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A more-grounded SCOTUS in Heller

Having voiced my (admittedly emotional) opinion earlier on the SCOTUS ruling on Kennedy, I really can’t let Heller pass. CNN has the short version: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation’s capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms. This is a much better ruling. Unlike [...]

Obama – Bloomberg, and a potential domestic crisis for Polimom

The buzz this morning is that NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced Barack Obama before a speech on the economy. Is Bloomberg perhaps going to endorse? Or even… is it possible that there’s a joint-ticket possibility? Marc Ambinder writes: The First Read gang is all a-buzz at the Obama-Needs-A-Jew-On-The-Ticket Angle, but I think the best way [...]

Castles and Guns

The Texas legislature passed an expanded “castle doctrine” this week, effectively broadening the definition of where one can use deadly force in self-defense, while removing the requirement to retreat if possible. From the LA Times: AUSTIN, Texas Mar 28, 2007 (AP)— Texans will be able to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes, [...]

Webb’s maybe maybe-not gun

The strange goings-on with the gun that may (or may not) be Sen. Jim Webb’s, and which may (or may not) have been given to an aide to hold because Webb may (or may not) have forgotten that he couldn’t carry it with him on a plane… (pause for breath)… keeps getting stranger: Sen. Jim [...]

The power of a man with money

Fascinating article today in WaPo about Bob Levy, the man behind the lawsuit that struck down Washington, D.C.’s strict gun-control statute: Meet the lawyer who conceived the lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute this month. Meet the lawyer who recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation [...]