Monday, March 14, 2005

Ron Gidwitz, possible Republican Guv Candidate.

Tonight’s [March 14] City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” features Ron Gidwitz [R- Chicago], a possible Guv candidate in the March 2006 Republican Primary. The show airs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV]. A partial transcript is included, below. For a supplemental partial transcript, see the blog entry to the right or below titled, "Ron Gidwitz on this week in the suburbs."
Jeff Berkowitz: … Guns, Gays, God, Abortion, all the social issues. Is that going to be a significant factor, especially in the Republican Primary?

Ron Gidwitz: It’s generally an issue in the Republican Primary, far less so in the General Election.

Berkowitz: Guns, are you a big gun control person?

Gidwitz: Not a big gun control person. I think, quite frankly, there are probably enough rules and laws on the books.

Berkowitz: So, right now, [you would] enforce them, [but] no more laws?

Gidwitz: I cerainly wouldn‘t pass any more laws.

Berkowitz: The assault weapon ban. It was phased out at the federal level. Some people think that Illinois should have its own ban on assault weapons. Do you agree?

Gidwitz: Well, I think that an assault weapon ban is appropriate. By the same token, I think it is almost impossible to enforce.

Berkowitz: So, you wouldn’t bother trying to legislate it?

Gidwitz: Well, I think it would not be a high issue on my agenda?

Berkowitz: Guns in the City of Chicago…they are banned… you can’t possess—you could own a gun but you couldn’t possess it in the City of Chicago, is that right? It would be illegal.

Gidwitz: That’s correct.

Berkowitz: And, if you did, what? Could you be arrested?

Gidwitz: I believe you can.

Berkowitz: Do you think that’s right? Do you think people who live in unsafe areas should have a right to protect themselves from somebody who comes into their house waving a gun at them?

Gidwitz: I thnk that people ought to be entitled to own a gun in their house.

Berkowitz: So you differ from the Mayor on that?

Gidwitz: I do differ –

Berkowitz: Have you told him that?

Gidwitz: No, I have not told him that.

Berkowitz: Would you, if he asked and you were sitting down like this—would you tell Mayor Daley he should change that law?

Gidwitz: I would tell him that I don’t agree with him. By the same token, I don’t believe we ought to have a concealed weapon. People ought not carry concealed weapons on the street.

Berkowitz: Even though the studies seem to show that it improves safety. And, 31 states have some form of concealed carry. Are they all wrong?

Gidwitz: I don’t know. That’s one of the things we want to explore.

Berkowitz: You are not persuaded by the studies?

Gidwitz: I haven’t seen the studies yet. That’s one of the reasons we have an exploratory—

Berkowitz: You have read John Lott [author of] “More guns, less crime.” You have read that book?

Gidwitz: I have not.

Berkowitz: Are you going to rush out and read it right now?

Gidwitz: I am. As soon as we are out of here.
Ron Gidwitz(R), a possible Guv candidate in the March 2006 Republican Primary, recorded on February 27, 2005 and as is airing on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs tonight, March 14 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21.
Ron Gidwitz (R) debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz growing the number of jobs in Illinois, spending, taxes, pledges, Pay to Play, school choice, “Students First,” Helene Curtis, guns, assault weapon bans, tort and medical malpractice reform, abortion, corruption, Mayor Daley, Governor Blagojevich, Attorney General Madigan and much, much more.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at