Obama and Romney Square Off on Gun Control While GOP Legislator Raffles an AR-15

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July 26 2012 3:54 PM

Obama and Romney Square Off on Gun Control While GOP Legislator Raffles an AR-15

President Obama and Mitt Romney are taking aim at gun rights this week in the aftermath of the Colorado movie-theater shooting.

Speaking at the Urban League Conference in New Orleans, the president said that he supports measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Obama added that though he believes in the Second Amendment right to bear arms for hunting and shooting, a lot of gun owners would agree assault rifles like the AK-47 belong in the battlefield—not on city streets. 

Mitt Romney flatly disagreed, telling the NBC Nightly News changing the hearts of Americans, not gun control, would lessen gun violence. 

He also suggested it was illegal for Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes to have a stockpile of weapons. In fact, the arsenal was purchased legally. 

So much for keeping the Aurora shooting out of politics—in some cases quite literally. A military grade AR-15 like the one Holmes used is being raffled off for just $25, in a fundraiser for Republican state legislator John McCaherty of Missouri.

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An AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

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