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Posted by on Mar 24, 2007 in At TMV | 57 comments

Rudy Giuliani: Hypocrite Be Thy Name?


One, two three . . . 10 guns per castle is just fine

Allowing that times change and minds occasionally do too, hypocrite is a much overused word in the political lexicon.

But it is difficult to not tar presidential wannabe Rudy Giuliani with that label because of his mad dash from being a darling of gun control advocates to a suck-up to the anti-gun control crowd that dominates the Republican Party.

New York’s tough gun-control laws are a big reason that the Big Apple has gone from being a crime-ridden urban wasteland in the 1980s to a remarkably safe place with one of the lowest big-city murder rates, and Giuliani can take major responsibility for that happening because he tirelessly crusaded for gun control during his two terms as mayor from 1994-2001.

Whereas Giuliani once advocated sweeping federal gun-control laws, he now says that should be up to the states.

I have nothing against personal possession of a limited number of firearms in one’s castle (ie., a man’s home is his castle), but too many states have pitifully weak firearm laws that pretty much allow people to buy and have as many guns as they want, as many kinds of guns as they want, and to pack heat just about anywhere they want.

Worst yet, Giuliani has gone weak in the knees over support of the most sensible of control-control legislation — an assault weapons ban.

More here on Giuliani’s conversion. Click here for Born in the USA: Bang, Bang You’re Dead, an essay on gun control, and here for Crime & Punishment: A Tale of Two Cities, which explores why murder rates have been going down in New York City but have been going up in Philadelphia.

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