In less than one year, we will be voting for our Commander in Chief. The race for the Republican Candidate has been in full force for months now. Have you been keeping informed on where the candidates stand on the Second Amendment? We have! I give you the short low-down on the top contenders.
Mitt Romney is the ex-governor of Massachusetts. He graduated valedictorian from Brigham Young University in 1971 and in 1975 graduated from Harvard with a law and business administration degree. Romney entered politics in 1994 as a moderate Republican.
The people of Massachusetts elected him as Governor in 2002. In 2004, he signed a law that permanently banned “assault weapons” in Massachusetts, stating, “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” He also supported the Brady Bill.
In an interview with Meet the Press in 2007, Romney stated he was a supporter of the Second Amendment and had joined the NRA as a Lifetime Member. He stated that he did not stand with the NRA on every single issue, believing that “we also should keep weapons of unusual lethality from being on the street.” What exactly is “unusual lethality?”
Ron Paul is a Congressman from Texas who graduated from Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. He served as a flight surgeon in the Air Force.
Paul believes in limited government and focuses on maintaining and protecting the Constitution.
He has introduced legislation to repeal The Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and introduced a bill to get rid of “gun-free zones,” H.R. 2613, and the Citizens Protection Act of 2011. He is also in favor of allowing pilots and law enforcement agents to carry guns on airplanes.
Paul won the Gun Owners of American’s “Defender of the Second Amendment Award.”
Herman Cain earned a mathematics degree from Morehouse College and a Master’s in Computer Science from Purdue. He specializes in finance and business. He was a civilian worker for the United States Navy. Cain worked at Coca-Cola, was Vice President of Burger King, and President and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. He has no prior political experience, so therefore no prior voting record for us to go by.
Cain has stated that he is a believer in the Second Amendment, but critics called him out for stating he believes that it is a State’s right to pass their own laws in regards to the Second Amendment.
He stated, “Stupid people are ruining America” at the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting.
Rick Perry is the current standing governor of Texas. He graduated with a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 1968 and served in the U.S. Air Force.
Rick Perry entered politics as a Conservative Democrat and served three terms in the House. He switched parties at the end of his third term.
He is a strong believer in the Second Amendment, making news when he shot and killed a coyote that was threatening the family dog. He is a gun owner, a hunter, and has a license to carry a concealed handgun. When asked about gun control, Governor Rick Perry stated, “I am actually for gun control: Use both hands.” Perry signed House Bill 1815 giving Texans the right to conceal a gun in the car without a permit. He has also signed numerous other pro-gun laws.
Michele Bachman serves on the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. She is against big government and works to defend the Constitution.
Bachman received her J.D. from the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University, and her L.L.M. in tax law from the College of William and Mary.
She helped pass the Minnesota Personal Protection Act, which made it easier to receive a handgun permit and signed H.R. 197 and S.845, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act.
Bachman is also a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.
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