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.
Trouble is, the man who once spoke out forcefully on handgun control at a Washington, D.C., rally (see photo) with Senator Charles Schumer and James Brady, who was shot in the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, is playing to the lowest common Republican denominators in his long shot bid (in my view, anyway) to take over the White House.
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.
Photograph by David Scull/The New York Times