On the same day that he called for the banning of bump stocks that moves the gun control debate along in what Democratic Senator Chris Murphy calls a “small, yet vital step,” US President Donald Trump has offered his “full support and endorsement” to Mitt Romney, who has announced that he will be running for the Senate seat in the US state of Utah in the next election. Now, this is interesting, since Romney is also a Republican with similarly inconsistent gun ownership policies.

Is Romney for or against the NRA?

In his early career, Romney more or less denounced guns, supporting the passing of the Brady Bill (which enforced a waiting period for people buying guns) and said, “I don’t line up with the NRA.” But then when he ran against Barack Obama for the office of President of the United States back in 2012, he started to endorse guns in an attempt to get the backing of the NRA.

He said, “I...believe firmly in the right to bear arms,” and that he believes in the Second Amendment and that he had been a hunter for his entire life.

And then it was discovered that Romney had actually only been hunting twice in his entire life – once as a 15-year-old and once a year before making the comments. So, does this guy actually endorse gun ownership or was he lying for the NRA’s support in order to secure the Presidency (which he failed to do)? Either way, Trump’s endorsement is interesting. Romney responded by saying, “Thank you, Mr. President.”