Gun Control on Trial

Gun Control on Trial

Inside the Supreme Court Battle Over the Second Amendment

Book - 2008
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This past June, the Supreme Court decided a question at the heart of one of America's most impassioned debates, ruling that individual citizens have the constitutional right to possess guns. With that decision, the District's handgun ban--one of the toughest and most controversial in the nation--was ended. In Gun Control on Trial, journalist Brian Doherty tells the full story behind the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller ruling. With exclusive, behind the scenes access throughout the case, Doherty delved into the issues of this monumental case to provide a compelling look at the inside stories, including: The plaintiffs' fight for the right to protect themselves and their families from violent neighborhoods. The activist lawyers who worked exhaustively to affirm that right. The forces that fought to stop the case, including city officials and the NRA. The story of the Heller case stretches back to long before the decision struck down D.C.'s restrictive gun ban and forward to the future of the political and legal battle over gun control in America. Doherty provides clear, concise explanations of the issues and battles that have driven the gun control debate for decades, detailing how the Heller decision is a new starting point for the gun control debate as it passionately and energetically continues in the years ahead. It's important to note that the Heller decision does not settle every controversy in the gun control debate. It only settles the legal question of whether or not the right to possess weapons under the Second Amendment extends to personal self-defense: it does, writes Doherty. What the Supreme Court decided in Heller may be narrow in its direct and immediate effect; but it's deep in its implications for the relationship between the government and the American people, explains Doherty. It establishes a new shape to the arena in which the legal and political struggle over guns and gun control will be fought. And that fight assuredly continues.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, c2008
Characteristics: xxiv, 126 p., [8] p. of plates ; col. ill. : 24 cm
ISBN: 9781933995250 (hardback : alk. paper)
Call Number: 344.730533 DOHERTY


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Sep 10, 2014

“Arm every black person in America.” Tavis Smiley, July 2013

Sep 10, 2014

The entire gun control debate is completely silly as it ignores major factors involved and the culpability of the US government. We've seen in the ATF's Fast and Furious program the distribution of guns to drug cartels which then use them for murder and mayhem; we've seen the Pentagon's 1033 program, passing on military hardware to state and local police forces, 84 of which were dropped from the program because guns went missing; and, we've seen how the US government shipped arms to the Syrian rebels, and then those arms ended up in the hands of ISIS. This is where the gun control debate should start . . . . .


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