No 2nd Amendment? No Giuliani.

TOC has expressed skepticism regarding Rudy Giuliani’s support for the Second Amendment here and here. Particularly, we have accused him of being the progenitor of Mayor Bloomberg’s illegal entrapment operations outside the bounds of New York City.

Reason magazine demonstrates that Bloomberg’s activities are indeed Giuliani’s legacy. Read the whole thing, but here are some excerpts.

Despite his promise to appoint “strict constructionists” to the Supreme Court if he is elected president, Rudy Giuliani recently said he has no interest in overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that discovered a previously unnoticed constitutional right to abortion. Offending social conservatives (and strict constructionists) even further, he told CNN this constitutional right may require government financing of abortions for women who otherwise cannot afford them.

Since Giuliani also claims to support “the right to bear arms” (a right that is actually mentioned in the Constitution), he should, by similar logic, advocate the use of taxpayer money to buy guns for poor people. But the idea would never occur to him, because his sudden interest in the Second Amendment, like his sudden interest in strict constructionism, is merely an affectation intended to allay the concerns of Republican primary voters.

…Giuliani sought to impose restrictions throughout the country indirectly by filing a lawsuit that blames firearm manufacturers and distributors for criminal use of their products. The suit demands changes in the way guns are made and sold that would affect their cost and availability nationwide.

Giuliani explained the rationale for the lawsuit during a June 2000 radio show: “We are dealing with a problem that is foisted on the city by the rest of the country….95 percent of the guns in New York City can be traced to someplace outside the city…A lot of the problems in New York City are caused by very, very lax regulations…outside the city.” So much for letting each city or state go its own way on gun control.

Sorry, Rudy. You won’t get my vote.

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