Gideon's Blog

In direct contravention of my wife's explicit instructions, herewith I inaugurate my first blog. Long may it prosper.

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Friday, May 10, 2002
In OpinionJournal, Eugene Volokh makes an argument with which I have much sympathy. To whit: those who have argued that the Second Amendment is meaningless have been the greatest obstacle to sensible gun control. Why? Because if the Second Amendment doesn't protect our individual right to own weapons, then the only thing protecting that right is the political clout of gun-owners, who have every incentive to take the maximalist position in defense of that right. The Supreme Court would do gun control a great service by opining, in line with Atty. General Ashcroft's recent arguments, that the Second Amendment does indeed protect an individual right to bear arms - as, incidentally, liberal scholars like Akhil Reed Amar of Yale and Lawrence Tribe argue as well. Anyway, read the piece; it's very good.