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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Giuliani now strong supporter of Second Amendment (and I'm the Easter Bunny)

What a load off my mind--I just read that Rudy Giuliani, presently the Republican front-runner for president, has a healthy reverence for the Constitution, including the Second Amendment. Hmm--why can't I shake some niggling doubts, though?

Could it have something to do with the fact that the best indicator of future behavior is past behavior? Could it be related to the fact that during his administration, New York City sued not only gun manufacturers, but holster manufacturers, as well? Could it have something to do with this (from the first link):

. . . who as mayor endorsed the Brady gun bill and praised former Democratic President Bill Clinton's work on gun control.
But now (at least while he's trying to talk Southerners into supporting him for the Republican presidential nomination), he sings a different tune.
Giuliani, on a Dixie swing that includes Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, assured the crowd here that his strict interpretation of the Constitution demands that he support the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

"What your friends are probably concerned about is my history as mayor of New York City, because I enforced the gun laws in New York very aggressively," Giuliani said. "I did it because I had a city [where] crime was way out of control. It was destroying the fabric of our society."
So, because of crime (committed, obviously, by criminals), he enforced laws--laws that he now says he would not support, because of the Constitution (was the Constitution suspended during his mayoral term?)--that don't affect criminals (because laws are only obeyed by the law-abiding). If I were trying to make that argument, I guess I would be sweating, too.

Giuliani has maintained he hasn't changed his position. He said yesterday gun laws in his administration wouldn't be much different than they are now.
Not "much different than they are now," eh? Not exactly a ringing endorsement of a shall not be infringed take on the right to keep and bear arms.
Sullivan [the college student who asked Giuliani if he planned to take away our guns] said he was satisfied with Giuliani's response: "I don't want felons to have the guns, and as long as he's a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I can support him," he said.

Although Sullivan arrived with an Ann Coulter book in hand and a liking for still-undeclared candidate Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, "I'm more leaning toward Rudy now," he said.
Kid, if that is enough to satisfy you, I would like to offer you a great deal on a pair of breeding mules.


Anonymous said...

Scooter Libby is a felon. So we can't trust him with a firearm? I'd love for someone to ask Mr. Giuliani (D-NY) that question.

Or should we actually specify the crimes that indicate high risk, and cross our fingers that the fantasy of the preemptive justice system is actually real, and effective enough to pinpoint a criminal right before he commits a crime, and efficient enough to arrive on the scene exactly at the moment when he is beginning to commit the crime, but no damage has been done.

Of course, we want to make sure that the system is perfectly precise, or we'd be wasting time and money persuing non-criminals (and thereby allowing real criminals more time to commit crimes). We also want to make sure that the timing is right to the tenth of a second, so we can actually demonstrate his intent to a jury and put him away, and accurate enough so tens of millions of people don't have their liberties stomped and ground into the dirt based on the misdeeds of tens of thousands of goblins.

Anonymous said...

Also: This press goes out and finds the one guy to verify their world view. There was probably a guy standing right next to him with a big sign that said Stop Disarmament Now.

Come on, even Jim Zumbo stood his ground longer when he was under attack. People generally don't respond like this unless they're under the influence of sodium pentathol.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. And I have a deed to the Golden Gate Bridge I'm letting go cheap, too!

Don said...

I, too, am relieved, as well as surprisingly credulous. Feels good, right?

me said...

I believe this is what he means...

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws...you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt." -Ayn Rand

Anonymous said...

HH, you have quoted one of my favorite philosophers. Some think she was just a writer, but they are shallow thinkers and of no consequence.

Oh yeah, she was right on. She knew for she had lived prior to our country heading down that path.

Anonymous said...

She knew it,for she had lived it prior to our country heading down that path.

What I meant to say. Duh!

PBH said...

Rudy Giuliani or Vampire Ghouliani?

me said...

bush is a monkey, ghouliani is the undead...this is going to get ugly in the next year, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

As someone who actually lived in NYC during Mayor Giuliani's time as Mayor, Let me assure you that his 'stance' on the Second Amendment is merely tangental to his overall theory of leadership. Simply put, he honestly believes that he is In Charge, and anything that challenges that needs to be destroyed. He regularly overstepped his authority and used City assets to squelch criticism, such that by the time he left office, he was 0-for-14 on First Amendment lawsuits alone. Make no mistake, he'll take your guns in a heartbeat; there is no way he can tolerate people who both disagree with him and have the means to enforce it. He will absolutely conduct himself in a way that will make us all forget Waco and Ruby Ridge. He is in fact more dangerous that Hillary Clinton could ever be, as strange as that might sound on first reading, as his actions will be wrapped in Law And Order instead of a political agenda.