In what has become a controversial response to a question his campaign received, Dr. Ben Carson shared a decisive stance in favor of the Second Amendment. Carson solicits emails from members of the public with questions for him, choosing some to answer publicly via social media.
One such individual wondered if the recent Oregon mass shooting had any impact on Carson’s support of legal gun ownership. Despite having been affected personally by gun violence, however, he said he remains committed to preserving the fundamental right to bear arms.
“I saw plenty of gun violence as a child,” he wrote. “Both of my cousins were killed on the streets.”
Later, as a surgeon, he noted that he witnessed the devastation such weapons can inflict.
“There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking,” he acknowledged, “– but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
He went on to excoriate leftist activists for politicizing this and other tragedies; however, it was his reference to bullet holes that evoked the wrath of many political detractors.
Ben Carson, psychopath: “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”
— jennifer c lena (@WITWhat) October 6, 2015
Jen Hayden, writing for the left-leaning Daily Kos, insisted that Carson — and all GOP presidential candidates — “continue[s] to hide behind an antiquated and often misunderstood Second Amendment,” which she presented as “the definition of cowardice.”
While a number of gun control activists panned Carson’s remark, his impassioned defense of American rights resonated with many others.
“I love that Dr. Ben speaks softly with the language of a gentleman,” one Facebook user wrote, “yet has an iron will and means what he says.”