Rudy Flip-Flops on Guns
Rudy Giuliani once again re-invents himself to cater to the Republican conservative base. Now he's flip-flopping on gun rights.
As Mayor of New York:
He spoke in favor of a licensing system for gun owners that would require trigger locks and firearms training, and he lobbied Congress to outlaw most military-style assault weapons. He was the only Republican mayor to join a lawsuit by dozens of cities against the gun industry, and he complained that Southern states had lax gun laws that fed the illegal weapons trade in the Northeast.
In his current attempt at recarnation as a presidential contender, he's reversed course:
Mr. Giuliani now talks very differently about guns as he tries to allay the concerns of Republican primary voters. He says he supports the right of individuals to bear arms, and that states — and generally not the federal government — should decide whether to put some limits on that right. He also spoke in favor of a federal appeals court ruling this month that struck down a District of Columbia ordinance barring people from keeping handguns in their homes.
It matters not that I agree with his current views on gun rights. I'm a big supporter of the belief that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to bear arms.
The point is the man is a weasel. He'll change his positions to get votes. What that means is that he can't be trusted. A law and order crime-fighter and basher of civil liberties like Rudy Giuliani doesn't change his stripes after leaving behind his career as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As Mayor of New York, he reveled in his new power to trash the civil liberties of the poor. Of course, the rich among you applauded his cleaning up Times Sqaure.
Did you ever think about where he put the polite squeegee cleaners, the street vendors and anyone else he felt impeded his vision of New York as a safer place for tourists?
This man has no single policy view he wouldn't ditch in a New York Minute to reach his next goal.
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