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Carson: Gun Rights Could Have Stopped Hitler

 

By    |   Friday, 09 Oct 2015 08:34 AM

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson says that if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime, Adolf Hitler's mass murder of Jews "would have been greatly diminished."

Carson, who explores the topic of gun control in Nazi Germany in his new book, "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties," made the statement Thursday in response to questions in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday.

"If there had been no gun control laws in Europe at that time, would 6 million Jews have been slaughtered?" Blitzer asked the retired neurosurgeon.

"I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed," Carson responded. "I'm telling you that there is a reason that these dictatorial people take the guns first."

Despite being second in the polls and having a higher favorability rating than front-runner Donald Trump, Carson has recently come under fire for his comments on gun control after last week's tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College. Carson said that he would "not just stand there and let [a lone gunman] shoot me."

The Washington Post notes that Carson has criticized the media for taking his comments out of context, but this hasn't stopped him from talking about the issues.

Many residents of the small Oregon town have called Carson's remarks insensitive and complained that President Barack Obama politicized the tragic event when he criticized Congress for not taking up gun control.

Carson, however, clarified that his comments on gun control are not meant to criticize the victims in the recent tragedy, but rather to speak to potential victims of future incidents.

"I'm not complaining about any of the victims," he said on CNN. "I'm trying to plant the seed because this may not be the last time this occurs. And if it occurs again and there's a bunch of people, they might start thinking, you know what, we're not going to just take this. And that's one of the things that was learned from Flight 93 on 9/11."

Armstrong Williams, a close adviser to Carson, said the media's criticism of the candidate's comments have been "a blessing." He said that by keeping Carson's name in the news, it "helps our story get out."

"For Dr. Carson this is a new language, a new culture," Williams said. "They care about intent. I think people understand what Dr. Carson is trying to say."

The most recent Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that 45 percent of respondents held a favorable view of Carson, while 27 percent had an unfavorable view, the Post reports.  In comparison, Trump held a 35 percent favorable rating and a 60 percent unfavorable rating.

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