Listen to this exchange on Sean Hannity.
That’s not just a slip of the tongue. You don’t get the First and Second Amendments confused, if you are significantly personally interested in the issues associated with either one. You can just tell that Rudolph Giuliani and the Bill of Rights have not had a meaningful relationship since high school civics class about 50 years ago.
Hat tip to Brian Hughes.
John Lott review Giuliani’s dismal record on the Second Amendment here.
One personâ€™s â€œreasonable and sensibleâ€ gun laws arenâ€™t always anotherâ€™s. So when Rudy Giuliani recognizes that the Second Amendment guarantees people the right to bear arms subject to â€œreasonable and sensibleâ€ laws, it really doesnâ€™t tell us much. Yet one thing is for sure though: Giuliani is hardly a â€œstrict constructionistâ€ on constitutional matters, at least when it comes to the Second Amendment. It is a long ways from â€œshall not be infringedâ€ to â€œshall infringe whenever Congress has a â€˜reasonable and sensibleâ€™ justification.â€
For those who support the Second Amendment, the main problem is that Giuliani has rarely met a gun regulation he didnâ€™t see as â€œreasonable and sensible.â€ In 2000, he pointed out how he was â€œa very strong supporter of gun-control legislationâ€ and called for everything from federal gun-licensing and registration to banning guns based upon their price.
Only in the last couple of months has he finally gone on the record as opposing a gun law: he came out against re-imposing the assault-weapons ban. Yet he originally supported this law when it was first adopted, and he wanted it renewed as recently as 2004, when it expired.
His support for all these gun laws isnâ€™t too surprising given his belief that â€œthe single biggest connection between violent crime and an increase in violent crime is the presence of guns in your society . . . . the more guns you take out of society, the more you are going to reduce murder. The less guns you take out of society, the more it is going to go up.â€
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