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NRA Endorses Mitt Romney

“The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund has announced its endorsement of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President...

“ "Today, we live in an America that is getting harder to recognize every day, led by a President who mocks our values, belittles our faith, and is threatened by our freedom." said Cox. "So on behalf of the four million men and women of the National Rifle Association, representing tens of millions of NRA supporters, it is my honor to announce the NRA's endorsement of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States."

“The actions of President Barack Obama have harmed the Second Amendment for generations to come. He has appointed two anti-gun nominees to the Supreme Court--one of whom has already signed an opinion saying that law-abiding Americans do not have an individual right to own firearms. Obama's administration worked on a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that would undermine our Second Amendment rights, and he has helped cover up the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal, arming Mexican drug cartels that continue to kill countless innocent American and Mexican citizens. He has also said that the ability of lawful citizens to carry a firearm for personal protection should be banned nationwide. As a state legislator, he opposed a law to protect people who use guns in their own homes for self-defense; endorsed a total ban on the manufacturing, sale and possession of all handguns; and supported a 500 percent increase in federal taxes on guns and ammunition. America's 100 million gun owners justifiably fear that a second Obama term, unaccountable to the voters, would bring an all-out assault on the Second Amendment.

“But there's a clear choice this November. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will protect our Right to Keep and Bear Arms by appointing Supreme Court justices who will uphold the rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago--two landmark cases which held that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms for all law-abiding Americans. Romney and Ryan have also stated their opposition to efforts by the United Nations to implement a global gun-control bureaucracy.

“ "In this election, there is no debate. There is only one choice--only one hope--to save our firearms freedom and our way of life," LaPierre continued. "Get to the polls on Election Day and make the difference in this campaign. Help take back our country and protect our freedom. On November 6, vote freedom first--Vote Romney-Ryan!" ”

“Since 1871, the NRA has protected the right of men and women across our country to keep and bear arms,” said Chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund Chris Cox. “This right is enshrined in our Constitution through the Second Amendment. It's the right that makes all of our other constitutional rights possible. Americans deserve to have a friend of our Second Amendment freedoms and hunting heritage in the White House. That's why we are proud to endorse Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President of the United States. Mitt and Paul will defend all of our constitutional freedoms from those who would seek to limit or deny them. We encourage every freedom-loving American to vote for the Romney-Ryan ticket on November 6.”


Gun Owners’ Action League

Gun Owners’ Action League — The Romney Record

“GOAL [Gun Owners’ Action League] had more access to this administration than any other since the days of Governor Ed King in 1979... senior level Romney staffers met on a monthly basis with GOAL’s Executive Director to discuss and work on any issues relevant to GOAL’s members. This should not be taken as an indication that GOAL “controlled” the corner office, but rather that a very good working relationship was developed that benefited both parties.

“During the Romney Administration, no anti-second amendment or anti-sportsmen legislation made its way to the Governor’s desk.

“Governor Romney did sign five pro-second amendment/pro-sportsmen bills into law.”

“Gun Owners’ Action League is the official state firearms association in Massachusetts...

“GOAL works hard to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights against those in Massachusetts who wish to infringe upon the freedoms guaranteed by our forefathers...

“We were formed in 1974 to protect the right to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are recognized as the state's premier gun rights association...

“Every intrusion on our gun rights is an intrusion on all rights. The Constitutional rights and freedoms that you enjoy - and may take for granted - are becoming more fragile each day. Secure your rights for yourself, your family and future generations...

Gun Owners’ Action League is a grassroots organization whose members actively participate in the many facets of protecting our Second Amendment rights and passing on the shooting sports traditions...

“GOAL publishes materials to bring the truth about gun ownership to the public, the legislature and our members. We also promote public education and junior shooting opportunities through our 501(c)3 sister organization, The GOAL Foundation.”

Gun and game forum
   

Mitt Romney - 2nd Amendment Support

“LIVETOSHOOT,my brother lives in MA. he is a ret.marine and has the utmost respect for ROMNEY. he has told me how it was before he got in, how hard it was to get a gun or pistol, but ROMNEY got the laws changed to make it a little easier. he didn't get all of them like he wanted, [some are still banned] but it is a lot better now.”
(bigbuddy21, GunAndGame.com VIP Member)

“Thus far in my research, everything I've located on Mitt Romney, personal and political, shows his integrity isn't for trade or sale. His record shows him to be very honest and upright...

“So, everything I've read about Mitt Romney, from credible sources, shows he does what he says he will do and how he says he will do it. This info comes from people who actually know and have actually worked with him, personally and publicly.

“In today's political landscape, Mitt Romney's personal and political integrity is exceptional and uniquely good...

“My research into presidential candidates has shown that Mitt Romney, while serving as governor in the liberal state of Massachusetts, upheld our conservative American constitutional laws/rights time and again. His voting record speaks for itself, and successfully passes the test for political integrity. Nowhere can I find any indication of impropriety or fraudulent activity.” (LiveToShoot, GunAndGame.com 28 Principles of Liberty)


Grover Norquist

  

Grover Norquist —
• National Rifle Association Board Member
• Massachusetts native

(fought gun control there while Romney was Guv)

“NORQUIST: Guns and Romney. Romney's position on guns is flawless ... I went and worked with the governor back when the D's were planning on passing a restriction on 50 caliber rifles in Massachusetts. And he committed to me that he would oppose any restrictions. I’m on the 50 caliber association, not the machine gun guys, just the single shot 50 caliber. Although if we set up one of the other associations I'd volunteer, no, its lots of fun and people keep wanting to restrict these things of beauty, but people don’t appreciate art in this country, that’s the problem. So, his position is fine.

“Where he got awkward is trying to do this, ‘I'm with you, I'm a lifetime hunter’, meaning ‘I've hunted.’ And, he'd only hunted a few times ... He didn’t need to do that. So, it’s awkward but on the other hand since the people who care about the second amendment only care about your position on it, they don’t care if you hunt or target shoot or collect or don’t have any guns. They just want to know where you are politically. He's fine politically.”

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“Mr. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists for over two decades.

“Mr. Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), ...

“Mr. Norquist also:

“• Serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America.”


Craig Sandler
  

Craig Sandler —
• 10 year NRA Executive Director
• Former head of NRA's LEAD
• Retired Police Chief

“In endorsing Governor Romney, Craig Sandler said, "Throughout his career in both the public and private sectors, Mitt Romney has demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, integrity, and commitment to principle. As a New Hampshire resident, former law enforcement officer, and avid sportsman, I am supporting Governor Romney because he is the candidate who will protect our Constitutional rights and strengthen our nation." ...

“Craig Sandler Was The Executive Director Of General Operations For The National Rifle Association (NRA) From 1996 - 2005. Prior to that, he was the head of the NRA's Law Enforcement Activities Division (LEAD) which provides law enforcement training with firearm instructor schools and hosts a central database of firearm information available to law enforcement agencies and their firearm instructors around the country. Prior to joining the NRA, Sandler was a police officer in Nashua, New Hampshire, eventually retiring as Chief. He is also an avid hunter and sportsman.”


David Keene
  

David Keene —
• NRA Vice-president*
• NRA Board member for over a decade
• For decades: gun-rights author, speaker & lobbyist


"Keene, who endorsed Romney on Thursday, tells Newsmax that Romney is a “good conservative” and “the best of the bunch.” ...

"Among conservatives, no one is more highly respected than Keene. As second vice president of the National Rifle Association, he will automatically become president of the organization in three and a half years...

"On the major issues, Romney is “right on,” Keene said. “The most important thing with these candidates is, when they give you their word in a campaign, that word is credible.” "

"David Keene was elected first vice president. Keene was first elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2000 and most recently acted as second vice president. An attorney, political activist and columnist, Keene has written, spoken and lobbied on behalf of hunters, shooters and firearms owners for decades."

"Since December 1984, David A. Keene has been the Chairman of the American Conservative Union, the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative lobbying organization... he has been Southern Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign... Most recently he advised Governor Mitt Romney in his 2008 Presidential race."

* Although David Keene was NRA VP during this endorsement, he is now the NRA President:

"Pittsburgh, PA -- David Keene, attorney, columnist and political activist who has written, spoken and lobbied on behalf of hunters, shooters and firearms owners for decades, was elected president of the NRA by the organization's board of directors."


Ted Nugent
      

Ted Nugent, NRA Board Member

“In case you didn't know, Ted Nugent really, really, really likes guns. The Motor City Madman is known for his conservative views on... well, everything...

“He talked to Romney by phone while he was at a sporting goods store in Michigan "celebrating the orgy of guns and ammos and bows and arrows and camouflage clothing and hunting and fishing and outdoor family supplies."

“Before endorsing him, Nugent demanded that Romney pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on Second Amendment rights in his administration. Romney obliged. Nugent also warned Romney about the "out of control" U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“Nugent said "America is in a suicidal tailspin" but he decided Romney has the "best shot at bringing the U.S. Constitution, common sense, and the American way back to the White House."

“Nugent tweeted his endorsement on March 2 (sic):

“after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him”


NRA Board Member, Gov. Jim Gilmore

Former Virginia Governor and current member of the NRA Board of Directors Jim Gilmore made the following statement on Mitt Romney’s record of supporting the Second Amendment:

“Mitt Romney has always been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and will continue to be an advocate for gun owners as president. He understands that the Second Amendment is a basic American freedom and his record proves this. As Governor, he supported legislation supported by gun owners that reformed Massachusetts’ onerous gun laws. President Obama has promoted policies that limit Americans’ Second Amendment right, and it is critical that we work together to defeat him in November as he will undoubtedly pursue even more aggressive anti-gun policies if reelected. I urge gun owners who want an ally in the White House to support Mitt Romney this November.”


Governor Matt Blunt
  

Matt Blunt —
• fmr Governor of Missouri
• NRA Board Member (2010)

“Endorsing Governor Romney, Governor Blunt said, "Mitt Romney's strong conservative principles are right for America. He is a strong leader and a proven problem solver – in private business, the Olympics, and as Governor. Governor Romney lives the American values that we cherish. I believe he has a great vision for the future of the United States." ”

“Blunt is an avid outdoorsman and hunter, and a member of the National Rifle Association. As governor, he advocated for and signed bills improving Missouri's right-to-carry law, allowing citizens to better defend their homes from intruders, safe-guarding shooting ranges from frivolous lawsuits, and protecting vital wildlife habitat and hunting lands from over-development.[29][30] Blunt signed legislation prohibiting the seizure of firearms during declared states of emergency at the NRA's annual meeting, held in St. Louis in 2007.”

Gov. Blunt was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2010 (twitter), joining another elected official, a former U.S. Senator serving on the board. That senator also had a favorable view on Gov. Romney's gun position, stating:

“Gov. Mitt Romney has announced his candidacy for president, and I support him. He has a record of standing up for ordinary Americans — people who are starting businesses, looking for jobs, building families, and enjoying the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

“Those freedoms are under constant attack, and perhaps none is more threatened than the rights guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment: The right to bear arms.

“Romney understands that this right can be abridged in multiple ways — gun laws can be written poorly, giving desk-based bureaucrats the ability to take away a gun license from a law-abiding individual.

“Gun laws can be applied indiscriminately, forcing sportsmen to become gun law experts when they head out into the field. Gun laws drafted by people who have never held a firearm but are beholden to the anti-gun lobby can impinge on the enjoyment ordinary Americans have in visiting a gun range or enjoying America's natural beauty.

“How do I know Romney understands these things? Because I've studied his record — and it's impressive. As governor, he took real, meaningful steps to affirm our right to bear arms...

“In 2004, Romney signed a sweeping reform of Massachusetts' gun laws that made the state's gun laws far less onerous for sportsmen. He established a firearm license review board to review cases of those applying to have their licenses restore, so that a single bureaucrat no longer could determine whether someone was fit to carry a firearm. He extended the term of firearm licenses from four to six years. He reinstated a 90-day grace period for citizens renewing their gun licenses, and later signed a law providing free replacement licenses.

“And then in 2005, Romney supported and signed into law legislation that clarified the definition of a loaded muzzleloader, so that hunters would understand exactly the safety precautions expected of them...

“And as governor, he has made his sentiments clear for all to see.

“In 2005, Romney declared the 31st anniversary of the Gun Owners' Action League "Right to Bear Arms" Day in the Commonwealth — a pleasant change of pace from most liberal states, where hunters and sportsmen are made to feel like outcasts, even though they support through fees and their participation a significant amount of rural land preservation.

“Fact is, if Romney just talked about his support for the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners, that would be welcome. But Romney has been doing more than talking — he has been taking action for several years, and his approach would be a welcome addition to the gun debates in Washington, D.C.”

“Congress is prepared to enact the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It is sponsored by some of the most ardent Second Amendment backers in Congress, including Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL).”

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“On October 26, 2005, President Bush signed S. 397, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act." Introduced by Sens. Larry Craig (R-ID) and Max Baucus (D-MT), this legislation is a vitally important first step toward ending the anti-gun lobby`s shameless attempts to bankrupt the American firearms industry through reckless lawsuits.”

“Larry Craig is serving his third term as a United States Senator from Idaho. Senator Craig quickly rose to the fourth highest Senate leadership position in his first term...

“A forceful advocate for common sense and conservative solutions to our nation's problems, Senator Craig has emerged as a leader in the battle for the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution, limited taxation, private property rights, and greater accountability in government. He has been recognized by national groups including Citizens for a Sound Economy, Citizens Against Government Waste, Watchdogs of the Treasury, and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation for his votes to cut spending and protect the taxpayer...

“The Idaho lawmaker is on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association”.


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