Skip to comments.Rudy on gun control: "You've got to REGULATE consistent with the Second Amendment"
Posted on 02/07/2007 2:40:44 PM PST by Jim Robinson
HANNITY: Let me move on. And the issue of guns has come up a lot. When people talk about Mayor Giuliani, New York City had some of the toughest gun laws in the entire country. Do you support the right of people to carry handguns?
GIULIANI: I understand the Second Amendment. I support it. People have the right to bear arms. When I was mayor of New York, I took over at a very, very difficult time. We were averaging about 2,000 murders a year, 10,000...
HANNITY: You inherited those laws, the gun laws in New York?
GIULIANI: Yes, and I used them. I used them to help bring down homicide. We reduced homicide, I think, by 65-70 percent. And some of it was by taking guns out of the streets of New York City.
So if you're talking about a city like New York, a densely populated area like New York, I think it's appropriate. You might have different laws other places, and maybe a lot of this gets resolved based on different states, different communities making decisions. After all, we do have a federal system of government in which you have the ability to accomplish that.
HANNITY: So you would support the state's rights to choose on specific gun laws?
GIULIANI: Yes, I mean, a place like New York that is densely populated, or maybe a place that is experiencing a serious crime problem, like a few cities are now, kind of coming back, thank goodness not New York, but some other cities, maybe you have one solution there and in another place, more rural, more suburban, other issues, you have a different set of rules.
HANNITY: But generally speaking, do you think it's acceptable if citizens have the right to carry a handgun?
GIULIANI: It's not only -- I mean, it's part of the Constitution. People have the right to bear arms. Then the restrictions of it have to be reasonable and sensible. You can't just remove that right. You've got to regulate, consistent with the Second Amendment.
HANNITY: How do you feel about the Brady bill and assault ban?
GIULIANI: I was in favor of that as part of the crime bill. I was in favor of it because I thought that it was necessary both to get the crime bill passed and also necessary with the 2,000 murders or so that we were looking at, 1,800, 1,900, to 2,000 murders, that I could use that in a tactical way to reduce crime. And I did.
He says he understands the constitution and the second amendment and knows that the right to bear arms is constitutional, and that he can't just TAKE AWAY our rights, so he feels he CAN and MUST REGULATE them away.
"The restrictions of it have to be reasonable and sensible." Reasonable and sensible restrictions? Restrictions are infringement!
What part of the people's right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED does he NOT understand?
REGULATE AWAY THE RKBA? NOT ON MY WATCH!!
Apparently he fails to understand only the part that is in English. More reason for us to insist on English as the official language of the U.S.
I'm not a one issue voter, but the second amendment is one of several good litmus tests.
Does the candidate fear armed citizens? If so, why?
Should citizens rights be limited by what criminals 'might' do?
Does the candidate recognize that he is a citizen just like the rest of us, or is he a 'special case' that needs more protection than the rest of us?
He's "electable", that's all that matters around here.
You make me proud Jim!
BTW, that was taken at the "Support the Troops" rally in Crawford Texas. I was very hot that day.
What I found most pathetic about this interview was that Hannity was supposed to be asking the questions, but in many of them he ended up answering them for Rudy Giuliani in the course of asking them. This occurred quite a few times over the course of the interview.
I heard it and wondered when somebody would get the transcript and post it.
Disgusting isn't it?
Not on mine, either.
He just doesn't get it. The best way to solve a "crime problem" is to leave the crooks wondering who is armed and who is not. It does wonders to reduce rapes, assaults, and break-ins.
He blatantly backed one of the most liberal individuals in American politics.
If only Giuliani supporters would keep that fact in mind when they listen to him talk about gun control. He will NOT be a laissez-faire chief law enforcement officer when it comes to gun control. He will be aggressive and hands-on. Big city prosecutors despise guns and distrust ordinary citizens who have them.
When Giuliani says he won't take guns away, he'll just regulate them, it is akin to a criminal informing you he won't kill you, he'll just beat you so severely you'll wish you were dead.
Hannity is a sycophant who will kiss-ass to any person with name recognition that will stop to tell him off. However, his interview with Mary Carey still makes me laugh.
Don't vote for the Republican candidate in the primary just because he is electable. Electable got us Gerald Ford! Electable got us Bob Dole! Vote for the right-wing kook. That's RONALD REAGAN!!
And I might add, electable got us Arnie. It's not working for California and it won't work for America!
Woo hoo!! LOL
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