December 18, 2007
• Giuliani for Gun Control
“Concealed” believes that it is impossible for zebra’s to take off their stripes. And while I lived in NYC under the Giuliani administration and liked most of what he did, he is, none-the-less a pro-guncontrol guy and his records speaks for itself. “Concealed”___________________________________________________
Under the gun, Giuliani supports second amendment
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DURHAM — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said that he would support the Second Amendment despite his imposition of a ban on semi-automatic handguns while mayor of New York City.
“I used the gun laws aggressively in New York. I had to and it worked well,” Giuliani said in response to a question asked during a brief campaign stop at Goss International Monday. “As president of the United States of America, I would be honor bound to uphold the second amendment.”
This was not the first time Giuliani had been confronted with his well-known stand on gun control. In an analysis of the former mayor’s position, John Velleco, director of Federal Affairs for the Gun Owners of America group indicated Giuliani had tried to extend his vision of gun control to the nation in the 1990s.
Noting the mayor’s current stance that states should have the right to choose whether to control guns and to what extent, Velleco said that position does not jibe with Giuliani’s former positions.
“If Giuliani’s gun control agenda was really limited ‘only’ to big cities, that would be disturbing enough,” Velleco said. “But the record shows that the Mayor continually tried to export his gun control agenda to the rest of the nation.”
During the forum, Giuliani restated the health care plan he first announced in July at the Governor’s Inn in Rochester. Newsday.com called it “a version of a $15,000 tax break for insurance that President George W. Bush floated earlier this year without success.”
Asked how he would insure the approximately 47 million Americans currently without any form of health insurance, Giuliani said the most important thing is to bring down the cost of that insurance.
“There’s only one way to do it if you want to reduce costs and improve quality – you need a large consumer market,” the former mayor said.
Giuliani’s plan would offer the tax break as an incentive to have individuals give up their current, employer-paid insurance in order to join his large market of consumers.
“If they can find a policy for less, they can keep the rest of the money,” Giuliani said.
A family would have to be earning a minimum of approximately $75,000 to even have a tax liability of $15,000 a year, but Giuliani chose not to talk about that Monday. However, he did recognize that a $15,000 a year insurance policy would probably have high deductibles, so he called for health care savings accounts to deal with that issue.