Who’s Better on Guns and the Second Amendment? Newt or Romney?
Newt Gingrich in a speech to the NRA convention in April:
“The right to bear arms is not about hunting, it is not about target practice. The right to bear arms is a political right designed to safeguard freedom so that no government can take away from you the rights which God has given you and it was written by people who had spent their lifetime fighting the greatest empire in the world and they knew that if they had not had the right to bear arms they would have been enslaved and they did not want us to be enslaved, and that is why they guaranteed us the right to protect ourselves. It is a political right of the deepest importance to survival of freedom in America.”
Romney in 2007:
Romney seems to be trying to give the impression that he has been a lifelong hunter, of sorts. His campaign now acknowledges that he has hunted two times in his life, once when he was 15 and another time, last year. Given the chance he just talks about his hunting experience which he first exaggerates and then admits he has very little hunting experience. He never says anything that would indicate a heartfelt commitment to the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, for self defense and not just for hunting twice in 50 years.
It seems pretty clear that if the right to keep and bear arms is important to you, Romney is a risk.