It’s certainly no surprise that the National Rifle Association is endorsing the Republican candidate for president. But it might be a surprise that the candidate they endorse signed a permanent ban on assault weapons when he was governor of Massachusetts.
“As the Supreme Court has recently reaffirmed, the Second Amendment protects a basic and fundamental individual right—the right to bear arms,” said Mitt Romney, via press release. “And it is the NRA that protects the Second Amendment. I am proud to have their support for my candidacy, and when I am president, I will do all in my power to defend and protect the right of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms.”
Hmmm. What did the etch-a-sketch say in 2004, when he signed the bill that made the ban on assault weapons permanent?
“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates. “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.”
And what did the NRA’s Massachusetts state affiliate, Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), say at the time? They issued a press release entitled “Firearm Reform Bill Signed, Romney Takes Opportunity to Betray Gun Owners.”
On July 1, 2004 , Governor Mitt Romney signed into law one of the greatest of reforms to Massachusetts gun laws in recent history. In what should have been a day of celebration for GOAL and its members, the Romney administration took a major shot at lawful gun owners and showed their true colors…
When asked by a reporter if he supported the renewal of the federal “assault weapons” ban and if he had spoken to the senators about it, Governor Romney replied that it was not really his job to lobby on federal legislation, but that he shared Senator Kerry’s and Senator Kennedy’s position on the issue!
Lather, rinse, repeat.