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The presidential race 2012: Gun control

When Americans head to the polls this November, the vast majority of votes will be cast with jobs and the economy in mind. Recent surveys indicate that these are the issues that matter most. It comes as no surprise that economic issues top the list. Even in the wake of the tragic Aurora, Colorado shooting, views on gun laws have virtually remained the same.

But this data doesnâ??t mean that the Second Amendment has become irrelevant; many Americans care deeply about gun rights. So where do the presidential candidates stand on the right to keep and bear arms?

Not long ago, I wrote this article about Mitt Romneyâ??s not-so-stellar Second Amendment record. Based on his actions as Governor of Massachusetts, Gun Owners of America gave Romney a grade of D- for failing to uphold the Second Amendment â?? the lowest of all the Republican presidential hopefuls at the time. GOA has publicly called out Romney for his anti-gun record

President Obama is no ally to Second Amendment advocates, either. The Obama administration hasnâ??t made gun control a prominent issue, but as an Illinois and U.S. Senator, Obama supported legislation that curbed gun rights.

But if your heart is set on a true pro-Second Amendment candidate, donâ??t give up just yet. There is one person running for President who firmly believes in gun rights: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson signed legislation protecting shooting ranges from â??noise-based nuisance lawsuits aimed at shutting them down.â?ť He insists that concealed carry leads to less gun violence.

When it comes to gun rights, Romney and Obama pale in comparison to Gary Johnson. Although most votes this election cycle wonâ??t be dictated by the candidatesâ?? positions on the Second Amendment, itâ??s still important to know where these men stand. If a candidate doesnâ??t uphold the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, what other freedoms will he be willing to chip away at?

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Kathryn M. DeLong lives in Buffalo, NY. She is the former president of the University at Buffalo College Republicans and worked as the press secretary for David Bellavia's 2012 congressional campaign. Follow her on Twitter: @kathryndelong

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