August 22nd, 2007
10:05 AM ET
7 years ago

Thompson slams New York, Giuliani over gun laws

Thompson took a dig at his future GOP rival Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – He's not even an official presidential candidate yet, but former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson took a not-so-subtle dig at White House frontrunner Rudy Giuliani Tuesday, slamming New York City's gun laws on his Web site.

The former "Law & Order" star criticized how the city Giuliani once led tries to "force its ways on the rest of us," and railed against "the same activist judge from Brooklyn who provided Mayor Giuliani with the legal ruling it sought to sue gun makers" for allowing the city to "sue out of state gun stores."

Thompson went on to argue an increase in gun ownership rates leads to a decrease in crime, and reinforced his pledge to appoint conservative judges to the courts "who apply the law as written."

Katie Levinson, a spokeswoman for the former New York City mayor's campaign, was quick to respond to Thompson's charges saying, "Those who live in New York in the real world – not on TV – know that Rudy Giuliani's record of making the city safe for families speaks for itself. No amount of political theater will change that."

Thompson's comments were his most pointed jab yet at a potential GOP rival and the latest sign he is an all-but-declared presidential candidate. Officially though, Thompson is only "testing the waters" - a legal distinction with the Federal Election Commission that prevents him from actively campaigning for the presidential nomination. The former actor is expected to jump into the race early next month. (Related: FEC complaint filed against Thompson)

Giuliani, who leads in most national presidential polls, is also the target of rival Mitt Romney's new radio ad, in which the former Massachusetts governor slams cities with what he calls "sanctuary" for illegal immigrants specifically "Newark, San Francisco and New York City."

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Dan, Columbia MD

    The comments by the liberal anti-gun crowd are hilarious.

    The problem is not guns but lack of proper training by those who own and use them.

    What's next for the anti-gun libs? Ban cars because of drunk drivers? How about restricting martial arts to the military and law enforcement? Knives are dangerous. Maybe we shouldn't have those either. We can all use sporks.

    There are times I think the socialist liberals in this country will not be happy until we live in a nanny state where we need the government's permission to blow our own noses.

    August 22, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    "activist judges" eh? More conservative talking points for the lowest base audience. Yeah, I suppose you need their votes. After all, they are a big part of our population.

    Gonna end womens' rights of choice, too, eh Fred? Have everyone carrying automatic rifles and millions more unwanted babies to grow up to be targets for trigger-happy yokels to shoot in "self defense"?

    August 22, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Try telling that to my wife when you break into our house..

    If I broke into your house my gun would already be in my hand. The odds are real good that she would get shot first.

    August 22, 2007 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Sorry, Freddy, but you're a little late.

    Your platform of pro-lfe (even though you lobbied for PRO-CHOICE causes earlier in your career), pro-2nd Amendment (NO ONE cares) was better suited for past elections, NOT this one.

    Think this guy will just get bored in the middle of a debate and say "F this I am out of here"?

    August 22, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    I have no worries about the possiblities of this guy being the republican candiate. He is sooooo boring.

    Not only is he behind the times he is an extremely dull speaker. He will put everyone to sleep. Just because someone is tall and has enough acting chops to pull of acting presidential does not mean he will be good at being president.

    August 22, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    I tried to watch his speech to the V.A. and I was so bored by him I turned it off half way through.

    He obviously wants money and endorsement from the NRA, so he'll play up the fact that people who get guns from badly oversighted gunshows and other shady means supported by the gun industry shouldn't be able to sue.

    Welcome to George Bush's America Part II.

    This guy should go back to SAG because he's sagging [....].

    August 22, 2007 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. David, Salinas, CA

    I’ve talked to a lot of liberals and never met one that wanted to repeal the second amendment. I’ve talked to a lot of conservatives and never met one that wanted to legalize private ownership of tactical nuclear warheads. Once we’ve agreed on those points, everything else is deciding where we draw the line.

    Out here in the west we like our guns, and we aren’t too likely to give them up to anybody. On the other hand, we did have a pretty famous lawman who kept the peace by banning firearms in the city limits. His name was Wyatt Earp.

    August 22, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Rob

    I'll Bet here is something you never knew about ol' Freddy Boy back in his Nixon Aid Days….

    The day before Senate Watergate Committee minority counsel Fred Thompson made the inquiry that launched him into the national spotlight — asking an aide to President Nixon whether there was a White House taping system — he telephoned Nixon's lawyer.
    Thompson tipped off the White House that the committee knew about the taping system and would be making the information public. In his all-but-forgotten Watergate memoir, "At That Point in Time," Thompson said he acted with "no authority" in divulging the committee's knowledge of the tapes, which provided the evidence that led to Nixon's resignation. It was one of many Thompson leaks to the Nixon team. …

    "Thompson was a mole for the White House … Fred was working hammer and tong to defeat the investigation of finding out what happened to authorize Watergate and find out what the role of the president was."

    August 22, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    I really hope Thompson wins the Republican nomination...it would be fun smashing another neo conservative right wing into the ground next year. :)

    August 23, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
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