Thursday, March 29, 2007


Those of you that will be voting in the Republican primary should remember this clip as you step into the booth. Whether the next President has a (D) or (R) next to their name matters little. What matters is their dedication to preserving your rights.

On his campaign website, Giuliani writes this as his position on the 2nd Amendment:
Rudy Giuliani is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. When he was Mayor of a city suffering an average of almost 2000 murders a year, he protected people by getting illegal handguns out of the hands of criminals.

Here's the problem: Giuliani's method was not just to take handguns away from criminals. He took it several steps further and sued most of the firearms industry.

He seems to wish to sit on both sides of the fence. On one hand, he says he believes in the 2nd Amendment. On the other hand, his support for that right appears to be limited to certain uses of firearms; ie, he supports the use of guns when hunting, or by law enforcement - but appears to firmly believe that Americans should be restricted in owning a gun for self defense.

Fortunately, the lawsuit was effectively ended after President Bush signed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005.

Beyond the lawsuit, New York requires a license to own a handgun. Not just to carry one concealed - to own one. If you wish to own a handgun, and keep it IN YOUR HOME - prepare to apply for a license. The license may take up to 6 months to be processed. Furthermore, the decision of whether or not you will be granted a license is solely up to the licensing officer. If you are denied a license, the denial can only be overturned in court by proving that the denial was "arbitrary and capricious."

The 2nd Amendment is clear: your right shall not be infringed. I see no difference in New York charging $439 for a handgun license, and the poll tax which was eliminated with the 24th Amendment.

Don't let the Republican label fool you - Giuliani is no friend to gun owners.

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