Santorum: Both Romney and Obama Backed Gun Bans

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2012 10:07 PM

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Having relentlessly pounded rival Mitt Romney on the role his healthcare plan played in creating Obamacare, Rick Santorum is now comparing the former Massachusetts governor to the president on the key issue of gun rights.

Campaigning in his home state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Santorum said Romney shared many of Obama's views on guns, The New York Times reported.

"He supported the Brady Bill, supported the gun ban, increased taxes on gun licenses by 400 percent when he was in the state of Massachusetts," Santorum said, according to the Times.

In fact, Romney did support the Brady Bill, which required a five-day waiting period on gun sales, and supported the 1994 federal crime bill, which banned various assault weapons. Romney also raised fees on gun licenses to close a budget deficit, the Times pointed out.

But in 2007, when he first began to run for president, he changed his positions to what he described as support for the easing of restrictions on gun owners.

Once again, Santorum used Romney’s record to argue that Republicans should not nominate a moderate who cannot contrast himself sharply with Obama. He said Obama's failed policies should be the focus of the campaign, "not our nominee's complicity in those failed policies."

Santorum also reminded a central Pennsylvania crowd Wednesday of Obama’s comments in 2008 that seemed to insult people with small-town values.

“Barack Obama four years ago referred to this area of Pennsylvania — right here — as a place that holds on, clings to their guns and their Bibles,” he said. “You’re damn right we do,” he added, to applause.

“You’re right, we cling,” Santorum said. “We cling to our faith, we cling to the rights that are God-given and are guaranteed under our Constitution, including the right to protect ourselves and those we love with the Second Amendment, the individual right to bear arms.”

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