Ben Carson is definitely running for President

He's trying to walk back statements he made about guns that suggested he might favor a ban on semi-automatic firearms in urban areas. I appreciate that he's making the effort to walk them back, but disappointed that he has to walk them back in the first place. That said, whoever he has perched on his shoulder encouraging him to run for president has finally gotten the wording right:

Carson said that “under no circumstances” would he “allow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen's rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves.”

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 “automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.”

I hope that these statements are the result of someone close to him having a series of deep, philosophical discussions on the issue, and not a pollster feeding words into his mouth. I am not reassured by the fact that this article appears in the Bloomberg news service. If anyone might be willing and able to fund a stealth Republican gun control candidate for President, Bloomberg is at the top of the list.

With that in mind, I'll be following what Carson does in the leadup to 2016 with interest.

UPDATE: Looks like Carson may have misstepped again while commenting on Ferguson.

This entry was published Mon Nov 24 11:16:24 CST 2014 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2014-11-26 03:17:51.0. [Tweet]

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