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Story here. The proposal is to do away with the police department and adopt a “transformative new model of public safety,” whatever that is supposed to mean. As Herschel says, thank you, Antifa, for publicly demonstrating why the 2A is so relevant. And how the “progressive model” is insane as a model for government. Near five centuries ago, Hobbes laid out the core purpose of government: providing security. We all give up the legal right to victimize others, in return for them giving up the same, and government comes into being as a way of enforcing that. And, P.J.…
Captain’s Quarters nails it. They’ve brought the Second Amendment home for many uncommitted people, put paid to the argument that since police are there to protection you you don’t need self-defense capabilities, why would you need a large capacity magazine, etc.…
A dissenting statement by Commissioner Gail Herriot, of the Commission on Civil Rights. “This report should not have been published in this form. When the results of an empirical study don’t come out the way Commission members hoped and expected that they would, the right thing to do is usually to publish those results anyway. Why hide useful information? Instead, the Commission sat on the report for years. Then it decided to discard the draft written by our staff and publish instead a transcript of the witness testimony received at our briefing that took place on October 17, 2014…
Right here. I have a paper submitted to a medical journal which begins something like, “I have chosen to write upon a topic on which very little has been written recently. In fact, very little has been written at all. Arrow wounds.”…
By this incredibly handy chart of cases eleven Second Amendment petitions for cert were distributed for conference (where the vote will be taken). Yet the Court’s order list for Monday’s conference shows none were acted upon. How to read this? My SWAG (Scientific Wild-Ass Guess) is that the majority is having trouble deciding which one(s) to pick. They took MYSRPA when it was hardly cert-worthy (an ordinance adopted by one city only) and now, having gotten it off the docket, are looking at a really big field of cases and debating which should be the one. Should they take on…
Order here, from the Circuit Court for the City of Lynchburg. It’s pretty straightforward. The Virginia statute that establishes a governor’s powers in an emergency specifically says these powers do not allow the governor to “in any way limit or prohibit the rights of the people to keep and bar arms” as protected by the Virginia Constitution and the Second Amendment. I would’ve expected the governor to concede, given the clear language, but his attorneys try to get around it, without success. They appear to have argued that shooting is not “bearing,” that the court should defer to the…
In Young, which challenges Hawaii’s “may issue” (which is in practice, literally, “no issue”) handgun carry permit system, the panel ruled for Young, but the court voted for rehearing en banc. (Don Kilmer jest that the 9th ought to adopt a Circuit Rule: “after any panel ruling favorable to Second Amendment rights shall be followed by rehearing en banc.” That way, they’d save the time wasted on taking a vote). Then the circuit stayed the rehearing pending a ruling in NYSRPA v. NY. The Supreme Court having held NYSRPA moot, the 9th Circuit lifted the stay with an order providing…