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May 23, 2010
Joyce Lee Malcolm is a professor of law at George Mason University School of Law The case of Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man living in a drug-infested neighborhood of Chicago, is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonald's home has been broken into three times, and drug dealers have threatened him. He would like a gun to protect himself. Two years ago, in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller , the Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees individuals such as McDonald the right to keep a handgun in their homes for self-defense.
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May 23, 2010
Lawrence Rosenthal a professor of law at Chapman University in California, filed a brief on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in McDonald v. City of Chicago In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a D.C. law banning handguns violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment, however, is a limitation only on federal law. Now, in McDonald v. City of Chicago , gun-rights advocates have asked the court to apply the right to bear arms to state and local gun-control laws.
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April 9, 2007 | By Steve Goldstein INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Shortly before 3 a.m. last Monday, 41-year-old Vincent White of Temple Hills, Md., was shot multiple times and killed on a street in the southeast section of Washington. It was the District of Columbia's 40th homicide of the year. Three weeks earlier, a federal appeals court ruled the district's 30-year ban on keeping handguns in homes was unconstitutional because it violates the Second Amendment. There was no cause and effect. The handgun ban remains law pending appeal, which could take up to a year.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Monday is the last day on which the Supreme Court is due to issue opinions in its 2009-10 term. Four cases remain. They are: McDonald v. City of Chicago: This highly anticipated gun-rights case, a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, tests whether the Second Amendment applies to local and state firearms laws. Christian Legal Society v. Martinez: Justices could decide in this freedom-of-religion case if nondiscrimination policies at a public institution trump the right of private groups to determine who can belong to them.
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June 6, 2013
By Alan Gottlieb When the British newspaper the Telegraph asked readers which of six suggested measures they would like to see introduced in the House of Commons, the response was surprisingly tilted toward one significant proposal. Of the six suggestions, which included setting a flat tax and placing a term limit on the office of prime minister, what drew more than 86 percent of reader support was a proposal to repeal the handgun ban of 1997. This is an unscientific poll, but the results should signal to U.S. gun prohibitionists that their habitual use of the United Kingdom as an example of domestic tranquility where guns are concerned just took a direct hit in the credibility department.
NEWS
March 18, 2008
The 10 busloads of Philadelphians who rode to Harrisburg yesterday to prod the Pennsylvania House into voting on a modest gun-control measure could have kept their road trip going for one more day - by heading to Washington. That's where the real action takes place this week in the fight to stem gun violence. At center stage today is the U.S. Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear its first Second Amendment case in decades. In taking up a challenge to the nation's strictest gun-control statute - the District of Columbia's 1976 handgun ban - the court will be engaging in the legal equivalent of twirling a loaded gun. The key question for Philadelphia and other cities plagued by illegal guns: In whose direction will that lethal weapon end up being pointed?
NEWS
June 16, 2008 | By C. William Schwab and Brendan G. Carr
We are all too familiar with how damaging handguns can be. Almost every night, medics bring us patients either lifeless or writhing in pain with multiple gunshot wounds. The disruptive force of gun death is broadcast on the faces of the parents and grandparents as we look them in the eye to tell them, "I'm sorry, your son has died. " The effects of greater firearm lethality are seen daily in the emergency rooms across America, from big cities to rural towns. The impact of this trauma is reflected in the policy statement of our professional organizations.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. With horrible tragedies fresh in everyone's mind, including Newtown, people are understandably wondering what can be done to prevent yet another tragedy. Alas, the mainstream media have already concluded that more gun control must be the answer. Passions run high on both sides. As of Thursday morning, more than 80,000 Americans had signed a White House petition asking that CNN anchor Piers Morgan, a vocal proponent of banning guns, be deported. Another petition urging the White House to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had generated 4,500 signatures.
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November 21, 2007 | Daily News wire services
Fit to be her mom? OMAHA, Neb. - A schoolteacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old former student and fleeing with him to Mexico now faces a custody battle for her 8-year-old daughter, whom she left with her parents before disappearing. A judge granted emergency temporary custody of Kelsey Peterson's daughter to the girl's father, William Alexander Long of Texas. Study of NYC stop-&-frisk finds no clear link to race NEW YORK - The New York Police Department demonstrated no clear racial bias with an aggressive stop-and-frisk policy that resulted last year in more than 500,000 stops of pedestrians, according to a new study released yesterday.
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October 14, 2008 | By John R. Lott Jr
Barack Obama claims he is a friend of gun owners. He certainly has convinced the media. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times said the NRA's opposition to Obama seemed strange because "Obama does not oppose gun rights. He has made a point of pounding this home to rural audiences, telling them he has no intention of taking their guns away: not their shotguns, not their handguns, not anything. " From the Boston Globe to FactCheck.org, the media and their watchdogs have uncritically recited Obama's statement that he believes there is an individual right to own guns.
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June 6, 2013
By Alan Gottlieb When the British newspaper the Telegraph asked readers which of six suggested measures they would like to see introduced in the House of Commons, the response was surprisingly tilted toward one significant proposal. Of the six suggestions, which included setting a flat tax and placing a term limit on the office of prime minister, what drew more than 86 percent of reader support was a proposal to repeal the handgun ban of 1997. This is an unscientific poll, but the results should signal to U.S. gun prohibitionists that their habitual use of the United Kingdom as an example of domestic tranquility where guns are concerned just took a direct hit in the credibility department.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
By John R. Lott Jr. With horrible tragedies fresh in everyone's mind, including Newtown, people are understandably wondering what can be done to prevent yet another tragedy. Alas, the mainstream media have already concluded that more gun control must be the answer. Passions run high on both sides. As of Thursday morning, more than 80,000 Americans had signed a White House petition asking that CNN anchor Piers Morgan, a vocal proponent of banning guns, be deported. Another petition urging the White House to "Keep Piers Morgan in the USA" had generated 4,500 signatures.
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December 30, 2011 | By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
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 was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Dick Heller sued the city in 2003 over its ban on handgun ownership, and the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the ban in June 2008, saying it violated the Second Amendment. A federal judge Thursday issued an opinion awarding Heller's attorneys $1,137,072.27 in fees and expenses. The lawyers had argued they should be awarded $3.1 million.
NEWS
July 3, 2010
Chicago officials OK strict gun law CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council on Friday approved what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States. The 45-0 vote came four days after a Supreme Court ruling made it almost certain that Chicago's handgun ban would be overturned. The high court ruled that Americans had a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live. The new ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes with a handgun.
NEWS
June 27, 2010
Monday is the last day on which the Supreme Court is due to issue opinions in its 2009-10 term. Four cases remain. They are: McDonald v. City of Chicago: This highly anticipated gun-rights case, a challenge to Chicago's handgun ban, tests whether the Second Amendment applies to local and state firearms laws. Christian Legal Society v. Martinez: Justices could decide in this freedom-of-religion case if nondiscrimination policies at a public institution trump the right of private groups to determine who can belong to them.
NEWS
May 23, 2010
Joyce Lee Malcolm is a professor of law at George Mason University School of Law The case of Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man living in a drug-infested neighborhood of Chicago, is now being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonald's home has been broken into three times, and drug dealers have threatened him. He would like a gun to protect himself. Two years ago, in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller , the Supreme Court affirmed that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees individuals such as McDonald the right to keep a handgun in their homes for self-defense.
NEWS
May 23, 2010
Lawrence Rosenthal a professor of law at Chapman University in California, filed a brief on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in McDonald v. City of Chicago In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a D.C. law banning handguns violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Second Amendment, however, is a limitation only on federal law. Now, in McDonald v. City of Chicago , gun-rights advocates have asked the court to apply the right to bear arms to state and local gun-control laws.
NEWS
October 14, 2008 | By John R. Lott Jr
Barack Obama claims he is a friend of gun owners. He certainly has convinced the media. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Times said the NRA's opposition to Obama seemed strange because "Obama does not oppose gun rights. He has made a point of pounding this home to rural audiences, telling them he has no intention of taking their guns away: not their shotguns, not their handguns, not anything. " From the Boston Globe to FactCheck.org, the media and their watchdogs have uncritically recited Obama's statement that he believes there is an individual right to own guns.
NEWS
June 16, 2008 | By C. William Schwab and Brendan G. Carr
We are all too familiar with how damaging handguns can be. Almost every night, medics bring us patients either lifeless or writhing in pain with multiple gunshot wounds. The disruptive force of gun death is broadcast on the faces of the parents and grandparents as we look them in the eye to tell them, "I'm sorry, your son has died. " The effects of greater firearm lethality are seen daily in the emergency rooms across America, from big cities to rural towns. The impact of this trauma is reflected in the policy statement of our professional organizations.
NEWS
March 18, 2008
The 10 busloads of Philadelphians who rode to Harrisburg yesterday to prod the Pennsylvania House into voting on a modest gun-control measure could have kept their road trip going for one more day - by heading to Washington. That's where the real action takes place this week in the fight to stem gun violence. At center stage today is the U.S. Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear its first Second Amendment case in decades. In taking up a challenge to the nation's strictest gun-control statute - the District of Columbia's 1976 handgun ban - the court will be engaging in the legal equivalent of twirling a loaded gun. The key question for Philadelphia and other cities plagued by illegal guns: In whose direction will that lethal weapon end up being pointed?
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