TheBlaze punditress Dana Loesch calls the Second Amendment a “deal breaker” when it comes to presidential candidates, such as potential, possible, maybe, “very likely,” candidate Ben Carson. Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and Seventh-Day Adventist who has risen rapidly among conservatives after admirable comments at the National Prayer Breakfast in the face of Obama, has been gradually puffed as a favorite for national leadership by a strongly-funded national committee and alternative conservative news outlets.
But Loesch won’t have it. She writes,
Conservatives’s biggest liability right now is the desperate desire for the next Reagan and the willingness to compromise. I can’t support Carson because of his waffling on the Second Amendment, which is a deal breaker for me — and should be as well for any conservative who stands for natural rights.
She relates an exchange that occurred with Glenn Beck:
BECK: Do I have the right to own a semiautomatic weapon?
CARSON: It depsnds on where you live. I think 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.
Loesch blasted this socially-contrived view as “completely antithetical” to the text and intent of the Constitution. She argues that Carson did not make his case much better when asked to clarify. He did give the requisite nod expected by conservatives, saying “I am a very strong believer in the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment is there for a very good reason. . . .” But Loesch relates that his qualification of what should be an inviolate “natural right” takes cues from the anti-gun left. She writes,
He then invokes Piers Morgan’s tank argument as an example of restrictions. He added:
“You do need to have a discussion about how we deal with situations where there is a tremendous amount of crime and easy access to the kinds of weapons that can create a lot of damage quickly. But that needs to be done in context of always preserving Second Amendment rights.”
Loesch is more than unmoved by this talk—she is downright suspicious of it: “We need to have a discussion on how we deal with easy access to weapons that ‘create a lot of damage quickly?’ Sorry, but this sounds vague and seems like he’s trying to say ‘assault weapon’ without risking penalty in the conservative sphere for borrowing Bloomberg/Feinstein language.”
With headlines and email blasts demanding “Run, Ben, Run,” it seems Loesch would have a little twist for the mantra: Run, Ben, run away.