Romney NRA Speech: Mitt Supports Gun Rights, Stand Your Ground
1 year ago
But what does that say about his view of Trayvon Martin case?
After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin murder, you would think that any politicians in the lime-light, would be mindful of their actions regarding gun violence. However, Mitt Romney seems to be immune to any types of expectations in this way.
Last Friday, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made an appearance at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in St. Louis. While addressing a crowd of thousands, Mr. Romney said, ”We need a president who will stand up for the rights of hunters and sportsmen and those seeking to protect their homes and their families.”
This comes at the perfect time for Mr. Romney — right when a teenager is shot dead by a neighborhood vigilante in the suburbs of Florida, in the name of "Stand You Ground" laws. The NRA is known to have supported gun legislation like the Florida law.
Many NRA members may be conservatives, but that’s no reason to support the very organization that is under scrutiny over the laws that gave George Zimmerman the confidence to shoot an unarmed teenager.
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This actually came as more of a shock for NRA members since Mitt Romney supported an assault weapons ban when he was governor of Massachusetts. However, in recent years, he’s been easing up his stance on gun laws and restrictions — particularly more recently, as the presumptive Republican presidential candidate.
Not only his appearance there, but his speech spoke wonders to how serious he took the Trayvon Martin case and what role lax gun laws played on Mr. Zimmerman not being arrested earlier.
"The right to bear arms comes from our creator, not from our government," he said. "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."
Really? And what about Trayvon Martin?