Mitt Romney sat down on Friday with Townhall.com to discuss his views on just about everything. In between talk on abortion and the Iraq war, Romney was asked about gun control and his views on the Second Amendment. This is a new hot issue in the wake of the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Romney reiterated his stance that of “let[ting] individual states and communities decide what they think is best.” But then he waxes poetic on the rights of gun owners:
I realize people will always take the occasion of a major news event to push their agenda. There are people in this country who fundamentally believe that people in our country should not be allowed to have guns. They’re wrong. The Second Amendment protects the rights of individual citizens to bear arms to protect themselves, and I will defend the Second Amendment. I think efforts to politicize this tragedy are mistaken and misdirected.
He continues to say;
But, look, we’ve gotta fundamentally recognize the need to protect the right to bear arms and the fact that there are people who are trying to remove that right inch by inch, and we’re gonna have to defend against that.
The problem is that Governor Mitt Romney was one of those people trying to incrementally take away gun owner’s rights in 2004 when he signed into Massachusetts law a permanent assault weapons ban.
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.
The ban prohibits such guns as the AK-47, the UZI and the Mac-10. Now I don’t want to get bogged down in a bad joke about whether Mitt Romney is or is not a hunter, but like so many other things about his candidacy, his views on gun control remain fairly unclear.