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Friday, May 13, 2022

Mason said she didn't know she was ineligible to vote when she cast a provisional ballot in 2016, but she was sentenced to five years. Now, the Court of Criminal Appeals says an appellate court that affirmed her conviction must look again at the evidence of Mason's intent. read more


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Benjamin Wittes: It is no exaggeration to say that the history of the United States has never seen an account of a president's conduct quite so devastating as the first nine pages of Judge David Carter's opinion of March 28 in Eastman v. Thompson. The opinion, legally speaking, concerns the Jan. 6 Committee's efforts to secure emails from John Eastman, the law professor who provided President Trump with advice aimed at overturning the 2020 election. But that is not why it will be remembered. read more


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Despite widespread claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent or poorly managed, election administration did not just persevere under unexpected and challenging conditions"it improved.


States that mailed a ballot to every registered voter in 2020's presidential election saw voter turnout increase by an average of 5.6 percent, and turnout was even higher among infrequent voters, according to the first peer-reviewed academic study of 2020 mail voting.


Monday, February 28, 2022

"The American Revolution"what was revolutionary about it was it had this audacious idea that rights were from God, not from a government," he said from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) main stage in Orlando. "The founders of this nation understood that human nature was, if they ever got power, there would always be people that would want to make everybody else live, think, say the things they wanted them to say, and do the things they wanted them to do. And they built protections against it. Because none of us are immune from it."


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I mean laws like the one that that a Federal Court, relying heavily on the Heller decision, just overturned in California this past week that had it been in place nationwide would have stopped this shooter from legally purchasing the rifle.

You mean the one that would have allowed the purchase if he had a hunting license? reason.com

BTW, this was not a merits decision so the law was not overturned. The panel opinion dealt with denial of a preliminary injunction but we'll have to wait see what the en banc court does. CA gun laws have faired quite well before the en banc Ninth Circuit.

It has long been established that a gun in your home is more likely to be used against a person who lives in the home or an invited guest than it is to be used against an intruder.

But how about the more straightforward question of whether owning a gun makes you more or less safe? One widely influential study that has constantly resurfaced in headlines since it was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1993 concluded that, "rather than confer protection, guns kept in the home are associated with an increase in the risk of homicide by a family member or intimate acquaintance."

There are major problems with this study. First of all, the researchers concluded that keeping a gun at home increases a person's risk of being killed, but nearly half the murders they included in their analysis were not committed with a firearm. And among gun owners who were killed with a gun, the authors didn't establish whether the weapon used was the victim's own gun or if it belonged to another person.

This points to another explanation for why research on this topic is so often inconclusive: individual differences can't easily be controlled for in social science research. A gun expert with a gun safe in a high crime neighborhood may well be safer with a gun, whereas a careless alcoholic living in a low crime area who keeps loaded guns in his kids' closet is certainly going to be less safe. People want a simple overall answer to whether guns make you less safe or more safe in order to inform legislation, but social science cannot deliver that.

Link at #3.

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