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Supreme Court Justice Talks Candidly About Rewriting the Constitution

Ken Blackwell | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

Justice John Paul Stevens doesn't believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his pr...

Gun Violence in America: The Continuing Tragedy

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 08.10.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Because apparently this tragic shooting did not involve enough victims, the news media gave it ho-hum coverage, I guess because this kind of mass murder is just so everyday, these days.

The Myth of the Law-Abiding Gun

Mark Osler | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Mark Osler

A bipartisan cadre in the Senate has now rejected a very reasonable expansion of background checks for gun purchases, largely in the name of "law abiding gun owners."

Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Take Note of What Reagan and Scalia Had to Say

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

President Obama himself recognizes the need for a rational middle ground and urges "advocates of gun control... to do a little more listening." Fair enough. But those on the gun rights side of the debate would be well advised start by listening to none other than Ronald Reagan.

The Supreme Court Ruling on Guns; There Is Something for Both Sides in the Culture War Over Gun Control

David Ropeik | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Gun control advocates criticize the ruling, yet selectively fail to acknowledge or try to take political advantage of the ways it gives them the legal ammunition to accomplish much of what they want.

For 2013, Let's Ban Cars and Guns

Gavin Magrath | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Gavin Magrath

No one is suggesting we ban all cars -- and no one is suggesting we ban all guns. Pretending all regulation is equivalent to a ban is a classic false dichotomy: a total ban is not the only alternative to the status quo.

The Truth About Israel's Gun Laws

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 12.20.2012 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

"Guns aren't the issue. Look at Israel. They've got lots of guns and little gun-related violence." There's only one problem with this argument: It's not true. So the next time someone tells you that, "Israel shows we don't need gun control," here's what to tell them.

As Gunmen Continue to Terrorize Our Public Places, the Courts Continue to Weaken Our Gun Laws

Brian Levin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Must we treat the Constitution, and its Second Amendment, as static and sacrosanct, as the bloodshed spirals onward? From a historical perspective, the answer is no.

Constitution Check: Is There a Constitutional Right to "Stand Your Ground"?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

As of now, "stand your ground" laws are a matter of state law only, but could in time provide the means to implement a right nationwide if self-defense were ultimately to emerge as a guaranteed right under the Constitution.

D.C. Ordered To Pay $1M In Historic Gun Case

AP | JESSICA GRESKO | Posted 02.28.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that wa...

Campuses Just Say 'No' to Guns

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Robert J. Spitzer

College campuses are places of learning, not the Hobbesian world suggested by gun carry advocates. No good argument can be made that gun-carrying civilians would improve objective safety.

On Guns: Tucson Shows Two Visions of America

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Those who own guns and those who do not, to a surprising degree, have the same vision for America. After Tucson, is it too much to ask for a modicum of courage from Congress, and the President, to make that vision a reality?

The NRA's Courtroom Craziness

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In the delusional world of the NRA's leaders, people can be divided into good guys and bad -- and the good guys never commit violent acts. In that world it follows that we should simply arm the good guys so they can shoot back at the bad guys. For the NRA, this "logic" applies just as well to teenagers as to adults. Back on planet Earth, we understand that far too many 18 year olds who appear to be "good" actually will do some very bad things, and creating a constitutional right for teenagers to carry concealed weapons is nothing but lunacy.

Future of Guns Laws After McDonald

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Even after the landmark Supreme Court decisions that gave individuals across the country a right to have a gun in the home for self-defense, the gun lobby still isn't happy.

Passing the Sword

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Two summers ago, I blogged with great concern about a statement made by Justice Scalia in the Supreme Court's landmark Second Amendment opinion, District of Columbia v. Heller. Since the Heller decision, many gun rights commentators have used Scalia's construct to link the need for unfettered access to firearms with a right to engage in political violence against the Obama administration. Now, the same five-justice majority as in Heller determined that the holding applies to the states.

Kagan and Guns

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The NRA accuses Kagan of a "clear hostility" to the Second Amendment, but that means she understands our Constitution leaves ample room for reasonable gun restrictions that can save lives.

The Chicago Gun Case: NRA Fears 'Practical Defeat'

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Given that several states have gun laws far stronger than federal law, does McDonald lay the groundwork for the unraveling of gun restrictions? If the gun lobby thinks so, it is likely to be disappointed.

How Justice Stevens May Have Saved Our Gun Laws

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

As the nation contemplates Justice Stevens' impending retirement and its implications, all Americans concerned about the daily tragedy of American gun violence should pause to recognize their debt of gratitude to him.

Second Amendment Rallies Present Open Threat to Rule of Law

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

With two pro-gun marches approaching in Washington and Virginia, the NRA should make it clear that, no matter what their feelings about firearm regulation, there is no constitutional right to insurrection.

Kagan is No Lady Gaga of Law

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Maybe Kagan is no Lady Gaga when it comes to fashion. But for most Americans, the way Kagan outfits herself is just fine. What's in her mind and her heart are far more important than what's on her back, neck, or her ring finger.

What If Chicago Loses Its Gun Case?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

If Chicago's law is struck down, it will no doubt be hailed by the NRA as a great victory, as was Heller. But the most ardent "gun rights" advocates can barely hide their disappointment with the practical impact.

Gun Industry "Ambassador" Antonin Scalia to Hear Gun Law Case

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

We in the United States accept that a Supreme Court Justice who's an "Ambassador" for the gun industry can ethically rule on cases that impact the very industry he represents.

"We Didn't Want Some Montana Militia Man As the Poster Boy For the Second Amendment"

Josh Horwitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Horwitz

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in a new Second Amendment case, the Chicago Tribune has revealed how the lawsuit was framed to appeal to the broader public.

Frank Luntz: "Culture War" Over Guns Is a Myth

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

A poll by Republican messaging guru Frank Luntz found that even NRA members see stronger gun laws to protect public safety as entirely consistent with the Second Amendment.

The Gun Issue Is Back in the Supreme Court: What Does It Mean?

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Although the Chicago handgun ban Supreme Court case involves interesting constitutional issues, even if Chicago loses, such a ruling is unlikely to prove a serious threat to state and local gun regulation across-the-board.