Christian conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson is often mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate for 2016.
Carson recently tried to bolster his credibility with pro-gun advocates after telling Glenn Beck in Feb. 2013 that he supported limits on automatic weapons (video below).
“It depends on where you live,” Carson told Beck at the time. “If you live in the midst of a lot of people, and I’m afraid that that semi-automatic weapon is going to fall into the hands of a crazy person, I would rather you not have it.”
However, last Wednesday, Carson strongly pushed his support for guns to the point of "any kind of weapon."
During a phone call with supporters and reporters, Carson scolded people who quoted him correctly and expanded his position, noted Bloomberg News.
“There seemed to be group of people, I don't know exactly who they are, who seize upon one part of something that I said,” said Carson. “Sometimes people just hear one little thing and they don't hear anything else.”
“Perhaps I didn’t convey it appropriately,” added Carson. “I 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.”
Carson stated that he wouldn't “allow a bureaucrat to remove any law-abiding citizen's rights for any kind of weapon that they want to protect themselves" including “automatic weapons and semi-automatic weapons.”
When asked if he would allow convicted felons to own guns after they served their time in jail, Carson said it would “depend on what kind of criminal activity they were convicted for.”
“Is this somebody who is still considered a danger to society? If that's the case, they probably still should be in prison,” added Carson.
Carson recently told CBN that there is a “good chance” that he will run for president in 2016 because he feels "fingers" pulling on his collar.
“I feel fingers, but it's mostly me," said Carson. "I have to be sure and it’s part of my personality that says always look before you leap but don't leap before you have to.”
CBN noted, "Additionally, he and his wife Candy are dedicated followers of Jesus. They don’t hide their faith. They can’t. It’s at the core of who they are as people. Evangelical Christians will be attracted to how he doesn’t shy away from proclaiming Jesus as Lord."