Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Rudy flips on guns?

I caught this small blurb in the Manchester Union Leader.

Giuliani supports the Second Amendment, and he said there should be no additions to current federal firearms controls. "There should only be restrictions (on the right-to-bear arms) that are constitutionally reasonable and that should be largely determined on a state-by-state basis." He said current federal restrictions strike an "adequate" balance

I find his stance hard to believe. If he was simply enforcing NYC gun laws as mayor, that's one thing. However, he initiated frivolous lawsuits against firearms manufacturers. That's unacceptable and then some.

He's going to have a show a lot more than this to gain the trust of gun owners.


Bachbone said...

He'll have a lot of 'splainin' to do. Since he found it convenient to ignore the Constitution on the Second Amendment, might he not find it convenient to ignore some other portion of it if "the ends justify [his] means?" I'm open to the possibility of voting for him if he can convince me he's had a legitimate change of heart, but I'm not holding my breath.

Keith Richards said...

I've heard a lot of people say they support the 2A only to go on and say things like "assault weapons" should be banned, gun shows should be banned, .50 caliber should be banned, high powered ammo should be banned, etc . . . .

I don't trust candidates on this issue unless they can provide some convincing specific evidence about their pro-2A beliefs. Even if they say they won't sign any new gun control legislation, all it takes is another Columbine type incident and all of a sudden the campaign promises are forgotten. Politicians don't need much of an excuse to flip flog so it is important that they REALLY believe in the 2A and not just mouth promises that get them into office.

It is too bad that Giuliani is not more conservative. With his strong leadership skills, proven fiscal conservatism, and high positive name recognition he would have been a good candidate. Just too bad. Maybe we could get someone like Duncan Hunter in the Presidential slot and make Giuliani the V.P. to balance the ticket.

I heard on Rush today that McPain (excuse me, I meant 'McCain') is in hot water again because Kerry is claiming that McCain approached him about the Democrat V.P. spot in 2004. Not that Kerry has any credibility with me, but McCain's history of stabbing the Republican party in the back is now coming back to haunt him.

Keith Richards said...

I see in today's news that the MA Governor wants to enact new gun laws to reduce crime. Yeah, you heard me right. MA, which already has the most draconian anti-gun laws in the U.S., wants to make it harder to buy them. Maybe somebody should help him to notice that the states with the lowest crime rates tend to be the states with the least restrictive gun laws. New gun laws just punish law abiding citizens and make it easier for criminals, who don't care about gun laws because they ignore them, to terrorize a population that is largely disarmed.