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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney makes a statement on the shootings in Colorado on Friday, July 20, 2012 in Bow, N.H.

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Obama, Romney views have evolved toward gun rights

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both have softened their positions on gun restrictions over the years. As they expressed shock and sorrow over the bloodshed at a Colorado movie theater, neither suggested that tougher gun control could make a difference, a notion that has faded from political debate.

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