligent. While its true he may not have a lot of executive political experience, the same could be said about Ronald Reagan. And we all know how that turned out.

If were picking outsiders to go to Washington, and I believe most voters are this time around, our options are coming down to Donald Trump and Ben Carson. At least, this is the case according to the latest polls. And of the two, Im more inclined to support Ben Carson.


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But there is just one nagging issue I take with Carson. I know he says he has evolved on the issue of gun control, but that doesnt change the fact that Ben Carson has made one of the most dangerous anti-gun comments of all GOP candidates running in 2016.

Before we get to his past damning statement, lets look at his explanation of it.

Early on, when I entered the political arena and I was asked the question about guns, I didnt know at that time that you always start that off by saying how important the Second Amendment is and that you will never compromise that, Carson said.

Instead, I started out talking about something that concerned me a lot and that was having dangerous weapons in the hands of mentally-ill people and where that was most likely to occur. That was simply a matter of political inexperience, Carson continued. It has nothing to do with the fact that, I think the reason we still have our freedom is because of the Second Amendment.

So he was opposed to gun ownership because of political inexperience? For those who arent aware of what Carson said in the past, let me fill you in.

It depends on where you live, Carson said .I think if you live in the midst of a lot of people, and Im afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.

A knife can fall in the hands of a crazy person. So can a car or an airplane. Think this might be taken out of context?

Think again. Heres the full segment/statement.

Thats pretty straightforward. No way to cut your way around it. Ben Carson blatantly said that a right to own a semi-automatic firearm should be determined by where you live.

Again, I know Carson has evolved on the issue. I know his hardcore supporters have the talking points ready for cut and paste comments. But I want to hear Carson say the right to own a firearm shall not be infringed. No matter what kind of gun and no matter where you live.


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Furthermore, I would like to hear a candidate speak out against the idea that different states have different laws, many of which are in violation of the 2nd Amendment. For example, as a man with a Virginia Drivers License and a Virginia Concealed Carry permit, Im not allowed to have a firearm in the state of Illinois for more than 24 hours. And even then I must prove Im in transit and not intending to be in Illinois for more than 24 hours.

How is this not a violation of my rights? Either I can keep and bear arms or I cant. And if youre not an Illinois resident, you cannot carry a firearm in Illinois.

Will Carson come out as a fighter and advocate for the 2nd Amendment in this way? Probably not. Has he tried to backtrack his earlier position? Yes. But I still feel he needs to do more to convince us hes going to stand in our corner when the gun grabbers come calling.

If he can do that, he just might have my vote.