Mitt Romney– 2nd Amendment foe and gun rights hypocrite

by Doug Book,  staff writer

In 2006, as Mitt Romney began his run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he purchased a lifetime membership in the NRA. Responding to those who asked about his sudden support for the organization, Romney declared, “I’m after the NRA’s endorsement. …If I’m going to ask for their endorsement, they’re going to ask for mine.” (1)

It has been well documented that Mitt Romney has been on both sides of virtually every issue since his battle with John McCain for the 2008 nomination first began. So the fact that he spent a few hundred bucks in hopes of conning the NRA into providing coveted support isn’t surprising.

And naturally that wanton hypocrisy and contempt for the intelligence of the American people has reached into the 2012 campaign.

But just this week, the “book” on Mitt Romney was published online, consisting of the opposition research information gathered on the New England liberal by the 2008 McCain campaign.

And the information contained in this 200 page file concerning Mitt Romney’s history on gun rights and the 2nd Amendment will hardly endear him to the Republican base. (2)

For example, in the 1994 Senate race, Romney backed the Brady bill and the Clinton assault weapons ban. And 10 years later as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban in the state. “Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” he said at the bill signing. “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.”  (3)

Could there be a more perfect example of the anti-gun rights drivel which leftists are pleased to spew at every available opportunity?  After all, neither the Founders nor the 2nd amendment speak of specific “acceptable” uses of firearms. But anti-gun forces are famous for the nonsensical and irrelevant “they aren’t used by hunters” argument to maintain that certain guns must be withheld from public ownership.

In 2002, as he ran for governor, “Romney praised Massachusetts’ tough gun laws, [and vowed] not to ‘chip away at them…’ ”   “We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them,” he said during a debate with his opponent for the office. “I believe they protect us and provide for our safety.” (1)  

From his positions on abortion rights to homosexual marriage, Romney has flip-flopped to suit the “market” and the times. But a Romney nomination and subsequent victory in November would place him in position to make the next Supreme Court nomination. And should he choose yet another liberal willing to trample the God given, natural rights of the American people to keep and bear arms, the result for this nation could be disastrous. For in the face of a Court ruling making the private ownership of guns illegal, millions would stand up in defense of their right to keep and bear arms.  And if necessary, they—WE—would do it with those arms at the ready.

Mitt Romney is a gold-plated phony. He must not be permitted to inflict on the nation the damage he was so pleased to inflict on the state of Massachusetts.

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