John McCain, (N.U.)* on banning the so-called partial birth abortion:
John McCain was the first presidential candidate to respond to today's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling. "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a victory for those who cherish the sanctity of life and integrity of the judiciary," he said in a statement. "The ruling ensures that an unacceptable and unjustifiable practice will not be carried out on our innocent children. It also clearly speaks to the importance of nominating and confirming strict constructionist judges who interpret the law as it is written, and do not usurp the authority of Congress and state legislatures. As we move forward, it is critically important that our party continues to stand on the side of life."
John McCain (N.U.)*, on controlling firearms:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain declared Wednesday he believes in 'no gun control,' making the strongest affirmation of support for gun rights in the GOP field since the Virginia Tech massacre.
The Arizona senator said in Summerville, S.C., that the country needs better ways to identify dangerous people like the gunman who killed 32 people and himself in the Blacksburg, Va., rampage. But he opposed weakening gun rights and, when asked whether ammunition clips sold to the public should be limited in size, said, 'I don't think that's necessary at all.'
Rudy Giuliani (N.U.)* on banning the so-called partial birth abortion:
Giuliani said in a statement that he approves of the high court's action.
``The Supreme Court reached the correct conclusion in upholding the congressional ban on partial birth abortion. I agree with it,'' he said.
Rudy Giuliani (N.U.)* on controlling firearms:
GOP rival Rudy Giuliani, too, voiced his support for the Second Amendment on Wednesday, but not in such absolute terms. Once an advocate of strong federal gun controls, the former New York mayor said 'this tragedy does not alter the Second Amendment' while indicating he favors the right of states to pass their own restrictions.
Freedom for some, bans for others. That is how it works. And I don't care how many times I've tried to twist my brain around the idea that the very same people want no abortions, not even in self-defense by someone who is ill or has been raped, but reserve the right to shoot at others should they deem that necessary self-defense.
That combination stinks in terms of logic.
*N.U. = Never possessed a uterus.