October 27, 2007

Rudy Giuliani on Gun control/gun rights

Posted in Politically Speaking tagged at 5:05 am by Rid

As mayor of New York, Giuliani was a proponent of urban gun control, but, while running for President, has stated that he thinks differently about more mid-west environments.

Views on Urban gun control

During his time in the United States Department of Justice in the early 1980s, Giuliani said that a mandatory waiting period before purchasing a handgun was “sensible and moderate”.[76]

As Mayor of New York, Giuliani became a nationally visible figure in favor of national gun control measures, beginning with an appearance on Meet the Press in late 1993.[76] He was in favor of the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.[48]

Giuliani and then-president Bill Clinton exchanged warm letters in 1994 that dealt with support for the assault weapons ban. Clinton wrote to Giuliani in a May 6, 1994 letter: “Thank you very much for your efforts on behalf of H.R. 4296, the assault weapons ban.” Clinton continued:

“With your support and encouragement, the U.S. House of Representatives took a critical step toward getting assault weapons off the streets, out of neighborhoods, and out of the hands of criminals.”

Clinton further said that he was “grateful” for Giuliani’s “dedicated” support of the legislation.

On May 31, 1994 Giuliani replied, “Thank you for your autographed photo and kind note.” He added, “Please know that you have my continued support for this crucial legislation.” An October 13 letter thanked Clinton for a signing pen and said, “I look forward to continuing to work with you to reduce crime . . . .”[77]

He appeared on the Charlie Rose Show in 1995 and compared the National Rifle Association with “extremists.” He said that the anti-gun control positions of many Republicans are “terrible for states and cities. They’re terrible for America.” After pointing to NYPD gun seizures and reductions of homicides and shootings in particular. He added that can New York City can “only so far, unless the federal government passes a law that keeps the 90 percent of guns from coming into New York from outside New York, helps us get control over that.”[78][79][80]

In February 1997 a gunman opened fire from atop the Empire State Building hitting seven people, killing one of these persons. Giuliani blamed lax gun laws for the shooting: “It should be as difficult to get a gun in Florida as it is in New York City.” [81] In 1997, while the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect, he called for a stricter federal ban on assault weapons and for handgun registration on the federal level.[82] He also endorsed President Bill Clinton‘s proposals for more stringent federal gun-licensing requirements,[83] “I applaud the President’s [Clinton’s] proposals, and I will support them any way I can.” In the same speech he said, “. . . we may be able to find some sort of meaning in this tragedy [the Empire State Building shooting] by using it as a catalyst to revive national gun control efforts.” [84]

Beginning in 1997, he regularly criticized states in the Southern United States for having permissive laws on gun sales, that fed an illegal movement of guns into New York City; he said that 60 percent of guns found in New York came from Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas.[76] He endorsed amendments to city laws requiring gun owners to use trigger locks and prohibiting guns within a thousand feet of schools.[76]

In a newspaper article, published, March 21, 2000, Giuliani was quoted advocating a mandatory written test for gun owners: “I do not think the government should cut off the right to bear arms. My position for many years has been that just as a motorist must have a license, a gun owner should be required to have one as well. Anyone wanting to own a gun should have to pass a written exam that shows that they know how to use a gun, that they’re intelligent enough and responsible enough to handle a gun.” [85]

On June 20, 2000, the City of New York filed a lawsuit against gun manufacturers and distributors. Giuliani accused gun companies of “deliberately manufacturing many more firearms than can be bought for the legitimate purposes of hunting and law enforcement.” Giuliani also said, “This lawsuit is meant to end the free pass that gun industry has enjoyed for a very, very long time…. The more guns you take out of society, the more you are going to reduce murder.” [86][87][48][88][89] The lawsuit remains active.[90] During his abortive run for the New York Senate seat in 2000, he advocated a uniform national standard for all gun owners and supported legislation that gave New York State the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.[76]

According to Gun Owners of America (GOA), Rudy’s position of “Disarming citizens because they live in a high crime area is taking away the most effective means of self-defense from the people who need it most. Creating mandatory victims is no way to fight a crime problem.” GOA further expressed significant concerns that “If Giuliani’s gun control agenda was really limited ‘only’ to big cities, that would be disturbing enough. But the record shows that the Mayor continually tried to export his gun control agenda to the rest of the nation.” [91]

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