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February 21, 2008

More on Obama’s Doublespeak

Last week I wrote a post about how Barack Obama was trying to have it both ways on the Second Amendment. Ken Blackwell at, however, believes that Obama’s doublespeak about the Second Amendment (among some of Obama’s other statements) reveals a disturbing pattern in his attitudes about individual rights and a host of other […]

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February 15, 2008

Obama Tries to Have it Both Ways on the Second Amendment

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Barack Obama said Friday that the country must do “whatever it takes” to eradicate gun violence following a campus shooting in his home state, but he believes in an individual’s right to bear arms. Obama said he spoke to Northern Illinois University’s president Friday morning by phone and offered whatever help his […]

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February 14, 2008

The Media’s Latest Hoplophobia-mongering

Internet Broadcasting Systems has a new breathless article warning of the latest danger to government space travelers making the rounds of the internet: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station apparently have access to a gun. Oh the horror! Then comes the letdown: Russian Cosmonauts carry a gun on their Soyuz space capsule, which is attached […]

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February 9, 2008

More Amicus Briefs In D.C. v. Heller

There have been several more amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in support of the effort to overturn the District of Columbia’s gun ban, but the one that raises the most eyebrows is signed by the Vice-President himself: Vice President Cheney signed on to a brief filed by a majority of Congress yesterday that […]

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February 8, 2008

Respondents File Brief In D.C. v. Heller

Earlier this week, the Respondents filed their opposition brief to the District of Columbia’s appeal in District of Columbia v. Heller: If the Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a handgun, then the District’s ban on such arms must be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the man challenging the “nation’s most draconian gun laws” told […]

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Members of Congress file brief in Heller case

Here is some good news concerning District of Columbia v. Heller. US Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are filing a brief with signatures of 250 House members and 55 Senators, urging that the DC gun law be overturned by the Supreme Court: “All of the congressional legislative history is assuming that […]

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January 14, 2008

When Gun Rights and Property Rights Collide

THE ATLANTA JOUNAL-CONSTITIUTION – Calling it “a core fundamental issue” for his group this year, the head of the National Rifle Association lobbied hard Monday for a bill that would allow employees to keep handguns in their cars at work. NRA Executive President Wayne LaPierre made a rare appearance under the Gold Dome Monday, a […]

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January 11, 2008

DoJ and DC Gun Ban

The Department of Justice has filed an amicus brief on behalf the District of Columbia. Yes, you read that right. The Bush Administration is supporting DC in the upcoming case on that will have a major impact on gun owner’s rights. Here is the analysis from David Hardy: As I read this, the (Bush) Dept […]

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Federal Driver’s Licenses: The Government’s New Plan To Screw Up Your Life

The brainiacs who’ve made air travel almost as fun as a 10-hour Coca-Cola enema have unveiled their new master plan for creating an efficient security system…federally mandated drivers licenses for everybody under the age of 50, which all states will be forced to comply with by 2011, whether they’re capable or doing so or not, […]

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November 24, 2007

What’s At Stake In Parker v. D.C.

Mike Cox writes in the Wall Street Journal about what’s at stake in the D.C. gun control case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue in the case is whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, or whether the right is a “collective” one referring to the states’ […]

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November 21, 2007

The Best Explanation of the Second Amendment I Have Ever Heard

“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.”- Amendment II, U.S. Constitution As Doug reported yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court is going to take its first case on the Second Amendment in almost 70 years. During […]

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November 20, 2007

Quote of the Day: Rudy’s Latest Bullshit

“I strongly believe that Judge Silberman’s decision deserves to be upheld by the Supreme Court. The Parker decision is an excellent example of a judge looking to find the meaning of the words in the Constitution, not what he would like them to mean.” – Rudy Giuliani in a statement supporting the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear D.C. Gun Ban Case

As expected, the Supreme Court announced today that it would hear the appeal of the District of Columbia in the twin cases that resulted in the District’s ban on handguns being declared unconstitutional earlier this year: The Supreme Court announced today that it will decide whether the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns violates the […]

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November 17, 2007

Boston Police Encourage Parents To Waive Their Children’s Fourth Amendment Rights

The Boston Police Department is hoping that it will be able to encourage parents to waive their childrens’ rights under the Fourth Amendment: Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children’s bedrooms. The […]

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November 13, 2007

Supreme Court Punts On D.C. Gun Ban Case, For Now

It was widely expected that the Supreme Court would announce today whether it would accept the appeal filed by the District of Columbia in the lawsuit challenging it’s handgun ban. As Lyle Denniston reports at ScotusBlog, that wasn’t the case: The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced no action on a new case testing the meaning […]

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November 7, 2007

The NRA vs. The Second Amendment ?

This month’s American Bar Association Journal has a fairly good article about the District of Columbia gun ban case currently under consideration by the Supreme Court, and the surprising role that the National Rifle Association took in trying to derail the lawsuit in its infancy: Though the NRA champions individual ownership under the Second Amendment, […]

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October 24, 2007

Supreme Court To Consider D.C. Gun Ban Appeal Request Nov. 9th

SCOTUSBlog reports that the Supreme Court will consider the Writ Of Certiorari in the two cases appealing last year’s decision overturning Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban on November 9th: The Supreme Court will consider two petitions growing out of the Second Amendment dispute over a District of Columbia ban on private possession of handguns at its […]

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October 5, 2007

Liberal Law Professor Admits Second Amendment Protects An Individual Right To Own Guns

Jonathan Turley is a law professor at George Washington University and known in legal circles as a liberal legal scholar. Which makes his recent USA Today column about the Second Amendment so interesting: Principle is a terrible thing, because it demands not what is convenient but what is right. It is hard to read the […]

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September 4, 2007

Washington, D.C. Files It’s Appeal In Parker v. D.C.

The District Of Columbia today formally set forth the legal basis for it’s petition for an appeal of the decision earlier this year that struck down a decades-old gun ban as unconstitutional: The District today asked the Supreme Court to uphold the city’s ban on private ownership of handguns, saying the appeals court decision that […]

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August 30, 2007

Let’s Play a Game

A quiz for the readers: what is the drawing below supposed to be? Does this picture in any way seem threatening to you? The answer is below the fold.

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