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I’m not sure that there’s any subject in the United States more contentious than guns. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but when you sit down and think about the arguments that we’ve had over guns, gun control and gun rights, there are no new arguments. Over the last 30 years we’ve heard the exact same arguments over and over and over again. As far as I can tell, there’s no new data. We have reached an impasse. I’m not sure that the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have really changed anything.

From TPM:

A New York town that began assigning an armed police officer to guard a high school in the wake of the Connecticut massacre has suspended the program after an officer accidentally discharged his pistol in a hallway while classes were in session.

Lt. James Janso of the Lloyd police department tells media outlets Officer Sean McCutcheon will be suspended while an investigation continues.

McCutcheon was assigned to the high school in the Hudson Valley town of Highland in January. Janso says the program has been suspended for now.

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  1. What is scary is that I found out the price of ammo has tripled.  We have nuts with guns around us.

  2. I guess Sandy Hook was a blessing to the NRA and their gun and ammo manufacturing sponsors.  Some ammo was completely sold out last week.  It has made target shooting unaffordable.

  3. What has changed is the Supreme Court has ratified an individual right to bear arms, versus a collective right to a militia.  A more liberal leaning prof, Sanford Levinson, pointed out in an article in 1979 (“The Forgotten Second Amendment”) that the word “people” in the Second Amendment should be treated the same as elsewhere in the Bill of Rights.  That sparked the biggest sea change in constitutional adjudication since Brown.  The thought was that once the gun rights folks were secure in an individual right, then objections to regulation would fade, because an absolute ban would be constitutionally impossible.  However thus far that has not been the case.  But no right in the Bill of Rights is unlimited, and that includes gun rights.  Now the real debate begins, which is where to draw the line.

  4. What has changed is the Supreme Court has ratified an individual right to bear arms, versus a collective right to a militia.  A more liberal leaning prof, Sanford Levinson, pointed out in an article in 1979 (“The Forgotten Second Amendment”) that the word “people” in the Second Amendment should be treated the same as elsewhere in the Bill of Rights.  That sparked the biggest sea change in constitutional adjudication since Brown.  The thought was that once the gun rights folks were secure in an individual right, then objections to regulation would fade, because an absolute ban would be constitutionally impossible.  However thus far that has not been the case.  But no right in the Bill of Rights is unlimited, and that includes gun rights.  Now the real debate begins, which is where to draw the line.

  5. @JeffMahigian And they also apparently have money.  There is a class of rich survivalists, like Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy.  Ironically she helped precipitate the very thing she feared.

  6. @JeffMahigian And they also apparently have money.  There is a class of rich survivalists, like Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy.  Ironically she helped precipitate the very thing she feared.

  7. @JeffMahigian And they also apparently have money.  There is a class of rich survivalists, like Adam Lanza’s mother Nancy.  Ironically she helped precipitate the very thing she feared.

  8. JeffMahigian Oh, if it wasn’t Sandy Hook it would have been something else. Remember when Obama was elected the NRA told their members that Obama was going to take their guns away and gun sales went thru the roof. It is always something to scare folks into buying more guns.

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