Romney On Gun Control Is As Good As You’d Think

by evanmcmurry

For fuck’s sake:

ROMNEY: I still believe that the Second Amendment is the right course to preserve and defend and don’t believe that new laws are going to make a difference in this type of tragedy. There are–were, of course, very stringent laws which existed in Aurora, Colorado. Our challenge is not the laws, our challenge is people who, obviously, are distracted from reality and do unthinkable, unimaginable, inexplicable things.

As Weigel points out, “This is the opposite of true.” Colorado has a bevy of legislation making James Holmes’ arsenal legal and accessible.

We’ve all been wondering how Republicans were going to spin a tragedy that practically demands more stringent gun laws. I guess the answer is they’re going to simply say those laws are already in place, and didn’t stop anything, so laws must not work*.

Note, also, that Romney tries to dig his way out of his patently false assertion by pivoting to what I was talking about yesterday: if the gun lobby seriously believes people kill people, it should be leading the charge to reduce shooting incidents via mental health reform, right? But Romney doesn’t get anywhere closer to this point than mentioning people “distracted from reality” before scooting away. He doesn’t want to be the one advancing mental health reform. He’s got Obamacare to run against.

* This ended up being Russell Pearce’s argument after he walked back his atrocious “Where were the heroes of 9/11?!?!” Facebook post. Long Pearce short: gun control laws kept everybody else in the theater from packing, so they couldn’t stop the dude with the body armor. You’re through the looking glass when you’re blaming non-existent gun control laws for mass shootings.