Gun Control/Second Amendment Rights:
Mitt Romney:“Let me speak very directly and candidly about where I stand. I support the Second Amendment asone of the most basic and fundamental rights of every American. It's essential to our functioning asa free society, as are all the liberties enumerated in the Bill of Rights...
Ron Paul:Congressman Paul is a strong supporter of the second amendment, and has introduced legislation torepeal the “Brady Bill” and the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban.”
Rick Santorum:Senator Santorum “vehemently opposed the Assault Weapons Ban because he believes that there aremore effective ways to stop gun violence, such as stricter enforcement of existing laws, than takingaway the rights of law abiding gun owners.”
Newt Gingrich:Speaker Gingrich describes himself as a “committed and vigilant defender of Second Amendment”and, if elected president, pledges to “instruct the Department of Justice and State Department todefend American sovereignty and block all international treaties that infringe on SecondAmendment rights.”
At a young age, Barry Goldwater was taught by his mother how to shoot rifles and shotguns.
He believed that gun control was “impossible,” and served as an NRA spokesman, appearing incommercials for the group. He was also an avid gun collector, devoting an entire room of his houseto a variety of guns that he had both made and purchased over the years.
Goldwater was, however, opposed to the sale of automatic firearms:”I’m completely opposed to selling automatic rifles. I don’t see any reason why they ever madesemi-automatics. I’ve been a member of the NRA, I collect, make and shoot guns. I’ve never usedan automatic or semiautomatic for hunting. There’s no need to. They have no place in anybody’sarsenal. If any S.O.B. can’t hit a deer with one shot, then he ought to quit shooting.”