Today is pander to the National Rifle Association day, as both Romney and Gingrich (who, for some reason, has not quit the race yet) gave speeches to the gun-toting defenders of the Second Amendment. The “severely conversative” Romney tried to distance himself from “1990s moderate Romney” because Moderate Romney quite liked gun-control measures; Moderate Romney was a fan of the Brady bill and the weapons assault ban.
The new Severely Conservative version of Romney knows he has some backpedaling to do, and today he gave it the old college try. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland thinks it isn’t good enough:
When it comes to gun rights, Mitt Romney is anything but a straight shooter. And when the presumptive Republican nominee speaks to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on Friday, he’s going to have a tough time explaining a Second Amendment record that’s more scattered than buckshot pellets.
I know a real sportsman when I see one. My eight siblings and I grew up in rural Scioto County, Ohio, where hunting and fishing were our heritage, passed from generation to generation. Throughout my service as a congressman and governor, I supported sportsmen, in both my lifestyle and legislation. I’ve been an unwavering supporter of citizens’ Second Amendment rights and recreational opportunities – I even extended them in Ohio – and I’ve fought against every effort to weaken them.
Romney is hardly a consistent Second Amendment defender, or a lifelong sportsman, or a longtime gun owner. But that’s not the worst part. The worst part is that he pretends to be all these things, —pandering shamelessly to voters just as he does on every issue under the sun.
When Romney against Ted Kennedy ran for Senate in Massachusetts on a platform of gun-control measures like the Brady Bill and assault-weapons ban, he asserted, “I don’t line up with the NRA.”
Now he’s going to stand before that same group and — with a straight face – tell its members that he’s one of them. That dog won’t hunt, as the saying goes.
The entire article is worth reading if only for the money quote: “Leave it to Mitt Romney to shoot himself in the foot with a gun he doesn’t own.” Perfect.
Newton Leroy Gingrich, for his part, decided to go the distance during his speech to the NRA, making wild claims about arming everyone on the planet and proposing a UN treaty that would make gun ownership a universal human right:
Desperate for attention and trying to get back into a conversation that has passed him by, the still-technically-running candidate said he will submit a treaty to the United Nations that would make the right to bear arms a universal human right.
“Far fewer women would be raped. Far fewer children would be killed…and far fewer dictators would survive if people had the right to bear arms everywhere on the planet,” Gingrich said, earning a standing ovation from a crowd of thousands. “We should say the second amendment is an amendment for all mankind.”
Right, Newt. Fewer children would be killed. I’m sure the family of Trayvon Martin would agree. As for his claim that far fewer women would be raped? No. Most people who have been raped knew their rapist. It’s not a problem that can be solved by arming women to the teeth.
Moreover, it’s telling that Gingrich’s global solution is “lock and load.” Forget about healthcare as a universal human right. Forget about gender equality as a human right. Guns are the answer. And the biggest global threat — climate change? No sweat! Just put a gun to Mother Nature’s head and tell her to cool the fuck down.
Honestly, I just can’t with this people.