Is Gun Regulation Maturing?

Is Gun Regulation Maturing? – Retired Justice John Paul Stevens was recently in the news commenting on the right to keep and bear arms that was affirmed in the Heller decision, where he dissented.  Speaking  at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Stevens said he is surprised Congress has largely sidestepped policy debates over “the damage that is done by the unregulated use of firearms.”  Referencing shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin Stevens lamented, “when an issue is a subject both of such importance and such widespread discussion, the fact that Congress doesn’t address it, I find mind-boggling, to tell you the truth.” The implication here is that there is a good fix sitting on the shelf that could be implemented but for the failure of political will.  The implication is...

A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment

A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment – Veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns and looking at the ways guns are part of American culture. In Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment he makes the case that trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime and argues that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be as lethal as the left would like to...

Raymond Kelly swipes at President Obama

Raymond Kelly swipes at President Obama – New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly zinged President Barack Obama for his silence on gun violence in Chicago.  “Maybe the city most affected (by guns) is Chicago,” Kelly said, according to a New York Daily News story on Monday. “The president’s hometown, but barely a peep out of...

A hello to arms: More in Hudson Valley get handgun permits

A hello to arms: More in Hudson Valley get handgun permits – In the six Hudson Valley counties north of New York City, 14,293 people received handgun permits in the last five years. Crime has plummeted throughout the state over the last several years — and fear of crime has waned — but many thousands of people in New York still apply for and receive gun permits. Over the past five years, more than 99,000 handgun permits were issued in New York State, according to the New York State Police Pistol Permit Bureau. Individuals apply for permits through their home counties, not through the state police, but the Pistol Permit Bureau is charged with keeping the...

After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks

After Obama win, U.S. backs new U.N. arms treaty talks – Hours after U.S. President Barack Obama was re-elected, the United States backed a U.N. committee’s call on Wednesday to renew debate over a draft international treaty to regulate the $60 billion global arms...
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