Carson: Losing Gun Rights Is More ‘Devastating’ Than Bullet-Ravaged Body

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during a news conference about healthcare issues, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Monday in a Q&A on Facebook that he had not seen a body with bullet holes “more devastating” than it would be to take away the right to bear arms.

On Facebook, a commenter Carson identified as Dan, asked the doctor whether his stance on gun rights had wavered following the community college mass shooting in Oregon.

“He wants to know if the tragedy has altered my position as a supporter of the Second Amendment,” Carson wrote.

Noting that he had grown up in “the slums of Detroit,” where he saw gun violence and, as a doctor, he had spent “many a night pulling bullets out of bodies,” Carson said, “There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking — but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”

Here’s Carson’s full Facebook post:

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