Romney for changing hearts, not gun laws

Mitt Romney argued Wednesday it would take Americans changing their hearts — not gun laws — to prevent deadly mass shootings like the one in Aurora, Colorado last week.

“We can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t,” Romney told NBC’s Brian Williams during a sit-down interview in London. “Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people.”
As governor of Massachusetts, Romney enacted an assault weapons ban. When signing the bill into law, he called this style of weapon, like the AR-15 assault rifle used in the Colorado shooting, “instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.” That was 2002. While he indicated the NRA’s “agenda is not entirely identical with my own,” he did not see the need for changes in legislation now.

“I don’t happen to believe that America needs new gun laws,” Romney told Williams during a discussion of the Aurora shooting. “A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening.” He said the political and legal implications “will be sorted out down the road.”

All of the guns used in the attack were purchased legally and 12 movie-goers died in the massacre.