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October 16, 2012

Obama, Romney talk guns

Obama and Romney sparred on an issue neither of them talk about much: guns.

Obama told voters in 2008 "I'm not going to take away your guns.'' That same year his campaign website said he supports "making guns in this country childproof'' and making the assault-weapons ban permanent.

"There have been too many instances during the course of my presidency where I’ve had to comfort someone who has lost somebody," he said at the debate. "My belief is (a) enforce the laws we’ve already got…but I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theaters don’t belong on our streets."

Romney supported policies during his run for Senate in 1994 that he said weren’t “going to make me the hero of the NRA.'' He joined the group in 2006. In 2007, he said that as president, he would have signed an assault-weapons ban if the bill came to his desk. A few months later, he said he didn’t “support any gun control legislation.”

"I’m not in favor of new pieces of legislation on guns,'' he said. "We of course don’t want to have automatic weapons and that’s already illegal in this country."


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