Ruger SR556, a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle

A Voice of Reason on the Second Amendment


The State of Maryland, in reaction to the Sandy Hook and other mass shootings, adopted the Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (the “FSA”). The law banned the AR-15 and other military-style rifles and shotguns commonly known as “assault weapons” and detachable large-capacity magazines. America’s gun lovers couldn’t have that. They sued in Federal court in…

Ruger SR556, a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle

Can We Ban This Killing Device?


According to CNBC, the same kind of weapon has been used in all of these mass shootings. March 19, 2015: Justin Fowler, 24, used an AR-15 to kill one and injure two on a street in Little Water, N.M., before he was killed. May 31, 2015: Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, used an AR-15 and .45-caliber handgun…

Annual US vehicle miles traveled (blue, in tens of billions) and traffic fatalities per billion miles traveled (red) from 1921 to 2015

Regulation and Safety: A Case Study


Our fellow citizens, in their blind zeal to protect their Second Amendment rights, reject any regulation of firearms, however slight. The result has been carnage. WC doubts you need a recitation of recent mass shootings.1 What’s curious, though, is that we accept the 30 thousand plus firearm deaths each year even though they arise from…

Originalism (Re)Considered


The late Justice Antonin Scalia famously supported the legal doctrine of “originalism” as a justice of the United States Supreme Court. WC has criticized both Justice Scalia and originalism in earlier posts, but the recent attempts by the new Justice Neil Gorsuch to insert originalism into oral argument on the gerrymandering case brings the issue…