FLORIDA, January 22, 2013 — The debate over gun control has thoroughly swept our country in wake of Sandy Hook.
It often seems that those speaking loudest about the Second Amendment or possible firearm regulations have the least to say. When the usual band of pundits, shock jocks, and lobbying groups swoop in with their “commentary”, it can become very different to discern fact from fiction.
Ed Koch was the mayor of New York City for three terms. During this time, he became internationally known for his distinct managerial style. Tackling a myriad of issues which plagued the Big Apple, from out of control crime rates to runaway budgets, his track record of public service speaks for itself.
Recently, he shared his ever-controversial opinions regarding gun control.
Joseph F. Cotto: While gun control has always been a contentious issue, not so long ago political support for it was far more widespread. Why do you believe that the times have changed?
Mayor Ed Koch: The most recent killing of 20 children – 6 to 7 years old – in Newtown, Connecticut, has galvanized the public, now demanding action.
Cotto: For twelve years, you were the mayor of New York City. During this time, what did you find was the most effective method of curbing gun violence?
Mayor Koch: I believe mandatory prison sentences for having an illegal gun, and doubling a prison sentence for using a gun during the commission of a crime, are most helpful.
Cotto: The Second Amendment is subject to a plethora of interpretations. Do you believe that it can reasonably be construed as allowing for the ownership of all firearms?
Mayor Koch: The U.S. Supreme Court has made clear gun possession cannot be outlawed, but can be subject to reasonable regulations limiting firepower of weapons sold, as well as precluding from possession felons and the mentally ill.
Cotto: In your opinion, what is the most effective form of firearm regulation?
Mayor Koch: I believe both New York City and New York State have made major contributions to gun regulation; New York State within the past week.
Cotto: Do you believe that the Sandy Hook shooting will substantially change our country’s dialogue over gun control?
Mayor Koch: Yes
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