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|"You don't have to have a reason to die no more."
Last night, Wednesday, May 13th about 8pm., three young men got in a car to go shopping on the south side of Chicago. A vehicle pulled up next to them and gunned the three down. Twenty year old ...
|The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Going to Federal Court
Bushmaster Firearms doesn't like to be sued. That's the bottom line. But dismissing it was not the first move for Bushmaster and the Remington Outdoor Company, its colleague in the lawsuit filed on ...
|"This is Wide Open on Both Sides"
That was Joe Biden, in an interview this morning on ABC. George Stephanopoulos : Our latest polls show [Hillary Clinton] is the overwhelming choice of Democrats. Is there any chance you'd challenge ...
|The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Skeptics Have Doubts
There is some skepticism about the prospects for Soto v Bushmaster Firearms , the lawsuit filed last month on behalf of nine of the children and adults killed and a survivor wounded in the ...
|The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: A Microcosm of Gun Law
The gun industry usually gets what it wants from legislatures, like getting Congress to bestow immunity on it from deaths and injuries by use of its products. A lawsuit filed last month confronts ...
|The Sandy Hook Lawsuit: Is There Gun Justice in America?
The Sandy Hook massacre was the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in American history. On December 13, 2014, relatives and guardians of several children and adults filed a Wrongful ...
|Paying an Intolerable Price is inflicting intolerable damage.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this weekend that Hamas would "pay an intolerable price" for its assaults on Israel. It is the people of Gaza who are paying the price, whether they ...
|NOT Breaking News: SCOTUS Continues to Deliberate the Straw Purchase Gun Case
Abramski v. US is the only gun case still pending as the Supreme Court finishes its current term the end of June. Twenty-five of this term's 70 cases have been fully argued and await decisions. ...
|No Shooter Ever Acts Alone: Gunrunning 101
David Lewisbey was a star football player at Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois, south of Chicago. His nickname was "Big Man." He was reportedly well liked and doing very well with his ...
|SCOTUS declines to review Drake v. Jerejian, the NJ case that limits gun carry permits
NEWSWIRE Moments ago, SCOTUS denied cert in the Drake case. This means it chose not to accept the case for briefs and argument. (As is typical, the Court gave no explanation.) The Third Circuit's ...
|Is SCOTUS Ready to Rule on Carrying Guns in Public? Drake v. Jerejian
For gun enthusiasts, the Second Amendment is the Holy Grail, a constitutional right to, to ... to WHAT, exactly? ... and there's the rub. Despite having dozens of opportunities in the six years ...
|It's Spring! Gun Violence in Chicago Wasn't Far Behind
Easter weekend was the bloodiest weekend of the year. Chicago has recorded 90 gun deaths - a total of 465 victims of violence by gun, deaths and serious injuries - since the beginning of 2014. Of ...
|When you think you've seen it all, Georgia enacts Shall Not Enforce gun law.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has just signed the Safe Carry Protection Act, HB 60 , the most liberal gun law in the nation. The legislators who passed it by overwhelming margins (37-18 in the GA ...
|Taking Justice Into Your Own Hands: Part 3 - Cases that Prove the Rules ... or Not
Cases where deadly force has been used - and self-defense is claimed - are drawing publicity and intense public reaction. Florida is the epicenter of controversy. The Tampa Bay Times is analyzing ...
|Taking Justice Into Your Own Hands: Part 2 - Stand Your Ground
Stand Your Ground statutes have been enacted in more than two dozen states in the last ten years, the product of intense lobbying from ALEC fueled by the fervor of state pro-gun groups. This is ...
|How Much Domestic Violence Gets You Banned from Having a Gun? US v. Castleman
Being convicted of a felony gets you banned by Federal law from having a gun. So does conviction on a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. But how violent must the physical contact be to qualify ...
|Taking Justice into Your Own Hands: Part 1 - Self-Defense
What warrants the use of deadly force for self-defense? Any person with a loaded firearm can shoot to kill. We have the ability to do that with very little effort. I think that's the point - and ...
|UPDATED: Breaking News ... A New Gun Case Goes to SCOTUS
BREAKING LATE WEDNESDAY ... According to Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: Justice Kennedy on Wednesday afternoon denied, in a brief order without explanation, the request to block enforcement of the ...
|Rosemond v. US – A SMALL SECOND CHANCE IN A GUN TRIAL
In Rosemond v. United States , by a 7-2 vote (Justice Elena Kagan for the Court, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissenting in part and J. Antonin Scalia dissenting on two footnotes), the ...
|Three Big Defeats Today for the Gun Rights Crowd
At its conference on February 21, SCOTUS had petitions for certiorari - requests for the Court to accept appeals from Federal court decisions - in three significant gun rights cases. This morning, ...
|NRA Takes Aim at the Federal Courts: NRA v. BATFE and NRA v. McCraw
Do 18 year olds have a constitutional right to buy a handgun from a Federal dealer? Not according to Congress. ( NRA v. BATFE ) To carry a handgun in public? Not according to the Texas legislature. (
|Abramski v. US: The Justices Asked, Counsel Answered.
This case tests the legality of the ATF's ban on straw purchasing guns. These nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on the morning of January 22, 2014.
|Firearms Law & Policy Open Thread - Buying a Gun for Someone Else: What Should the Law Be?
The issue of the evening is a "straw purchase" from a commercial gun dealer. In this case, a gun bought by one person for another person whose identity is not disclosed to the retail gun dealer. ...
|What? Straw Purchase a Gun? Abramski v. US
Bruce James Abramski Jr. Courtesy Franklin (VA) News-Post In the Monty Python Pantheon of Silly, this case takes the prize. It is a lawsuit against a question on a Federal form. When he went to ...
|GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY
What a portmanteau name for a place that delivers irreplaceable community benefits! Its mission is straightforward: WE HAVE 1 GOAL, 1 MISSION. TO FIGHT HUNGER, 1 DOLLAR, 1 MEAL, 1 PERSON AT A TIME.
|Is Justus Rosemond Done For ... or Will He Get a New Trial?
The justices have spoken in Justus Rosemond’s case, some of them quite a lot. Arguments were held on the morning of Tuesday, November 12. What did they ask? What did they say? What does it mean? ...
|Health Care Reform at Work in Appalachia
Check out health care reform on "this side of the hill" in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Much as we Kossacks like to bang on the Washington Post , it's had the good editorial sense to run Stephanie ...
|"I Didn't Know the Gun ... !" SCOTUS to Hear Rosemond v. US
Dealing drugs is one thing. Dealing drugs with a gun on the scene becomes something very different. For decades, state and Federal criminal laws have imposed heavier penalties on crimes where a ...
|SCOTUS Declines to Hear Navy Vet's Gun Rights Appeal
Justice Blindfolded is Good ... but Always? Jefferson Schrader just wanted to buy a gun. The government wouldn't let him. Schrader, an honorably discharged Navy veteran, went to a dealer to buy a ...
|Sanford, FL, to Ban Neighborhood Watchers from Carrying Guns
Police Chief Cecil Smith of Sanford, Florida, where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin last year, reportedly will soon announce new rules pertaining to Neighborhood Watch volunteers. ...
|60 Cases and Counting: What Gun Case Will SCOTUS Take Next?
Two cases are pending this fall which offer the Supreme Court opportunities to delve into Second Amendment rights and the powers of Congress to regulate interstate commerce. The Court's seminal ...
|Justice Scalia - Poetic Justice Extraordinaire
Amy Davidson is one of The New Yorker magazine's social observers at large. In her recent " Scalia in Verse ", she prepared a poem comprised entirely of the italicized words in selected opinions of ...
|SEC Enforcement Helps Balance the Budget
From the New York Times , this breaking news for Friday afternoon: SAC Fund to Pay $614 Million to Settle Insider Trading Case Two affiliates of SAC Capital, the giant hedge fund, settled insider ...
|The "Obamacare is facism" guy is coming to Chicago
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, is coming to Chicago to promote his new book, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business: CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). ...
|Why Isn't the Gun Loaded?
ABC reports that a Virginia lawmaker carried an assault rifle, an AK-47, on to the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates: Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey, a Democrat hailing from the Richmond area, ...
|Goodbye, Shiny Platinum Object to Evade the Debt Limit
According to Ezra Klein at the Washington Post : The Treasury Department will not mint a trillion-dollar platinum coin to get around the debt ceiling. If they did, the Federal Reserve would not ...
|Here's to the Bigger Tent of the Recently Renewed GOP
It's the holiday season again. Good will abounding, all about us, every one! Shall peace reign and the brotherhood of humankind be restored on Capitol Hill, too, and across this great nation of ...
|"Top aide to Obama signals willingness to compromise over raising top tax rates on the rich"
That's not my line. That's a Reuters story released Sunday (and carried by the AP ), bylined to Alister Bull, with the following lead paragraph: "A senior Republican senator voiced confidence on ...
|2012 Election: Wrong Date, Wrong Location
Meteor Blades reports: [L]ast week, the Republican-run Ottawa County Board of Elections sent a mailer to 2,300 voters in three northwestern Ohio precincts informing them that Election Day was ...
|Romney's Tax Plan: A Shell Game
This weekend, Mitt Romney pledged to David Gregory that he would not cut taxes for the wealthy. That seemed to confuse even George Will. But it needn't have, because there's a way to do it that ...
|Todd Akin, "Legitimate Rape" and "Utter Moron"
Can utter morons misspeak? Just yesterday, MO-2 Congressman Todd Akin (R-naturally) who is running against Claire McCaskill for the US Senate seat in the "Show Me" state of Missouri, declared in an ...
|Are There Any Prospects for Gun Regulation?
My article last Sunday – luridly titled “Guns Don’t Kill People? The Hell They Don’t!” - proposed that we, the people, should step up and demand a ban on assault weapons in the wake of the ...
|Guns Don't Kill People? The Hell They Don't!
Recall the NRA's old rallying cry - "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." Well, people with guns - yes, and explosives, too - can kill and injure a lot more people and faster than people ...
|Dear Mitt, Bottom Line ... Talk Straight with Us
You're running for President, for goodness' sake. You know you have to get more votes than the conservative base can deliver by itself. So you have to appeal to the independent/middle/undecided/...
|The First Degree: A Proposal for a Think Twice Law
Stand Your Ground laws, enacted in perhaps as many as 15 states, possibly more, have also been called "Make My Day" and "Shoot First" laws. They have been promoted by that bastion of personal rights ...
|If baseball isn't commerce, why should health care be?
In 1922, the Supreme Court decided that it was a stretch to apply the antitrust laws to baseball, so the Court reasoned that professional baseball was not an activity in interstate commerce. The ...
|Some comments on Armando's "One Perspective"
First off, well done, Armando! Parts might be a little dense for DK's more general audience, but this case presents dense, not simple, questions. I disagree with some of Armando's judgments, but ...
|Fact Checking 101: The Ugly Truth about What's False
No less an authority on truth than The New York Times , The Newspaper of Record, reveals what fact checking and error correction is all about. In a demonstration of candor unparalleled in today's ...
|The GOP Needs a Wise Fool
What high-ranking elected officials in the Republican Party need most right now is a fool. Not the kind who’s addled or stupid, but a wise fool who is allowed to take the liberty to speak truth ...
|It's the Turnout, Stupid. PART III.
Previously, in Part I, we celebrated record turnouts in 2008. But only briefly, until the huge drop in turnout in the midterm election of 2010, along with some disturbing shifts of loyalty among ...
|It's the Turnout, Stupid. PART II.
Previously, in Part I, we ... - celebrated record turnout in 2008 that elected the first black President, produced a 60 vote Democratic majority in the US Senate and expanded our House majority by ...
|Germs of Religion in Human Nature
Along with the recent declarations of - Richard John "Rick" Santorum on abortion, birth control and how to love each other, - Santorum backer Foster Friess' advice about applying aspirin to womens'
|It's the Turnout, Stupid! PART I.
We hear it again and again - 2012 will be a turnout election. Yup, just like all the ones before it. In 2008, 132,618,000 Americans voted (56.8% of the voting-age population). The country elected ...
|Santorum for President. Now, More Seriously Than Ever!
Rick Santorum would be the GOP's ideal presidential candidate in 2012. This is even truer now, in mid-February, than it was when I posted this early last month. No time like the present to consider ...
|Campaign Memo to Newt: Nevada is Next
Dear Mr. Speaker and next President Gingrich, The Nevada caucuses - and the start of the Maine caucuses - are next Saturday, February 4. Maine carries on for a week but Nevada's last only three ...
|The GOP Running Mate ... Who'll Step Up?
Speculation about who the GOP VP running mate will be is ramping up, even though who the GOP's Presidential nominee will be is, shall we say, still up for grabs. Who might be the choice of the ...
|Rick, Rape, the "Right to Life" ... and gifts from God
In a recent interview on CNN, Piers Morgan asked Rick Santorum about his views on choice. Santorum, calm, be-sweatered and comfortable with Morgan's almost fatherly manner, patiently explained life,
|Will the Most Distinguished Dog Please Paw Its Way Forward?
Ripped from the headlines, the latest news from Chicago: Could Your Dog be the First "Distinguished Dog of Chicago"? Dogs registered by March 1 will be eligible to be ...
|SOPA, PIPA and the Brouhaha, or What's It All About - All Free?
Good luck finding a layman's explanation of what SOPA and PIPA actually do and how they do it. (You may not find it here either, but I'll take a stab at it.) Earlier this week, even the redoubtable ...
|Santorum for President. Seriously!
Rick Santorum would be the GOP's ideal presidential candidate in 2012. Embracing a moveable moderate like Mitt Romney would be a horrible mistake for today's Republican Party. Since 2010's off-...
|Newt and Character
If you have nothing else going for you - if you have counseled campaigns to use buzzwords instead of ideas with details and nuance, bloviated Great Ideas of marginal sense and relevance, flip-...
|Dear Mr. Boehner, You had a choice ...
Dear Mr. Boehner, You are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, its presiding officer, the leader - in every sense of the word - of the whole House. (Someone else is the Leader of the ...
|Political Trials by Ordeal: What Do Iowa's Caucuses Prove?
Every four years, the media turns to Iowa, lavishing attention on its political Trials by Ordeal, the infliction of a series of unpleasant experiences to see who survives and can thereby be deemed ...
|Co-President Addresses Nation, Announces Cabinet
SCHEDULED FOR DELIVERY Washington, DC November 7, 2012 My Fellow Americans. It is with my customary humility that I, Newton Leroy Gingrich, come before you on this most auspicious Morning After, to ...
|Responsible Media: Challenge the GOP’s Cant on Taxes and Job Creation
Today’s mainstream reporters seem satisfied to repeat the McConnell/Boehner mantra – that tax increases on the rich “would harm the economy and cost jobs.” They regularly report this cant ...
|Hell Bent for Theocracy: God and Good Government
What a time it is to be a believer! With one minor exception, the GOP's declared candidates for President are out on the hustings, actively promoting the socio-religious agenda of the Far Right. At ...
|There's a battle outside ... and it's ragin'
Come Senators, Congressmen, please heed the call. Don't stand in the doorway, don't block the hall, For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled. There's a battle outside and it's ...
|Rick Perry, God and Good Government
“Our founding fathers understood that [private property] was a very important part of the pursuit of happiness. Being able to own things that are your own is one of ...
|RADIO KOS: What's next?
A grassroots community on the air ... what a concept! Thanks, Markos! From radio Host David Waldman: "It's not a political life ... unless you're doing it." And the startling observation, "We're ...
|The Bible and Mrs. Bachmann
Michele Bachmann and the duty of a wife to “submit” to her husband became an issue, of all places, in the so-called debate in Ames two nights before the Iowa straw poll. As reported in The ...
|Tax Reform: The Fig Leaf That's DOA
With the Bush/Obama tax cuts in concrete for another 16-plus months and so many in Congress dead set against raising tax rates, tax reform is the politically acceptable fig leaf du jour on ...
|The Tea Party Manifesto
MEMO to the THE TEA-PARTY FAITHFUL In these times of fictitious crisis, we are being barraged by the clamor of others who stubbornly cannot see things as clearly as we do. To steady our sights, ...
|BOEHNER REPORTS TO HIS HOUSE GOP CAUCUS
WARNING. What follows is entirely fictional. It couldn't possibly ever happen in real life. Likely reactions from the fictional Congressmen in the fictional room are in italics.
|Dear Mr. Speaker: On Leading Lemmings
Dear Speaker Boehner, It's tough to be you. Your majority is a Great Hall full of Princes and Princesses, 240 of them (counting you), each from their own principality where they prevailed in the ...
|Progressive Advocacy for 2012: An Uncertain Call?
In his diary on March 6, “Why Wisconsin poses such a serious threat to Republicans,” Daily Kos’s Campaign Director, Chris Bowers, identified groups that voted 2:1 or nearly so for Democrats ...
|19 Names, 18 months, 1 Survivor!
During the week of August 27, 2012, the Republican National Convention will convene in Tampa, Florida. Its mission? To nominate the next President of the United States. ...
|Why Do We Care What Sarah Says?
Why does the media, the responsible “mainstream media”, give Sarah Palin so much prominence? And why do we pay attention to it?
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