Ep. 8: The Right To Bear Arms


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This week, we look at the Second Amendment. The good news is that the Supreme Court has upheld an individual right to bear arms, but the bad news is that most lower courts haven’t gotten the message. Which part of “out of my cold, dead hands” don’t they understand? To help us out, we’ve brought in the heavy guns: George Mason Law Professor Nelson Lund, the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment, and Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA Law School makes a return visit to Ricochet. We discuss the original understanding of the Second Amendment, as well as the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in DC v. Heller – and where Justice Scalia may have opened the door to lower court mischief.

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  1. DocJay

    When you ask what part of “out of my cold dead hands” don’t they understand are you asking the lower courts or the editor who pulled my article because I suggested the exact same course of action if the government started gun grabbing?

  2. Gus Marvinson
    DocJay: When you ask what part of “out of my cold dead hands” don’t they understand are you asking the lower courts or the editor who pulled my article because I suggested the exact same course of action if the government started gun grabbing? · 20 minutes ago

    You don’t mean here?

  3. DocJay

    Yes I do Gus, less than a week ago. There was no explanation given for the demotion but I know violent imagery isn’t keeping with what the editors envision.

  4. Jason Hall

    The courts had better stay away from this guy.


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