Last month, I wrote of a concern over Mitt Romney’s support for the Second Amendment. While I was willing to give Governor Romney the benefit of the doubt, as his stance has been much more gun-friendly in recent years, his tenure as governor of a state that has been, historically, quite hostile to gun-rights has many on the right a little shaken. I called for Romney to announce, unambiguously, his support for the Second Amendment. We should all trust, but verify.
With Congressman Ryan, I have no doubts.
I’m willing to give Romney a certain latitude; he was governor of Massachusetts, hostile territory for those who wish to maintain their right to bear arms. I, however, have been more forgiving of Romney’s unwillingness to un-ring the bell of gun control that has plagued much of the Northeast for the last 30 years or so. In order to do so, Romney would have had to fight the tide of long-entrenched anti-gun policymaking and expended a tremendous amount of political capital in the process to purchase perhaps even a slight lessening of gun control tyranny.
While this is a central issue that must be important to all Americans, I am willing to give Romney the benefit of the doubt and believe that his stance on gun-rights is more conservative than the Massachusetts legislature would have allowed. However, I do feel that those who believe in the Second Amendment deserve to hear a qualifying statement as to what, exactly, Romney believes, and what he’s willing to do to defend the right that protects all the others.
Paul Ryan, on the other hand, hunts large game, has been vocal about his opposition to stricter liability laws for gun manufacturers and has received an “A” rating from the NRA- no easy achievement considering Ryan is a Congressman from Wisconsin who, until 2011, was one of only two states to not allow concealed carrying of a weapon.
Courtesy of thetruthaboutguns.com, Paul Ryan has,
- Voted YES on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
- Voted YES on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
- Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
- Been rated A by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record. (Dec 2003)
- Supported a national cross-state standard for concealed carry. (Jan 2009)
- Supported a ban on gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC. (Mar 2007)
- Voted to allow reloading spent military small arms ammunition. (Apr 2009)
Across the board, Ryan has stuck to his guns (forgive the pun), and voted for Second Amendment protections. While the cornerstone of Ryan’s value to the ticket can be seen in his staunch fiscal conservatism and calls for fiscal accountability, we should remember that he brings a platform of other worthwhile ideas, and his “no compromise” stance on this important issue provides a huge boost for this ticket.
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