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2004: Romney signs off on permanent assault weapons ban
TheRightScoop.com ^ | February 4th, 2012

Posted on 04/13/2012 4:44:10 PM PDT by SoConPubbie

Andrew Kaczynski dug up this Romney press release today from the Web Archive, showing that he signed off on a permanent Assault Weapons ban in 2004:

In a move that will help keep the streets and neighborhoods of Massachusetts safe, Governor Mitt Romney today signed into law a permanent assault weapons ban that forever makes it harder for criminals to get their hands on these dangerous guns.

“Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts,” Romney said, at a bill signing ceremony with legislators, sportsmen’s groups and gun safety advocates. “These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Like the federal assault weapons ban, the state ban, put in place in 1998, was scheduled to expire in September. The new law ensures these deadly weapons, including AK-47s, UZIs and Mac-10 rifles, are permanently prohibited in Massachusetts no matter what happens on the federal level.

“We are pleased to mark an important victory in the fight against crime,” said Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. “The most important job of state government is ensuring public safety. Governor Romney and I are determined to do whatever it takes to stop the flood of dangerous weapons into our cities and towns and to make Massachusetts safer for law-abiding citizens.”


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fumr; romney
And the Un-Masking of Mitt Romney, the left-wing, Progressive Liberal, continues . . .
"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

1 posted on 04/13/2012 4:44:15 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

I’d love to corner him and ask him to describe an assault rifle.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 4:46:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SoConPubbie

Assault weapons ARE made for self defense!!

They are useful when heavily outnumbered in riot-type situations. Ask the Koreans who defended their businesses against massive numbers of arsonists rioters in the LA riots of 1992.


3 posted on 04/13/2012 4:46:25 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The Road to Ruin is Always Kept in Good Repair)
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To: SoConPubbie

I’m sure this has been brought up a billion times on FR, but I’ve never been sure what distinguishes an “assualt weapon” from other weapons. Perhaps as opposed to a “love pat weapon”?


4 posted on 04/13/2012 4:47:31 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SoConPubbie

>>They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people

Yes, they are. Thanks for recognizing that fact. Since there are about a million human attacks in US for every bear attack, I’m glad that we have anti-human guns at our disposal in the free states!


5 posted on 04/13/2012 4:48:59 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SoConPubbie



Our Founders Intention

6 posted on 04/13/2012 4:49:40 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Bon of Babble
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Guns save minority lives and livelihoods.
7 posted on 04/13/2012 4:50:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Tublecane

>>what distinguishes an “assualt weapon” from other weapons

The sight of an “assault weapon” makes liberal men start their periods early.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 4:50:30 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Bryanw92

Banana clips make conservative women, hot.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 4:52:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SoConPubbie

You should have voted for Newt. You know who you are.


10 posted on 04/13/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Assault weapons are great for preventing tyranny.


11 posted on 04/13/2012 4:53:39 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: SoConPubbie


12 posted on 04/13/2012 4:54:31 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Say what you want about Romney. He was a Governor of a Liberal State. Being an elected official does not mean that you impose your will upon the electorate. It means you represent the electorate and protect the vulnerable. It was MA’s will he was enacting to a very large degree. He was solving their problems not the Nation’s.


13 posted on 04/13/2012 4:56:09 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: DocRock

Great picture!


14 posted on 04/13/2012 4:56:27 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: cripplecreek

Men that know the difference between a clip and a magazine make conservative women hot!


15 posted on 04/13/2012 4:56:50 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: SoConPubbie

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

So much is wrong with these sentences, but let me snipe a couple of points:

1. Wouldn’t it be easier to use a hunting rifle to hunt down and kill people? I mean, if that’s what they use to kill deer and such, there must be good reason (besides the law). I’m thinking “assualt weapons” usually aren’t the most accurate.

2. What’s with this “hunting down” presumption? Couldn’t man killers just as easily lie in ambush? Let them come to you; it’s less work (though more boring).

3. In the spirit of point two, why presume people are using “assault weapons” offensively? They work the same if you’re the one being assaulted; they’re neutral that way. You can’t assume the one with the AK is going out looking for trouble just because you named them “assualt weapons” instead of “defense weapons.”

4. Even in wars, where men are allowed not only to use “assualt weapons,” but can legally hunt down and kill their enemies, they don’t get many assualt weapon kills. Why? Because it’s hard to kill things with them. Mostly they’re used for suppressing fire. The majority of deaths come from ordnance, which blows stuff up indiscriminately.


16 posted on 04/13/2012 4:58:18 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Say what YOU want about Romney. He either lacked principle as governor of Massachussetts or he betrayed his principles in order to obtain political expediency. Either way, I won’t be voting for the useless SOB.


17 posted on 04/13/2012 4:59:05 PM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: MeganC
Link to the high resolution imagefor your use. Feel free to link to it, I keep made it and keep it on one of my servers. I also keep it on my home page. My bandwidth is yours, Freegards, DocRock
18 posted on 04/13/2012 5:02:22 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Bryanw92

“Yes, they are. Thanks for recognizing that fact”

No, you miss the point. The killing people part is right, and there’s nothing wrong with making something with the sole purpose of killing. But what you quoted went further by saying “assualt weapons” have the sole purpose of hunting people down and killing them, which would mean self-defense doesn’t apply. For even in “stand you ground” states you are not allowed to hunt people down in order to kill them.

That would mean there are effectively no legal uses for “assualt weapons,” and as such it would make sense for them to be banned. Except you can use them for self-defense, which is obvious to anyone with common sense or a passing familiarity with various real life instances. But nothing ever stopped politicians from radically distorting real life.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 5:04:30 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Say what you want about Romney. He was a Governor of a Liberal State. Being an elected official does not mean that you impose your will upon the electorate. It means you represent the electorate and protect the vulnerable. It was MA’s will he was enacting to a very large degree. He was solving their problems not the Nation’s.

So is this the standard excuse for the following as well?


20 posted on 04/13/2012 5:04:40 PM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: DocRock

The Constitution of the State of Michigan Article 1, Section 6 reads:

Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state.


21 posted on 04/13/2012 5:05:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Bryanw92
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22 posted on 04/13/2012 5:08:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

“Being an elected official does not mean that you impose your will upon the electorate. It means you represent the electorate and protect the vulnerable. It was MA’s will he was enacting to a very large degree. He was solving their problems not the Nation’s.”

Okay, but there are plenty of politicians who manage to do so without positively asserting that they agree with it, or even managing to look as if they’re not sick to their stomachs. Nor do they have to parrot the supposed opposition’s talking points, i.e. lies. Romney didn’t just go along with the will of Mass. voters (if it was, in fact, their will). He acted like it was his idea.


23 posted on 04/13/2012 5:09:02 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: cripplecreek

Well, that’s pretty clear, too! Words have meanings, like my tagline. (KJV)


24 posted on 04/13/2012 5:15:30 PM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: Tublecane

OK. Good point. I was just responding as I always do to a liberal who says that an “assault rifle” is only good for killing people. I agree with them. I didn’t notice the “hunting down” part of the quote. My point is that we shouldn’t shy away from the anti-human purpose of an “assault rifle”. That’s what it was built for and that’s what the 2nd Amendment was written for.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 5:19:36 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Tublecane

An “assault rifle” is a shoulder-fired, select-fire weapon used by an individual soldier, firing a cartridge of intermediate rifle caliber, with a detachable high-capacity magazine.

A potato peeler, banana or spork could be an “assault weapon.”


26 posted on 04/13/2012 5:27:52 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: SoConPubbie

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Don’t know about you, Mitt, but I’d much rather have the same or better firepower than the dirtbag scum who decides to accost me, my family, or my property. And, please define “assault weapon” for the great unwashed masses, you nitwit RINO.


27 posted on 04/13/2012 5:52:18 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie; SoConPubbie
Say what you want about Romney. He was a Governor of a Liberal State. Being an elected official does not mean that you impose your will upon the electorate.

I would argue that a "Liberal electorate" would only elect one who is consistent with their will....as SoConPubbie has shown in his post #20.

28 posted on 04/13/2012 5:53:28 PM PDT by uptoolate (Republicans sure do like their liberalism)
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To: uptoolate

It’s time to pick, Obama or Romney.

We may want and wish but those are the two hard choices.


29 posted on 04/13/2012 5:57:01 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: RC one

“You should have voted for Newt.”

obviously, SCP is trying very hard to provide ammunition for the Obama reelection campaign. God save America if BO is reelected.


30 posted on 04/13/2012 6:36:30 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: Bryanw92

LOL!


31 posted on 04/13/2012 6:37:52 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

It’s time to pick, Obama or Romney.

We may want and wish but those are the two hard choices.

*********************

Two sentences, three lies.


32 posted on 04/13/2012 6:43:42 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Psalm 144

What does that make your statement if those two are on the ballot?


33 posted on 04/13/2012 6:50:56 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

My statement will remain accurate.

1) It is not yet time to choose.

2) Those two vermin are not the only choices.

3) Rejecting each of those death culture candidates is the easiest thing in the world.

As I said, your two sentence post contained three lies.


34 posted on 04/13/2012 6:55:52 PM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: DocRock

That is a picture of a L1A1/FN FAL. That is not an Assault weapon, that is a battle rifle.


35 posted on 04/13/2012 9:26:54 PM PDT by metalurgist ( Want your country back? It'll take guns and rope. Marxists won't give up peaceably.)
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To: DocRock

Thank you! (-:


36 posted on 04/16/2012 8:46:55 AM PDT by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: MeganC

Back to the top.


37 posted on 09/13/2012 9:43:47 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("The opposite of compromise is character." -- Frederick Douglass)
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