Thursday, September 20, 2007

Grabbing For Votes

Politicians- have they no shame at all? Rudy Guiliani goes looking for votes from people who he evidently holds in no regard.

Giuliani will go before the rank and file of the National Rifle Association on Friday, seeking support for his Republican presidential campaign from a group he once likened to "extremists" for its efforts to repeal the ban on assault weapons.

Yep, he thinks they're extremists but times have changed and now he really needs those extreme votes. And even as the NRA lets him ask for those votes, "a panel of federal judges in his home town will be hearing arguments on the lawsuit that Giuliani filed seven years ago aimed at punishing the nation's gun manufacturers for violent crimes involving firearms."

And Guiliani's people refuse to say if he ha s actually has had a real change of heart by not telling those potential voters whether or not he still supports the lawsuit. Any guesses? Well, they do refer to that old chestnut of "enforcing the laws" on the books (i.e. denying law-abiding citizens their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and the ability to effectively defend themselves from criminal predators) and there's even a very telling statement on his website-

Rudy understands that what works in New York doesn't necessarily work in Mississippi or Montana."

From this we can take that Guiliani believes that denying people their Second Amendment rights is fine in the big city- a right denied under threat of force and imprisonment or even death from law enforcement remember- but not in the wider nation; at least, not when large numbers of people who actually want their Constitution to mean something have a say in the matter.

Funny how he squares his time in New York with this-

"whatever my personal views, the Constitution of the United States decides this . . . you have a personal right to carry arms, to have arms. That personal right is as strong as the right to free speech."

If that truly is the case then why didn't he do something during his time as mayor of New York to actually allow citizens to exercise that right? And given these "personal views" of his how can we expect him to do anything but sign into law any anti-gun legislation that comes his way if he's elected? When he's President is he going to oppose another "assault weapons" ban? Or will he still continue to brand those who believe that the Second Amendment means what it says as extremists?

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