Romney Is Interviewed by the NRA and Gives Very Interesting Answers
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The Daily Caller has published an interview between Mitt Romney and the NRA’s Chris Cox.
In the interview Romney says he is against any new legislation that would limit the rights of gun owners, says he supports national reciprocity for carry permits, and says he will nominate officials who believe in the Second Amendment at an individual level.
Everything Romney is saying points to him being one of the most pro gun presidential candidates in recent years. This all sounds great except during his time as governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed the only permanent assault weapons ban in the country into law, making Mass one of the worst states in the country in regards to gun rights. Romney also supported the Brady Bill during his 1994 senate run.
From Wikipedia: While campaigning to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate in 1994, Romney supported the Brady Bill, which imposed a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and a ban on particular semi-automatic rifles. He said at the time, “That’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA. I don’t line up with the NRA.”
In 2002, during his campaign for the governorship, Romney said: “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them. I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”
As governor of Massachusetts, in 2004 Romney signed a measure permanently extending a statewide ban on military-style assault weapons, such as AK-47’s and Uzi’s. At the bill-signing ceremony Romney said, “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts…. These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” Proponents of the state semi-automatic assault weapons ban had argued that its passage was necessary because a similar ban at the federal level was also expiring.
We can only hope that if elected, Romney will do as he says now and not as he’s done in the past.
Look out for a full review and break down of all of the presidential candidates on the issue of gun rights in the next month.
Full link to the interview at the bottom of this post.