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It's been a while since we've heard from Ben Carson, hasn't it? For good reason.

While it's still not clear if Ben Carson loves or hates ISIS, it is clear that he has all the answers.

The key to stopping ISIS or any other enemy invader, he says, is to give everyone a gun.

CARSON: "Actually, as I’ve stated, that was expressed with the wrong emphasis. Because I don’t have any problem with any American having any weapon that they can legally have, that’s what the Second Amendment is for and that’s what it talks about. What I was referring to all the carnage I’ve seen and all the operating that I’ve seen that’s been caused by those weapons falling in the wrong hands. But I subsequently had multiple conversations with the NRA leadership and a lot of people who knew a lot more about it than I did and I tried to make it very clear to people that the second amendment is there for a very important reason.

Number one, to make sure that the citizens could assist the military in case of invasion, and to think that that is farfetched, all you have to do is go to the Middle East and see some of the things that are happening there. I have a friend who is a missionary doctor, called me two weeks ago quite distressed, he was over in Iraq, went back to one of the villages that they had helped in before and it was desolate, ISIS had gotten there before them, killed all the men, taken the women captive, I mean, if those people had the ability to defend themselves maybe that wouldn’t have happened. To think that we are completely isolated from that I think is silly, particularly knowing that there are cells in this country right now."

Considering that Iraq and the Middle East are awash in guns provided to them mostly by us, I just don't think even more guns is the answer.

Furthermore, this isn't 1776. It's 2015. A modern military has significantly more advanced and powerful weapons (not to mention these magical flying machines) than the semi-automatic AR-15 that Carson and his friends in the NRA want to dole out to every single person. Carson appears to be implying that an invasion of America would resemble the encroachment of ISIS which is more or less an army composed of civilian volunteers using ramshackle equipment. ISIS is not a professional military and, until recent months, they had no stern opposition.

If there actually was an invasion of America (by who?) I doubt the American military would want a bunch of untrained civilians armed with Wal-Mart rifles getting in the way. No, they would want you to visit a recruiting center.

If Ben Carson is aware of secret ISIS cells operating in America today, that seems like something he should probably contact the proper authorities about. Carson wouldn't make a claim like that without specific knowledge of a cell, right?

  • Draxiar

    “…this isn’t 1776. It’s 2015”

    How fun it must be for 2Aers to completely disregard historical context. Must be why they love them some 1st Testament as well.

  • nathkatun7

    Obviously, the good Doctor has lost his mind. The fact that he may have been a good neurosurgeon in the past doesn’t mean that he still has all his senses today. The best and the brightest are not immune from mental illness.

  • Lady Willpower

    Dr. Ben continues to be the world’s dumbest smart guy, don’t he?

  • Karl__Hungus

    “Number one, to make sure that the citizens could assist the military in case of invasion, and to think that that is farfetched, all you have to do is go to the Middle East and see some of the things that are happening there”

    Yes, because it is perfectly rational to think that the things happening in Yemen and Syria could happen in Kansas or Missouri.

  • muselet

    Oh, good grief.

    Da’esh has neither the capacity nor the intention to attack the US. It’s fighting the “near enemy” and letting others worry about the “far enemy,” because its aim is to consolidate the Muslim world into a caliphate run by its chosen medievalist loony. It has no “cells” anywhere, not even the Middle East, because it does not function as a terrorist organization. Da’esh is not a direct threat to the US and barely registers as a potential threat, but it’s a convenient bogeyman for Righty demagogues like Ben Carson.

    Also, this is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time:

    It was Thomas Hobbes, the English philosopher of the 17th century when talking about tyranny in Europe, he said it would never occur in America because American citizens have guns and they won’t let it happen.

    Carson even had Hobbes’s century right and still screwed up. As Right Wing Watch said, “Hobbes, of course died in 1679, a century before the U.S. was established[.]”

    Charlie Pierce’s theory that Ben Carson became a great neurosurgeon by practicing on himself is looking more and more likely.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      Ben Carson became a great neurosurgeon by practicing on himself

      And that is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time.

    • Karl__Hungus

      That brain isn’t going to lobotomize itself.

  • Nefercat

    “It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Ben Carson, hasn’t it? For good reason.”
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    Snort. So few words but they actually make a complete article in just one sentence.