This is the first in a series of issues that define Mitt Romney’s political stances that seem to accommodate change like the direction of the wind. When someone says and does anything to go with the wind, then you doubt if they have the character necessary to seek the highest office in the United States of America.
Mitt Romney, seems no different than Barack Obama when it comes to the issue of gun control. However, Mitt Romney seems so bent on not trying to have anything in common with the president that he will go to great lengths to marry a position on guns he never had. He has basically disavowed the policy he favored when he was governor of Massachusetts.
In 2004, then Governor Mitt Romney said “I believe the people should have the right to bear arms, but I don’t believe that we have to have assault weapons as part of our arsenal.” In looking at the second amendment, I think any citizen should have no issues here with this. Handguns, shot guns, and hunting rifles are all weapons that any average citizens can and should have. M-16s, AK 47s, Uzis and other automatic assault weapons just don’t belong on city streets.
The NRA will tell you that by banning assault weapons, the government is infringing upon 2nd amendment rights. However, Mitt Romney had this right. There is no reason why military grade weapons should be in the hands of average citizens. They belong in one place only, and that is the men and women in uniform. 2012, Mitt Romney decides to go give a speech to the NRA to shore up their support. The NRA I am sure does not trust Romney, and I am sure his opponents do not trust him as well.
“I believe the people should have the right to bear arms, but I don’t believe that we have to have assault weapons as part of our personal arsenal.” – Mitt Romney 2004
The Brady Bill in particular that Mitt Romney now says is irrelevant and not needed should indeed be law. Automatic Assault Weapons should not be common place. Mitt Romney once was a strong champion of the Brady Bill, but now he has had a change of heart, because of course he is running for president. Conservatives and Republicans think he is suspect for good reason, because this guy does not have any backbone politically.
When it comes to gun laws, Mitt Romney favors/favored the Brady Bill in MA, one could conclude because it was a liberal state. However in seeking and ultimately getting the Republican nomination for president, he is no longer in favor of the Brady Bill, because of course that contradicts the GOP platform.
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