If only . . .
What this likely means is that we can expect the Supreme Court to start reviewing a few of the more important gun control cases now percolating in the lower courts. Whether the issue is the validity of bans on so-called assault rifles, the length of waiting periods before people can buy guns or requirements for people to receive concealed-carry permits, our nation’s highest court may well start imposing its will on the gun measures of all 50 states and many cities and towns.
Kennedy’s uncertain swing vote is simply no longer an obstacle. Whether another conservative justice, most likely Chief Justice John Roberts, will step in to allow these difficult and complex issues to be decided at the state and local levels is anyone’s guess.
Sadly, I wouldn’t bet on it.
Translated from the Italian, where individual gun rights is gaining support . . .
Licenses for firearms up 13.8% in a year (a firearm is already in the homes of almost 4.5 million Italians). Crimes declining (-10.2% in the last year), but fears and insecurity multiply
One thing is the objectivity of the facts. Other perception. Even if the crimes in Italy in a year have decreased by 10.2%, citizens feel less and less secure. The latest Censis report on security (in collaboration with Federsicurezza) says so. Wishing or buying a weapon in order to defend itself has become a fairly common practice: there are already 4.5 million houses, and in a year the licenses for firearms have increased by 13.8%.
The most common are the licenses for shooting, the easiest to obtain: they are almost 585 thousand, + 21.1% in a year. And they could still grow: 39% of Italians, almost one in four, are in favor of introducing less stringent criteria for the possession of a firearm for personal defense. The figure shows a sharp increase compared to the 26% recorded in 2015.
Huh . . .
The Army awarded Sig Sauer a January 2017 contract worth up to $580 million over 10 years. To date, the Army has obligated approximately $8 million, according to CRS.
The Army currently plans to buy 238,215 systems. The other military services intend to use the Army’s contract to buy weapons. The Air Force announced that it will buy 130,000 compact weapons and the Navy intends to field 70,000 compact versions of the weapon. The Marine Corps plans to buy 35,000 MHS, according to its proposed fiscal 2019 budget.
The only problem of doing a cost analysis of the MHS program is that “under the terms of the contract, the Army cannot release unit price data,” the CRS states.
This isn’t a good sign . . .
The Ohio legislature’s standoff over “Stand Your Ground” has been pushed back to the fall.
Though the Ohio House widely expected on Wednesday to pass HB 228, the chamber delayed the vote until after summer break – and possibly after November’s election.
“Stand Your Ground,” which is supported by pro-gun groups, removes the requirement for people to retreat before using deadly force in self-defense. It also places the burden of proof on prosecutors, instead of requiring defendants in self-defense cases to prove they’re not guilty.
Is there no middle ground? What would happen if, after talking for a month in a closed, moderated Facebook group, these proponents from either side offered what they separately considered to be reasonable, sensible solutions to curbing gun violence? What new legislation and government policies would either side propose if they tried to avoid ideas they knew would never fly ?
Advance Local, its member websites including Cleveland.com, and San Francisco-based Spaceship Media convened 150 people from early April through early May in a closed, moderated Facebook discussion called “Guns, an American Conversation.”
The point of this dialogue journalism was not to change anyone’s mind. Rather, it was for participants to better understand how and why people with opposite views in a politically divisive time come to their separate opinions. The conversation, occurring practically around the clock and across three time zones, took place in the aftermath of the school shooting that killed 17 at a Parkland, Florida, high school in February.
When the dialogue was over, we picked six people in the group — three each from opposite ends of the gun-control spectrum — and worked with them to see how they’d recommend dealing with excessive gun violence.
Heartbroken to once again hear of another mass shooting tragedy in America, this time at a newspaper in Annapolis. When will the Republicans who control Congress have the courage to buck the NRA and act on gun safety bills to stop the next shooting?
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) June 28, 2018
Thought that just went through my mind: This is what Putin does to reporters. #Annapolis
— Ladd Everitt (@LaddEveritt) June 28, 2018
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 28, 2018