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The Second Amendment: It's not that complicated.

I am not a legal scholar. Nor do I consider myself the smartest person in any room. But the language of the Second Amendment seems clear to me. It says: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. It does not say that you have a right to bear arms to shoot squirrels, targets and certainly not other people. The right to bear arms is to have a “well-regulated Militia.” And that Militia is to ensure the security of the “States”. Contrary to my Second Amendment enthusiasts, it is not there to provide arms to the citizens to oppose the State. It was not until more than 200 years after the C

What Happened to Reasoned Discourse?

Because I am a trial lawyer, I am regularly engaged in arguments, sometimes fierce arguments, with opposing counsel. I am equally involved in arguments with Judges about the need for certain rulings made in my clients favor. And yes, even the arguments with Judges can become heated. But at the end of the day we can have friendly conversations without rancor or bitterness. We recognize that the lawyers and Judges have differing roles. The lawyer representing my opponent is going to be doing things that I do not like. That is his job. I will be doing the same. Equally the Judge has to make rulings on the issues presented and it is often not clear what the outcome should be. But the Jud

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