Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Podcast: Robert Levy on the Second Amendment

Today we interview Robert A. Levy who is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, and the driving force behide the effort to overturn Washington D.C.'s gun ban on Second Amendment grounds. To date, in D.C. no one but police officers and retired officers are allowed to have a gun in their home for self-protection. Mr. Levy hopes this case will change that.

He's won the D.C. Circuit and the case is to be heard before the Supreme court. We talk to Mr. Levy about the background of the case, why he filed it and if the decision will be a big issue in the 2008 elections. You can read a recent op-ed by Mr. Levy in the LA Times entitled, Unholster the 2nd Amendment to learn more about the case or listen to the interview or do both.

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Blogger Serket said...

I heard some people were afraid of this case, because of they thought this would lead to more restrictions on the 2nd amendment. Personally, I think it is a good case and I'm hopeful liberty will prevail.

12:05 PM, November 21, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

Regardless of the outcome, I think the SC intends to come to a decision which makes a broad statement. They certainly aren't taking this on to simply provide a precedent and guidance for D.C.

In my opinion, a "Militia" has always implied that the general citizenry could show up in the event of a general muster armed with their own weapons and a reasonable supply of ammunition. Although this seems almost rediculous in our country at this moment in history, the very fact that it could happen is what provides the stability that makes it seem rediculous. The "Well Regulated" part implies some sort of State control. Does this possibly mean (in the event of a decision leaning away from an individual right) that States could require citizens to maintain a supply of arms and ammunition? I think that's a streatch. But the various strategies that will be played out by each side, regardless of the decision, will see no end to creativity.

I have a lot of experience in countries where governments control all of the arms, and none are as free and safe as the U.S.

As a life long advocate of gun rights, as well as a licensed gun-tote'n yayhoo, I hope that the outcome leans toward an individual right with certain very limited restrictions; but that's probably a pipe dream.

No matter the ultimate decision on this case, the issue will never be completely settled - not in 2008, not in 3008; and that's exactly what the framers intended.

11:36 PM, November 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The state is exactly who the individual will need to protect himself from, eventually. The founding fathers knew that, too.

12:10 PM, November 22, 2007  
Blogger Winghunter said...

SCOTUS should have left Justice Silberman's clear and completely thorough decision stand as is.

However, our inalienable rights should rightly be re-established for those federal infringements of illegal legislation previously passed must be stricken down.

Bush has now pushed back the timetable for SCOTUS to hear the case with a meaningless delay tactic and we must let him know we will not stand for his disloyal meddling. Write him and phone his office for after all, he's the one who told us to write our representatives.

If you can push through a little legaleze, I highly, highly recommend it;

Parker vs. D.C. ( decision March 9, 2007 )

10:51 AM, February 10, 2008  
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