This is B.S. While I disagree with Romney on the AWB issue, the fact is that he said he would have signed the renewal, as Bush said all the way back in 2000, but would oppose a new AWB. Two different things.
I voted for Bush twice in spite of his AWB position. So it isn’t suddenly a non-starter for Romney to have the same flawed position.
At least he doesn’t want to give amnesty to 20-30 million illegal aliens.
I don't like the GWB/Romney position on the AWB either, but there's not much practical difference from McCain on the 2nd amendment.
For those who say there's no difference from Obama, in the past he's voted for a complete ban on sale and transfer of all semi-autos, as well as enhanced restrictions on firearm ownership. In a state, Illinois, that already has amongst the most restrictive laws in the nation.
Think fees, big ones.
Of course if the Giuliani/Clinton/Obama/Paul lawsuits against manufacturers and dealers were allowed, within a decade or so there'd probably be nowhere to purchase firearms anyway.