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Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Guest Contributor, Politics | 22 comments

Mitt Romney Unfamiliar With Details of Colorado Shooting, Falsely Claims Shooter Got Weapons Illegally

I am amazed at the brazenness of the Romney campaign in criticizing Obama on foreign policy and just about everything else, yet they are prone to so many gaffes and have a problem with the facts. Romney had the nerve imply to Brian Williams, according to the transcript of his exclusive NBC interview, that he is unfamiliar with the details of the Colorado shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured by saying gunman James Holmes obtained the weapons illegally. Earth to Mitt Romney — James Holmes purchased the firearms, 6,000 rounds of ammunition and tactical gear legally through various national gun chains and on the Internet.

Gee, Mitt Romney couldn’t take time out of his “busy” schedule to follow the events surrounding a tragedy of such magnitude. It shows how disconnected he is with the majority of Americans. He claims he has walked the “real streets of America.” Really? This also plays into Mitt Romney being fuzzy on the details of his offshore bank accounts, his departure date at Bain Capital, his blind trust, his tax returns and the list goes on and on. I can hear George W. Bush asking, miss me yet?

ROMNEY: Well 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. 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. Changing the heart of the American people may well be what’s essential, to improve the lots of the American people. Source: Think Progress

Mitt Romney unfamiliarity with the details of the Colorado shooting rampage that impacted so many is an insult to the victims, their families, law enforcement and the state of Colorado. I expect this type of ignorance from someone like Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin, but not from the man who claims he knows how to fix what ails this country.

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Editor’s Note added July 26, 2012: Just as a nota bene: It appears that Mitt Romney said “…it was illegal to have many of those things already.” The operative phrase many think, appears to be ‘many of those things.’ Not, ‘all’ things. He had just listed “weapons and, bombs, and “other devices” and then said …”it was illegal to have many of those things already.” Here in Colorado it is illegal to have, as James Holmes is alleged to have had in his apartment in a reseidential apartment building of families and children, incendiary fluids and bombs wired to explode. Whether Holmes purchased all materials, firearms, ammo, combustible materials ‘legally’ remains to be seen, once all facts are in, especially including where FBI and State law officers are focussing now: whether Holmes used government grant money given to him for research at Anschutz Medical, for buying whichever or all of these devices, firearms and fluids. If so, the issue of legality rises in another or additional direction. Thanks.
Dr. E/ managing editor, TMV