Mitt Romney and Gun Control

Mitt Romney and Gun Control

Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of America

Washington, DC –-( In the recent Presidential debate, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann said America’s voters did not need to “settle” for the moderate candidate. Amen to that.

And gun owners do NOT want candidates who talk out of both sides of their mouths.

As the Gun Owners of America’s Board of Directors looks at the Republican candidates running to unseat radical anti-gun President Obama, we see several who have strong pro-gun backgrounds.

Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman all have solid pro-gun records and deserve a hard look from pro-gunners.

At least one frontrunner candidate stands in contrast with a decidedly mixed record on the gun issue. While Mitt Romney likes to “talk the pro-gun talk,” he has not always walked the walk.

“The Second Amendment protects the individual right of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms. I strongly support this essential freedom,” Romney assures gun owners these days.

But this is the same Mitt Romney who, as governor, promised not to do anything to “chip away” at Massachusetts’ extremely restrictive gun laws.

“We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,” he said during a gubernatorial debate. “I won’t chip away at them; I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.”

Even worse, Romney signed a law to permanently ban many semi-automatic firearms.

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said in 2004. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Romney also spoke in favor of the Brady law’s five day waiting period on handguns. The Boston Globe quotes Romney saying, “I don’t think (the waiting period) will have a massive effect on crime but I think it will have a positive effect.”

Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to understand the meaning of “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”

And that makes it all the more troubling that Romney refuses to answer GOA’s simple candidate questionnaire. In our more than 36 years of experience, a candidate is usually hiding anti-gun views if he or she refuses to come clean in writing with specific commitments to the Second Amendment.

Today, Romney may be a favorite “Republican Establishment” candidate of the national press corps. But that is exactly what gun owners DON’T need in a new President.

We need someone who will stand by true constitutional principles and protect the Second Amendment.

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Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue. `The only no comprise gun lobby in Washington’ – Ron Paul

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Ron Paul is not against Israel. He just wants to stop trying to police the world. He does not want to send military into any foreign countries. Fighting wars everywhere just gets America more and more in debt and gets more Americans killed. He supports being friendly to other nations, not meddling everywhere in the world. He respects other nations enough to not stick our noses in everyone's business.

Capt Cook

HOGWASH!!!!! I wouldn't trust him as far as I can throw him!!

He would back any anti-gun bill & justify it with some "Feel Good" bullcrap!!!!!!



Romney…..jury still out

Paul…..let's throw Israel under the bus….NO

Any others?


Ron Paul has introduced legislation to REPEAL gun control laws.

Can that be said for any other GOP candidate?


Not the best but I am certainly 100% against Rick Perry.


Rommney is just another RINO. He would sign another semi-auto ban based on the firearm looks and in Mass. where he was Governor they have highly restrictive gun laws He supported them all. When a cadidate says he supports the Second Amendment "but" you can write him or her off as a 2nd Amendment bigot.


Rick Perry is not pro-gun. He repeatedly refused to answer the GOA survey on supporting gun rights and the 2nd Amendment.