The tragedy in Colorado movie theatre has prompted greater attention on the gun law. Within hours of the news New York mayor Michael Bloomberg presented President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney with a stark challenge over America's loose restrictions on gun ownership.
"Maybe it's time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they're going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country." So, where do they stand on the issue? Romney signed a ban on assault weapons as Massachusetts governor. But as the presumptive Republican nominee, he now bills himself as the candidate who will protect gun owners' rights? Obama called for reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons during his 2008 presidential campaign. But since his election, he hasn't pushed other gun control proposals.
As an Illinois state senator Barack Obama supported banning all forms of semi-automatic weapons and tighter state restrictions generally on firearms.
During presidential campaign he supported a return to the federal ban on assault weapons. In 2008 Obama faced criticism after sounding dismissive of gun owners in a talk to campaign donors. He said voters in struggling small towns in middle America "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them" to explain their frustrations. In September 2008 Obama seeks to reassure gun owners: "I believe in people's lawful right to bear arms. ... There are some common-sense gun safety laws that I believe in. But I am not going to take your guns away."
In 2009, as president, Obama signs a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and other national parks and wildlife refuges and another that lets people carry guns in their checked bags on Amtrak trains. In 2011 after the shooting that severely wounded then-Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people he calls for "sound and effective steps" to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, including strengthening background checks on gun buyers. But the Obama administration hasn't proposed any new gun initiatives since then.
Mitt Romney insists: "I don't line up with the NRA."
In 2002 running for governor of Massachusetts, Romney says he supports and will protect the state's "tough gun laws".
In 2004 Romney signs a Massachusetts ban on assault weapons.
In 2005 he declares May 7 Right to Bear Arms Day in Massachusetts.
In 2006 Romney becomes a lifetime NRA member.
In 2012 Romney tells gun owners that Obama wants to erode their rights and he will not.
So, whatever… new or old president…nothing’s going to change….
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