A call for vigilance

With surgical precision, famed doctor destroys gun-control argument

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Dr. Ben Carson probably is too smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful to ever be president in this day and age. For reasons known only to the masses, the American electorate seems to prefer sarcasm, snark and shrill simplicity from their national politicians.

But in a column for The Washington Times this week, the famed neurosurgeon surgically eviscerates the mindless drumbeat for gun control that erupts with the precision of Old Faithful after most national shooting stories.

Indeed, after a particularly bloody Easter weekend in Chicago, the knee-jerk reaction was for more gun control. The truth is, it was a bloody Easter in what some are now calling “Chiraq.” But after the first quarter of this year, officials had trumpeted the lowest murder rate in the Windy City since the 1950s, and six straight quarters of decline.

And that’s after Illinois became the last state to legalize concealed weapons.

That’s more legal guns, yet less gun violence.

Dr. Carson makes an erudite and devastating case for legal gun ownership, noting that an armed citizenry may have prevented an overbearing federal government from escalating a confrontation with the Bundy family of ranchers in Nevada.

If nothing else, the federal government is guilty of wanton hypocrisy – as Dr. Carson notes, going after an American rancher with armed agents while embracing illegal immigration, and calling Mr. Bundy’s supporters “domestic terrorists” when the Obama administration won’t even say the same about radical Muslim Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who killed 13 and injured 30 comrades at Fort Hood.

An armed citizenry, as Dr. Carson points out, is absolutely essential to protect us from the whims of sometimes capricious overlords.

“The massive show of federal force in the Bundy case,” Carson writes, “is frightening because it gives us a brief glimpse of the totalitarian regime that awaits a sleeping populace that does not take seriously its voting responsibilities, and places in public office (those) who do not represent traditional American values.”

While lauding the restraint federal agents showed in the face of the armed Bundy supporters, Carson reminds us that, “The Second Amendment was crafted by wise citizens who recognized how quickly an enemy invasion could occur or how our own government could be deceived into thinking it had the right to dominate the people.

“Such domination is considerably more difficult when people have arms and can put up significant resistance. This is the reason that brutal dictators like Fidel Castro, Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin tried to disarm the populace before imposing governmental control. Such domination could occur in America in the not-too-distant future if we are not vigilant.”

He makes absolute sense. And it makes no sense to respond to criminal gun use by going after law-abiding gun owners.

Chicago weatherman Paul Konrad put it succinctly in a comment on Twitter:

“44 Shot this Easter weekend with 8 murders. Seems to me that the problem isn’t guns as the media and politicians claim. Seems like there is a problem with values and morals ...”

He’s absolutely right.

But it’s not a problem you can get at by seizing guns, as former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending $50 million to do.

Rather, what we need is smart, soft-spoken and thoughtful people in positions of leadership.

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carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 03:24 am
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Dr Carson has more wisdom in

Dr Carson has more wisdom in one finger than 90% of Washington DC has in it's combined intellect!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/25/14 - 04:58 am
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Agree

I agree with Dr. Carson. It also stuck me a while back how the 2nd Amendment prevented the feds from attacking the ranchers. That was the wisdom of the writers of the Constitution protecting us from a tyrannical government over 200 years later.

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karradur 04/25/14 - 06:35 am
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Cliven Bundy is the same man that said this:

"“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, “and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids—and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch—they didn’t have nothing to do. They didn’t have nothing for their kids to do. They didn’t have nothing for their young girls to do.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”"

But don't let that stop you, Republicans.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/25/14 - 06:56 am
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Democrats, It's A Slippery Slope

Karradur, because Cliven Bundy is an idiot, it doesn't mean stopping excessive force by the feds is wrong. Of course Democrats see nothing wrong with hundreds of feds lining up aiming rifles at people and having dogs snap at them.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/25/14 - 07:22 am
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Carson knows neurosurgery.
Unpublished

Carson knows neurosurgery. Beyond that, he's a buffoon. The far right continues to search for "The Great Black Hope". They've tried Alan Keyes and Herman Caine only to find that they're both crazier that outhouse rats. They tried Colin Powell only to find that he had scruples and wouldn't walk goose step in far right purity and would say and do what was right when needed. Now they have Carson. A talented surgeon, and only a talented surgeon. Nice to know the Moonies think enough of his opinions to print his editorials, and the Chronicle thinks enough of the Moonies to rely on their paper as their source.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 07:27 am
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Bod, I have listened to

Bod, I have listened to Carson's speechs a lot smarter than Obumbler and is 57 states, Corpseman indeed.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/25/14 - 07:37 am
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ignore the crime from big cities with Democrat mayors

and America is a very safe country
but there is a strong correlation between big democrat cities
and crime
the correlation is so strong, there must be a measure
of causation
democrats and crime...

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/25/14 - 07:39 am
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bod are you saying that because he's black?

ain't gonna let him in the big house, huh?
some diversity training, perhaps, would help
next you'll be demeaning Clarence Thomas

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 07:54 am
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Ben Carson has more

Ben Carson has more accomplishments in his life than Obama could dream of, after all Carson is a successful neuro surgeon , oh wait Obama is a successful lier!

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localguy55 04/25/14 - 08:18 am
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Ben Carson does have a job

Ben Carson does have a job that takes extreme skill and has a benefit to this country; unlike that community organizer who until now, never had a real job in his life.

There is a clear battle in this country, collectivism vs. individualism. It was individual achievement that built this country and no collectivist can point to any comparative achievement in the country by their side.

I guess they could look to North Korea, Cuba, or perhaps the former Soviet Union as achievements. YUK.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/25/14 - 08:18 am
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Because He's Black

Bod doesn't like Dr. Carson because he's black. I almost sound like an MSNBC anchor. Just change the name.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 08:41 am
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What does prosecuting Mr.

What does prosecuting Mr. Bundy have to do with illegal immigrants?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 08:43 am
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local guy, in your mind,

local guy, in your mind, being a college professor in a prestigious university isn't a real job in your mind?

Interesting concept.

Quit believing all the nutcase blogs with their lies, do the research. People look very foolish when they repeat the lies that they have read over the Internet.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 09:01 am
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Obama was never a professor(

Obama was never a professor( unlike Carson who lectured and taught). Obama was a lecturer who presented material to various classes. University of Chicago said they "considered " him a professor. LOL another liberal myth. Obama has even lied about being a professor imagine that.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 09:06 am
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Now Ben Carson was actually a

Now Ben Carson was actually a bonofied Professor of Neuro Sugery. I have lectured at the graduate level and taught graduate level students but can not consider my self a professor, the title carries various requirents which Obama hasn't achieved.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 09:09 am
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People look foolish when the

People look foolish when the believe various nut case blogs LOL

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Pond Life 04/25/14 - 09:11 am
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Thank you Bod for doing
Unpublished

Thank you Bod for doing NOTHING but name calling of those you disagree with. How so very typical of your posts. I would ask you to back up your wild accusations, but we all know that you will not....you never have before. Just hit and run.

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Pond Life 04/25/14 - 09:12 am
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Car....don't present facts.
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Car....don't present facts. You see how presenting facts worked yesterday when it was demonstrated that Lincoln was NOT a liberal.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/25/14 - 09:28 am
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Pond life ,And Reagan didn't

Pond life ,And Reagan didn't shut down mental hospitals.

karradur
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karradur 04/25/14 - 09:30 am
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@carcraft

"Now Ben Carson was actually a bonofied Professor of Neuro Sugery. I have lectured at the graduate level and taught graduate level students but can not consider my self a professor, the title carries various requirents which Obama hasn't achieved."

Such as spelling the words "bona fide", "neurosurgery", "myself", and "requirements" correctly?

historylover
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historylover 04/25/14 - 09:36 am
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Cliven Bundy

Will you people never admit when you are wrong? I've been following your comments for a couple of years now. First you all accuse Bod of being Black by his comments, now you are trying to make him a racist. Well which is it folks? Seems that is the problem with most of your comments. They lack facts and continuity.

As for Cliven Bundy, how can anyone, including the ACES continue to mention his name with any seriousness. He is an idiot, a thief and a racist. Why would you put your cart behind such a broken horse?

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edcushman 04/25/14 - 10:04 am
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"People look very foolish
Unpublished

"People look very foolish when they repeat the lies that they have read over the Internet."
corgimom, I agree the liberals do it quite lot.

karradur
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karradur 04/25/14 - 10:09 am
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Meanwhile...

…Republicans (I hesitate to use the word "conservatives" because that's insulting to actual conservatives) just keep using the Cliven Bundy Gambit.

Not familiar with the Cliven Bundy Gambit? Oh, it's very simple.

1. Break the law.

2. Blame "the Negro".

karradur
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karradur 04/25/14 - 10:11 am
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It's a good thing Cliven Bundy is white.

Otherwise, if he was, for example, a Mexican migrant worker, then it would be NOT OKAY to break federal law.

You see, federal law is flexible like that!

karradur
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karradur 04/25/14 - 10:12 am
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Don't forget...

…Cliven Bundy's "ancestral claim" is based on the fact that his ancestor was a Mormon polygamist.

But that's okay, the Mormons are white, so we don't mind!

historylover
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historylover 04/25/14 - 10:22 am
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edcushman

What lies are you referring to?

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Little Lamb 04/25/14 - 10:38 am
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Universal

Even idiots and racists have constitutional rights, or at least they should.

historylover
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historylover 04/25/14 - 10:44 am
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Cat got your tongue?

Seems none of the right wing thinkers on this site have anything to say in light of the truth being presented to them. Makes me darn proud to be a liberal!

historylover
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historylover 04/25/14 - 10:54 am
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Little Lamb

Constitutional rights yes. The right to disavow the federal government and not pay his debts, no.

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Bizkit 04/25/14 - 11:03 am
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Bundy broke no law being a

Bundy broke no law being a racist, although he is a con artist and a crook who needs to be jailed. Just like Obama is a racist who has always supported the black in popular culture issues like Travon, etc. If being a racist neutralizes any arguments with merit Obama has a problem. While Bundy is a criminal, because he like Obama ignores the rule of law, the people who support them are not. America allows freedom for racism like the New Black Panthers and the KKK, it allow the Communist Party USA, and it allow anti-christian or anti-homosexual groups and other groups that some would call "hateful". Freedom always has its costs.

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