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…I’ll protect the second amendment. I have guns myself. Not going to tell you where they are. Don’t 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. I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,’ to which the interview corrected him, ‘Ah, excuse me, but isn’t that son Josh’s 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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