Mitt Romney’s relationship with gun owners over the years has been tenuous at best. While campaigning for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he expressed support for five-day waiting periods and other gun control measures. And in 2004, as governor of Massachusetts, he signed an “assault weapons” ban. However, Romney says his views on firearms have changed and, starting with his 2007 presidential campaign, he’s sought rebirth as a pro-gun candidate.
Easier said than done. Gun owners are an uncompromising, unforgiving bloc of voters and they tend to have long memories. Indeed, members of Romney’s own party, especially Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, actively attacked his gun control past while they campaigned for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
Yet Romney appears to understand he needs the support of gun owners if he’s to defeat President Obama in November. How is he courting your vote given his less than stellar record on gun rights? To say the least, he’s gotten creative. Here are six ways he’s seeking your vote.