Massad Ayoob on Guns

WHILE ON VERDICT WATCH

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And we all thought a “not guilty on all counts” verdict would come in quickly in the Rittenhouse case, given the fact that every shot the kid fired was on video and showed him...

AN OVERLOOKED VICTORY FOR GUN OWNERS’ CIVIL RIGHTS

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In the polarized debate over gun owners’ civil rights, we’ve been so constantly on the defensive that is has become easy to forget our long-term victories. Some of us can remember when the thrust...
Kyle Rittenhouse on the ground shooting someone about ti attack him

MORE PERSPECTIVES ON RITTENHOUSE CASE

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I am writing this on the morning of Wednesday, November 10. The defense phase of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has just begun.  So far, the prosecution’s performance has been an embarrassment to prosecutors everywhere....

WHAT ALEC BALDWIN COULD HAVE LOOKED FOR

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The controversy over the fatal shooting on the movie set involving Alec Baldwin continues, still rife with misinformation and a circular firing squad of pointed fingers. As I’ve said here before, Baldwin strikes me as...
David Kopel addressing a recent Gun Rights Policy Conference

A VOICE OF BOTH REASON AND HISTORY

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As SCOTUS approaches a potentially life-improving case, we are reminded why my old friend David Kopel is such an effective voice of reason for gun owners’ civil rights.  Please read.

SO, WHO IS THE “VICTIM”?

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One of my pet peeves in an adult lifetime of working in the criminal justice system is the misapplication of the term “victim.”  Traditionally, whomever was killed (or hurt the worst) in a violent...

ANOTHER REASON I LOVE LIBRARIES

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I have loved libraries since I was a little boy.  They’ve always been havens of peace and quiet, and of knowledge and entertainment. I spent more time there as an adolescent student, not just for homework...

THE ALEC BALDWIN INCIDENT

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It was national news a few days ago when on a movie set, Alec Baldwin fired a shot from “a prop gun” that proved fatal to one staff person on the set, and wounded...
Photo of Kyle Rittenhouse in the street with a rifle

MORE ON THE RITTENHOUSE CASE

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The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse begins November first, and it will be most informative to anyone who keeps or carries a firearm.  He was 17 when he shot three men, killing two, in the riot...
Photo of Kyle Rittenhouse in the street with a rifle

THOUGHTS ON KENOSHA

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We are less than three weeks out from the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old when he was caught up in the Kenosha, Wisconsin riots and wound up shooting three “protesters”...