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Morning Mix: When It Comes To Guns, Romney Shoots Himself In The Foot

Morning Mix: When It Comes To Guns, Romney Shoots Himself In The Foot

Things are still going rough for the former Massachusetts governor on the campaign trail. Despite his wins in Michigan and Arizona, he doesn’t seem to be gathering any real momentum.

And his half-hearted appeal to the gun activists isn’t helping things at all.

Prior to the primary, Rick Santorum’s campaign was robo-calling voters, telling them that Romney wasn’t as strong on gun rights as Santorum is. Now, Romney is trying to defuse that attack by discussing his own personal experience with firearms. In fact, he bought some just for the race. “I believe in the second amendment…Ill protect the second amendment. I have guns myself. Not going to tell you where they are. Dont have them on myself either, alright.”

Of course, many people are suggesting they know just where those guns are — probably with their real owner, his son Josh. “During a virtual debate with the Boston Globe in 2007 Romney said, ‘I have a gun of my own. I go hunting myself. Im a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,’ to which the interview corrected him, ‘Ah, excuse me, but isnt that son Joshs gun?’ Romney responded, ‘Um, well, yes, but so what? He has several guns out at our vacation place in Utah, and I use them from time to time.’

So, are these guns really real this time? According to Politico, Romney’s campaign confirms that he does own guns, but couldn’t say where they were purchased.

None of this controversy is likely to improve his standing with the Gun Owners of America. “We sent you a questionnaire not once, not twice but three times now. What did you send back? A form letter stating you are pro-Second Amendment with absolutely nothing to back up this laughable claim,” [Vice Chairman Tim] Macy wrote. “As Governor, you were proudly anti-Second Amendment, but as you have with most issues, you have now changed your stripes to spots.”

When it comes to trying to appeal to gun owners, it looks like Romney is still just shooting blanks.

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7:58PM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Someone broke into our home last year and had a gun he got illegally. I'm glad we had one to defend ourselves legally. Didn't need it, but I sure expect to be able to defend myself against someone else who has one and intends me harm. Gun control clearly does NOT keep it out of the hands of criminals.

10:34AM PST on Mar 4, 2012

Actually no owning a gun does not give anywhere near a 50% chance of a person killing themselves. Guns are safer then cars. On average 55% of gun deaths are suicides 45% are accidental or homicides. Of those a number are in defence of home and property.

So do you think it is better for a women to be raped and murdered then to use a gun to defend herself.

There are over 43,000 car deaths a year. So in fact it is more likely you will be killed by a car then by a gun. Also many gun deaths are related to being in bars drunk.

In switzerland 90% of the people own guns and they have percentage wise less gun deaths then here. The problem is not with the guns but with people.

10:45AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

Percy,

I don’t need to defend myself for anything I said, nor do I need to refute or explain your flawed conclusions or write letters to myself of any kind. I realize that you are incapable of credible discourse on this subject and likely many others and constantly need to reflect your own illusions upon others. You speak of the blissful evening you had to look forward to because you were buoyant in your belief that you had somehow won something.

I shall remind you that your bliss is composed of ignorance and I am delighted that you relish this. You’ll read this because you can’t stop yourself from doing so. You can’t escape it. I wish you well in your delusions and illusions I hope they serve you well. Nor do I concede to your self-righteous authority to call the game over.

1:48AM PST on Mar 3, 2012

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people"

It is people with guns that kill people.

Law enforcement officials are against gun ownership. I can't address the gun-owning paranoia here, that's your beast, feed it til you drop.

11:31PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I am glad Romney owns a gun, at least there's a 50/50 chance he'll shoot himself.

10:23PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Japanese tend to use knives. Which just proves, it really is not the weapon, it is the person.

10:19PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Dear Michael, before I turn in, let me suggest that you write a note to yourself now, because you sure won't be remembering this tomorrow. You're forgetting already that I said I already have plenty - experience - with guns, didn't you? Japan!
Touching a nerve? I hope you have a mirror in your house. You'll need one tomorrow when you wake up from your beer-fueled rage.
Finally I would like to thank you for expressing your fear of me confronting you with a gun in my hand.
You just made all my points better than I ever could. As a matter of fact it seems that you made everyone's gun-control points most beautifully by saying just that. And you did it all by yourself! Now that is a feat.
Now that I've said my piece - so to speak - I hope your wife hid the keys to your gun box.
Now finally, I am going to sleep. Im sorry I won't be enjoying the rest of your messages tonight, or ever for that matter since it is truly GAME OVER. Im turning in for a nice, satisfied and ever so peaceful sleep.
Cheers!
PS: If you need a good anger management counselor, Im sure Michel could refer you to one.

9:47PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

WOW Percy. Guess I touched a nerve. You don't know very much about me yet you make grand sweeping conclusions.

Glad we aren’t face to face with you having a gun in your hand.

Sadly Percy you are deaf, blind and dumb. It is not a perfect world out there and it is painfully apparent that this has escaped your keen eye for detail.

So you never did the research after all, other than owning a gun and living in Japan? What a surprise. How is it I keep running into people who play the research card, only to learn time and time again that they haven’t done the work to begin with? So dare all you want to imagine a better way. I did once too, but I am not deaf dumb and blind to certain realities here as you demonstrate post after post how much you are lacking in such an understanding.

9:45PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Anne the same reason the school shootings have so much carnage are the same reasons you want a gun to defend yourself with at home. Guns are accessible and lethal at a distance. You can't kill 15 other kids so easily with a knife. But they could use a bomb! They dont for the same reasons you dont.
Well that's why you have a gun in your house to begin with?
I say again, if someone wants to get to you first,
they'll find a way, that is unless you're walking around 24/7 with your gun already drawn. That sounds like a great way for everyone to live. Its a matter of proportion. Im not saying no guns for anyone, that's crazy. I am saying the cost of everyone being armed to the teeth all the time is crazier. I dont want to worry about my kids coming home alive or not, just so there can be a few justified shootings. Sorry.

Goodnight all. Pleasant dreams.

9:44PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

"If Michele is going to insist on being dense, please don't enable her. She never did get the house thing."

This coming from a person who believes a gun MADE a boy shoot his classmates, and FORCED a psycho to open fire in a subway.

I give up -- you're right, Anne. It was the mind-controlling GUN with all its evil powers.

Blech.

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