Fred Thompson and Giuliani Tangle on Gun Issue

Fred Thompson made a blog posting on the gun issue yesterday:

There are lots of things about [New York] I like, but New York gun laws don’t fall in that category. Anybody who knows me knows I’ve always cared deeply about the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. So I’ve always felt sort of relieved when I flew back home to where that particular civil liberty gets as much respect as the rest of the Bill of Rights. . . .

The lawsuit has been a lesson in out-of-control government from the get-go. Mayor Bloomberg sent private investigators to make “straw” purchases – illegally buying guns for somebody else. According to the ATF, NY’s illegal “stings” interfered with ongoing investigations of real gun traffickers. . . .

Guliani, who has claimed in the past that gun control was an important reason for crime falling in New York City in the 1990s, responded:

In his comments, Mr. Thompson went on to suggest that high gun ownership rates may be related to the nation’s low violent crime rates.

The Giuliani campaign responded. “Those who live in New York in the real world — not on TV — know that Rudy Giuliani’s record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself,” said Katie Levinson, the Giuliani campaign’s communications director. “No amount of political theater will change that.” . . .

For those who want to see some of my past postings on Giuliania and guns see here, here, and here.

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Blogger LLR said...

I saw a couple of videos of FDT talking in Iowa. He mentions the 2nd amendment in that speech. Rudy “the 2nd amendment is different in different states” Giuliani is trying to “run away” from his gun grabbing tactics.

From Rudy’s response to FDT:
“When he was mayor of a city suffering an average of almost 2,000 murders a year, he protected people by getting illegal handguns out of the hands of criminals,” the site says. “As a result, shootings fell by 72 percent and the murder rate was cut by two-thirds. But Rudy understands that what works in New York doesn’t necessarily work in Mississippi or Montana.”
Last time I checked, the 2nd amendment was the same in NY, MO, and MS. Does this mean that the rest of the constitution is different in each state? Since MS is a pretty conservative states, can we get rid of separation of church and state?

The Web site contains a video of Mr. Giuliani discussing the issue. “My position is that whatever my personal view is, the Constitution of the United States decides this,” he said in the video. “The Constitution of the United States says that you have a personal right to carry arms, to have arms.”
If he was/is so supportive of the 2nd amendment then he would have tried to get rid of the Sullivan Act in NYC while he was mayor.

Rudy knows that he has a lot to “answer for” on social issues like abortion, immigration, guns, etc. that’s why he is trying to run a very fiscally conservative campaign. He is hoping that is “overshadow” his weak positions on social issues like guns.

The thing is that for the most part FDT is the only top tier candidate that can be trusted with the 2nd amendment. The rest of the guys have somewhat shaky 2nd amendment records.

8/22/2007 1:50 AM  

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