Gun Control: Will proposals pass the Supreme Court?

07 Mar 2013

Individual rights under the Second Amendment have recently come into sharp focus. As Congress and state legislatures debate further gun control, U.S. Supreme Court and other senior judges have made a number of statements on either side of the debate. A significant lower court opinion came recently from Judge Posner in Chicago. On December 11, days before the Newtown slaughter, Posner struck down Illinois’ ban on carrying a “ready to use” gun in public. Posner’s opinion said little about individual rights under the Second Amendment or whether its authors may have intended the right to keep and bear arms to apply as expansively outside the home as inside it. He instead discussed whether or not gun control laws are effective, concluding that “the empirical literature on the effects of allowing the carriage of guns in public fails to establish a pragmatic defense of the Illinois law.” Posner went on to point out that ‘’the Supreme Court made clear in District of Columbia v. Heller that it wasn’t going to make the right to bear arms depend on casualty counts.” Gun crime in Chicago In fact, however, the Supreme Court should almost certainly uphold any of the…

Gun Control – ‘’Right of the People’’ : The Supreme Court Debate

21 Feb 2013

The Second Amendment provides: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’’ In this post I consider two questions related to gun control. Is the right to keep and bear arms stated in the Second Amendment to the Constitution an individual right or a collective one? And if a collective one, who is included? In D.C. v Heller in 2008, the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court debated the meaning of the phrase “right of the people” In summary the Court held: ‘’1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home…. (a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms…. (b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert…

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21 Feb 2013

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Guns and the City: Guns in American Books and Movies

15 Feb 2013

The romance of the gun The gun has long been a symbol of power and masculinity in America. The figure of the gun-toting frontiersman in popular literature was created by James Fenimore Cooper in his adventure tales The Last of the Mohicans (1826) and The Deerslayer (1840). By the late 1800s, cowboy and Wild West imagery had become part of the collective imagination. A female cowboy, Calamity Jane (1852-1903) featured in Edward Wheeler’s Deadwood Dick dime novels from 1877. The first American female superstar, Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was a sharpshooter from Ohio who toured the country from 1885 as a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. (The musical Annie Get Your Gun (1946) was a fictional account of her life.) The archetypal cowboy hero was established largely by Theodore Roosevelt’s The Winning of the West (1889-95), a history of the early frontier, and by Owen Wister in stories and novels, most notably The Virginian (1902). The image of the swaggering, gunslinging cowboy was also popularized by early cinema, notably through such classics as The Great Train Robbery (1903) and A California Hold Up (1906), the most commercially successful film of the pre-nickelodeon era. Since the 1930s, gangster films have…

Your Expert Wedding Gift Guide

15 Feb 2013

Everyone enjoys giving gifts. But choosing a wedding gift can make you feel worried, frustrated and embarrassed. There are so many different wedding situations these days, and so many choices of gifts. Social rules are changing too, and you may feel unsure about the etiquette and ethics of gift-giving, such as whether and what to give for a second or older marriage. You may not know the couple well, or even if they expect a gift. And what about gifts of money? Then, how much should you spend? Money may be tight or you may be rushed for time to purchase the gift and mail it if you’re not going to present it in person. If only gift-giving were easy! This expert guide does make the process easy. It tells you how to quickly select the perfect wedding gift and also save money. The guide covers every aspect of choosing a wedding gift for every kind of wedding, including second marriages, eco weddings, and gay and lesbian marriages and civil ceremonies. It gives clear, up to date advice on what to choose, how much to spend, and how and when to present the gift. The advice in this guide is…