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Ben Carson went on MSNBC on behalf of the Trump campaign to discuss the Democrats’ push to pass gun control legislation. Carson, attempting to strike a moderate tone, suggested that both sides of the debate are too locked into their beliefs and that true progress cannot be made unless we come together.

“Let’s put on the table: what is the reason for the Second Amendment? And is there a reason that we need to change those things right now? And let’s put the data on the table and let’s talk about like intelligent people, rather than getting in our respective corners and hurling insults at each other,” Carson said.

The statement is preposterous — our basic rights are not things that should be put on the table. This government was instituted among the people to protect our natural rights; it has no authority to negotiate them away. Is Carson too timid to assert our rights on liberal MSNBC or does he really believe that the Second Amendment is negotiable?

Related: Donald Trump Just Flipped on Guns

We absolutely should not entertain the notion of compromise on our fundamental rights. Even sitting down to have that conversation gives too much legitimacy to those who would reduce us to serfs living under rulers.

Is this Carson’s committing a stupid gaffe, or is this indicative of the Trump campaign’s views on the issue?

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About The Author

Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell is the Editor-in-Chief of The Libertarian Republic, a professional political commentator, journalist, and forthcoming author. He has been published internationally, including many popular right wing sites. As a researcher, Keith has worked with Steve Forbes on his latest book, and contributed educational funding research to The Yankee Institute of Public Policy. Keith is also founder of Spirits of '76, a non profit organization which has clothed and fed thousands of people in need in CT and RI.

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