Obama Won't Push New Gun Laws

Romney banned assault rifle in question in Massachusetts

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2012 1:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Dark Knight shooting certainly has people talking about gun control again. The AP and New York Times are both running reports on the largely unregulated nature of Internet gun sales; James Holmes was able to order 3,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition and 3,000 rounds of handgun ammo without so much as passing a background check. Michael Bloomberg appeared on MSNBC today to again bash both parties for gun control inaction. "I think there is a perception among the political world that the NRA has more power than the American people," he said. "I don't believe that."

But don't expect the White House to jump on that bandwagon. Jay Carney said yesterday that President Obama believed in using "existing law" to keep guns away from "people who should not have them," the Hill reports. And ironically, Mitt Romney actually banned the sale of the assault rifle Holmes used while he was governor of Massachusetts, Henry Blodget of Business Insider points out. Romney has since reversed his position on the issue.

An AR-15, the kind of assault rifle used in the Colorado shooting, is seen in this file photo.
An AR-15, the kind of assault rifle used in the Colorado shooting, is seen in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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