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
Hmm - "shall not be infringed" sounds reasonable and sensible enough to me. Rudy seems to have a little reading comprehension problem with respect to the Constitution. A lot of legislators seem to have a similar problem - to them the purpose of government is to regulate the citizen and law is simply a means of effecting this process. It's a matter of perspective - to a stable boy the world is a stable full of crap. The problem is that the legislator wants us all to live in his.
February 12 deadline to turn in or remove shotguns and others from Cook County, Ill
I was OK with his abortion reply, and war on terror stuff. His gun stance is unacceptable and his border control stance only slightly less so.
Rudy's stance on the Second Amendment is the primary reason I will never cast my vote for him. Gun control (AWB, ammo taxes, "arsenal licenses," .50 cal ban, "Sniper Weapon (scoped rifle) Ban, et ecetera ad nauseum)is more likely to get passed in a Rudy presidency than a Hillary one because I think the Senate and House Dims will show more restraint on gun control legislation for Hilliary than Rudy.
Dims know that if Rudy is steady signing gun bans and such, the Republican base will be eroded for many years, possibly decades. On the other hand, even the dims understand that if a dim-Senate and a dim-House pass the AWB and other gun laws and these laws are signed by Hilliary, the dims will likely lose the House, Senate, and Presidency next election cycle.
So, here I am back at Duncan Hunter?
If the Dems were to pass legislation that put severe restrictions on handgun ownership and/or concealed carry, could we trust Rudy to veto it?
I sincerely doubt it. He has expressed glowing support for such laws in the past.
Gee, Chrissy Matthews of Hardball likes him. Makes me want to go out and vote for him. NOT! (From an appearance on Imus)
"Matthews, the fast-talking and brash host of the popular MSNBC show "Hardball, was praising former New York City mayor Rudy Giulianis 2008 candidacy when he went on a rant about "city guys like Giuliani versus the "southerners, such as President George W. Bush, who run for national office"
If it had been anyone else posting this, Jim, they'd be clobbered by the Gulianiacs. Thanks for posting this. (Bookmarked)
So you think seven year olds, the mentally ill, the severely retarded, and convicted felons ought to be able legally own and carry a firearm? Do you believe a business has the right to prohit anyone carrying a firearm from entering their premises? How about a church or government office?
Molon Labe, Rudy.
I bet Howard Stern probably had a more interesting interview with Mary Carey.
if it was between Rudy and Shrillary, I think,,, I think,,, I think,,,I think,,, I guess,,,, life just isn't fair!
Full agreement here.
Rudy is a poseur, plain and simple.
The NSSF blasted Rudy yesterday and I'm sure the NRA is not far behind. Once the "purist single issue" voters merge in opposition I think Mr. mayor not win the nomination. Duncan Hunter 2008!
But, but, you'll end up with Hillary.
Where are all of the Rudybots? Hahahah
It's like choosing between being buried up to your chin in cow dung, or strapped to a hill of fire ants.
I'll leave it to the reader to decide which is which.
An armed society is a polite society.
Rudy seems to be trying to open the door for the left's arguments on the Second Amendment.
In my opinion he is wrong.
The second amendment is NOT there to establish the government's power to "regulate" -- it is there to make clear that the government does NOT have that power.
(Laughing until tears come to my eyes!)
He better not take away my right to protect my family.
I grew up in Seattle, where crime is rampant.
When I moved to Wyoming there was hardly any crime and still with an influx of folks moving here, we still have VERY few home break ins.
Thats because nearly everyone is armed to the teeth. Noone wants to enter a house and get shot!
Funny how that works isnt it?
Yes...we all remember the flame-fests here over the recall...and the pragmatists won out...to what end?
Schwarzenegger has turned out to be more liberal than Gray Davis.
When we abandon our principles for power, we ultimately end up with neither.