“A Debate: The Future of Firearms Laws in the U.S. “
“On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Cornell Law School, Alan Gura, a partner in Gura & Possessky P.L.L.C., and Michael Dorf, the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law debated the 2nd Amendment and state gun control laws. Professor Dorf is a constitutional law expert who formerly served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Mr. Gura, a Cornell University undergraduate alumnus, successfully argued the landmark 2nd Amendment Supreme Court cases DC v. Heller in 2008 and McDonald v. City of Chicago in 2010. This event was organized by the Federalist Society and Cornell Law 2nd Amendment Club.”
Lengthy but very interesting, if only because it gives you some clear insight into the way “interpretation” (and what it is we believe ourselves to be doing when we claim to be interpreting) — often (mistakenly or cynically) presented as neutral, but frequently used actively by those whose goal it is to justify or strike down policy, and “reason” backward from a predetermined conclusion — plays the most crucial role in settling law. At least, that’s the subtext.
Everything else is a political game that is enabled by a failure to provide a proper framework for establishing meaning by way of establishing intent.
There’s nothing “fundamentally unserious” about noting this. In fact, it’s been our failure on the right to accept the seriousness of the issue that has greased the skids for a perpetual slide leftward.
Via William Jacobson (h/t newrouter)