December 19, 2007
• More Zebra De-striping
(Hat Tip: Buckeye Firearms Association)In the immortal words of Groucho Marx, “Who are you going to believe, your eyes or me“? Gotta love these nouveau riche conservatives. Folks, believe your eyes. “Concealed”
- In answer to questions about whether he would sign an assault weapons ban, Romney said: “Just as the president said, he would have, he would have signed that bill if it came to his desk, and so would have I. And, and, and yet I also was pleased to have the support of the NRA when I ran for governor. I sought it, I seek it now. I’d love to have their support.”
Later in the interview, he added the following:
“I just talked about, about guns. I told you what my position was, and what I, what I did as governor; the fact that I received the endorsement of the NRA.”
He was never endorsed by the NRA, and didn’t have their official support during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign. The NRA declined to endorse in that race, as was acknowledged by Romney’s spokesman this morning.
“The NRA did not endorse in the 2002 campaign,” said spokesman Kevin Madden, when asked about Romney’s comments.
Romney has always been a vocal supporter of gun control. In 1994, when expressing his support for the failed (and now-defunct) Clinton Gun Ban to the Boston Herald, Romney said “that’s not going to make me the hero of the NRA.” At another campaign stop that year, he told reporters: “I don’t line up with the NRA.”
The Post notes that Romney, as a U.S. Senate candidate in 1996, was in favor of several gun control measures.
And gun rights was an issue during his gubernatorial race in 2002. The following video clip shows how he answered his pro-Second Amendment critics, upset over Romney’s support for a Massachusetts assault weapons ban, one of the nation’s toughest gun control laws:
Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani want us to believe that they just coincidentally figured out the importance of the Second Amendment at the exact time they were deciding to run for President. But do they honestly think their election-year conversions will work on us any better than did John Kerry’s Ohio goose hunting debacle in 2004? If Romney is willing to conjure up an NRA endorsement that never happened, there is no reason to think we won’t next be treated to video of him sporting a fake southern drawl and saying “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?”
Gun owners are far more intelligent than Romney and Giuliani give them credit for. Both men have (anti-gun) records, which can be easily verified with a few clicks on a search engine.
Gun owners know the difference between true supporters of the Second Amendment and politicians that are looking for a one-night stand. We aren’t suddenly going to get in bed with Mitt just because he decided to join the NRA while preparing for a Presidential run, or believe him when he invents an endorsement that never happened, so someone should advise him to quit the cheesy pick-up lines.
Chad Baus is a Member of the Fulton County, OH Republican Central Committee and the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman and Northwest Ohio Chair