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AP Intentionally Misquotes Romney On Weapons

From the Associated Press:

Obama, Romney differ over guns after Colo. attack

By CHARLES BABINGTON and JULIE PACE | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The politics of guns leapt to the top of the presidential race Wednesday, as President Barack Obama embraced some degree of control of weapons sales and Republican Mitt Romney seemed to suggest an alleged mass killer in Colorado had obtained his weapons illegally even though he hadn’t.

The AP can’t even write a lead sentence without lying about Mitt Romney. What Mitt Romney said was entirely accurate. He noted that some of the weapons in Holmes’ possession were illegal. Or does the AP think it is legal to own bomb-making materials?

Speaking to a mostly black audience in New Orleans, Obama said he would seek a consensus on combating violence. He said some responsibility also rests with parents, neighbors and teachers to ensure that young people "do not have that void inside them." …

It sounds like Obama was channeling Rahm Emanuel, when he was seeking to appeal to the family values of gangbangers.

The president called for stepped-up background checks for people who want to buy guns and restrictions to keep mentally unbalanced individuals from buying weapons. He said those steps "shouldn’t be controversial, they should be common sense."

Mr. Holmes passed the background checks for the guns he used.

Romney, meanwhile, said many of the weapons deployed by the shooting suspect in Colorado were possessed illegally and that changing laws wouldn’t prevent gun-related tragedies. His comments added a confusing layer to the debate because authorities say the firearms that James Holmes allegedly used to kill 12 people were obtained legally.

This is more journalistic malpractice from the AP. Romney did not say “the firearms that James Holmes allegedly used to kill 12 people were obtained legally,” as the AP’s own quotes prove.

"This person shouldn’t have had any kind of weapons and bombs and other devices, and it was illegal for him to have many of those things already," Romney told NBC News in an interview in London. "But he had them. And so we can sometimes hope that just changing the law will make all bad things go away. It won’t." …

In a separate interview with KRNV-TV in Nevada, Romney seemed more precise. He said Holmes "had various incendiary devices, bombs of some kind. The idea that saying those things, of course, were illegal, but he had them, simply passing laws does not make the threat of an individual who is deranged, disappear." …

It’s clear that was talking about the bombs and devices Holmes had in his apartment. So it is the AP who have” added a confusing layer to the debate.” So why did the AP lie about his remarks? (This is a rhetorical question.)

Aurora authorities disassembled the booby traps in the apartment, and they did not explode. It’s unclear if the suspect obtained the bomb materials illegally, but it’s against Colorado law to build an explosive device

How gracious of the AP to admit this. By the way, if the AP and the rest of the Obama campaign are so concerned about ‘assault weapons,’ why have the done nothing about this development?

From the Associated Press:

Chavez: Venezuela making drones, assembling Kalashnikovs

Thursday, Jun 14, 2012

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that Venezuela has begun to assemble Kalashnikov assault rifles with assistance from Russia and started producing surveillance drones.

Venezuela has spent billions of dollars for Russian arms and military aircraft since 2005, including 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles..

Army Gen. Julio Cesar Morales Prieto, president of Venezuela’s state-run arms producer, said 3,000 AK-103 assault rifles have been assembled since Venezuela and Russia signed the 2005 agreement for the construction of a Kalashnikov assembly factory

The factory eventually will have the capacity to produce 25,000 rifles annually

Kalashnikov are the sole makers of the AK-47 and other weapons that are prized by terrorists, drug cartels and lunatics.

These (actually) two new Kalashnikov factories are the only ones outside of Russia. And there is no doubt that Mr. Chavez will put these weapons in the hands of terrorists and drug dealers.

And yet neither Obama nor Hillary Clinton have done anything about it. Instead, Obama has recently stated that Hugo Chavez is not a threat to the United States.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 26th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP Intentionally Misquotes Romney On Weapons”

  1. Astravogel says:

    I was interested in TCP’s words to the effect that AK-47 rifles
    don’t belong on our streets. They aren’t ON the streets of South
    Chicago and other such beauty spots. Even the street thugs
    know not to openly display large firearms. Ever try to conceal an
    AK? Somewhere are statistics which would identify the most
    common thug weapons. Not that the Gov’t media would mention it.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    This is a good thing to hear Romney say, considering he wasthe one who is responsible for the draconian gun laws of Massachusetts, saying when he signed their gun control law that “even if the US doesn’t have an assault weapons ban, this law will ensure Massachusetts always will”

    I hope to hell he sticks with the new conservative Romney after he has the reins.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Doubt it.

      He’s running as a “conservative” but probably desperately wants to be liked by the cool kids.

      See, I have had the experience of trying to impress and be liked by the cool kids only to have it blow up in my face. Difference between me and others though is that I learned from it. I do what I like to do, when I do and how I do. I stopped giving a crap about what some idiot “cool” puke thought about my methods or word-choices years ago.

      The epiphany happened while I was laying flat on my back in the hospital when I was sixteen, having had a bad wreck on the road. I had lots of time to think and asked myself, “Why am I knocking myself out? They don’t like me, not going to like me and thus, I should stop paying them any attention.”

      So I gave up. Been happier ever since. Yet people find me odd for not instinctively getting excited about the next new, shiny thing. When the mass-gaggle happens, I inevitably go the opposite direction. I look at it from a distance and if I get interested in it, it’s for my own reasons.

      Nerd? Dork? Yup…that’s me. But I have a nice car, a great job, have lots of free time and enjoy myself by myself when I’m on my own time. Learned that I don’t need sycophants around me to have fun…and it’s cumbersome and tiresome to be part of a group who I summarily disagree with 99% of the time. I’m not antisocial but I ignore the gene that makes me want to “go along to get along” having learned that that most often leads to trouble.

      But Romney will most likely be merely “suitable” as president. Don’t look for Reganesque actions. He is a right-leaning middle-of-the-roader who will bend to pressure from the cool kids. He’s closer to Bush II than even Bush II was.

      I still say there is something inherently wrong with the baby-boom generation. If you didn’t run with a group, have a slew of friends, were at least “moderately” popular in school, etc…then you are disincluded in any activity and not even considered a contender in society in any way.

      Much of our society in the past was built by individuals who did their own thing, fought against the grain much of the time and who were considered rock-solid people. But over the years, and especially in the baby-boom generation, being an individual has glaring negative connotations. No “posse” of friends….or social contacts is a bad thing.

      So Romney will choose to go along with the cool kids (national socialists) on issues that will rub people like me raw. On the other hand, he’s 1000% better than the THING in the white house right now.

  3. Right of the People says:

    “The president called for stepped-up background checks for people who want to buy guns and restrictions to keep mentally unbalanced individuals from buying weapons.”

    Too bad we don’t have a way to keep mentally unbalanced people from voting. We wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in today if they had background checks at the polls.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Too bad we don’t have a way to keep mentally unbalanced people from getting elected to office.

      Anything named Kennedy
      and so, so many more.

  4. canary says:

    All those legal gallons gasoline the Aurora had in his apartment could have done far worse than a gun.

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