Humorous report of Lexington/Concord
"Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement."
SCOTUS takes no action on Drake
Drake v. Jerejian, the challenge to New Jersey's "may issue" system for licensing to carry, was set for the conference (where votes are taken) of last Friday. Today the Court issued its orders from that conference, and said nothing about the case. It's now up for consideration on April 25.
Conferences are entirely private, so we can't know what went on. I can think of several possibilities. Most obviously, perhaps some Justices wanted longer to think it over. A good sign. Or perhaps they wanted to see what would happen in the Ninth Circuit -- will California be allowed to intervene, which might mean a petition for cert.? There really is no way to say, although either of these possibilities mean the Court is giving it serious consideration.
Chicago "reduces crime" by cooking the books...
Story here. Under pressure from the mayor and high level administrators, police reports are changed to reclassify murders as non-criminal deaths, and aggravated assaults are understated by nearly 25%.
Unarmed man goes on shooting rampage
It's the title of this piece, by Mark Stein. NYC police open fire on an unarmed mentally ill person. They miss him but hit two bystanders. So the DA charges the person they tried to shoot with aggravated assault, on the theory that his conduct caused the officers to shoot the bystanders. As Stein concludes, "If this flies in New York, then there is no law." Which probably means it will fly.
Bloomberg canonizes himself
I can't say that I'm surprised. The College of Cardinals takes forever on things like this, and they appoint a Devil's Advocate, who would surely have raised the point that a living person is ineligible for sainthood.
Article on the Dred Scott case
My article on the Dred Scott case is out at Northern Kentucky Law Review. It was a set-up, I tell you! And the greatest legal example of the law of unintended consequences. CJ Taney meant to insulate slavery in every way possible (Federal courts have no jurisdiction over allegedly free blacks, Congress cannot limit slavery in the territories, and territorial legislatures cannot, either), and instead his ruling made Lincoln president, and led directly to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
Origin of "zero tolerance" in schools
In the Clinton Presidential Library I found this memo, listing the administration's claimed successes in the gun control area.
On page two, under "Enforcing Zero Tolerance for Guns and Other Weapons in Schools," is a notation that Clinton signed the gun-free schools act, requring schools to expel anyone bringing a firearm to school, and issued a Presidential Directive to enforce that.
Arrest at airport for gun law violation; NYC officials ask for reasonableness
Of course, it's one of their employees, and the arrest took place in India. Still, it's amusing to see Chuck Schumer asking for a gun law violation to be excused because it was so technical.
With regard that stand-off in Nevada, it appears the FAA declared a no-fly zone around the property. A rather small one (3 miles radius, and 3000 feet and below altitude above ground). with an exemption: "ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF BLM ARE AUTHORIZED IN THE AIRSPACE"
UPDATE: I suspected they'd delete the page, so here's a screen pull.
Officer murdered, mayor attends murderer's funeral
This is not a case of good judgment. The killer was not a model citizen. He had prior convictions for drug offenses, resisting arrest, theft, assault on an officer, and a sex crime.
Remington 700 recall
You can check your serial number against their list here. The affected rifles are 700s and Model 7s made between May 2006 and now, using the XMP trigger. They've found that under some conditions it can accidentally discharge.
Not a bad idea, actually
Let the NRA run America. Its Board of Directors has had no sex or economic scandals, works for no pay, does its job in nine days out of the year, and has numbered plenty of Medal of Honor winners among its ranks. Of course to be fair, Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership should also get seats. And we could turn over California to CalGuns, and New York to NYSRPA for an equally beneficial effect. The shortest route to honest and efficient government! Which is of course why it will never be done.
Drake v. Jerejihan cert reply filed.
This the NJ appeal involving gun permits issued upon a finding of "justifiable need," whatever that means. Scotusblog has pdfs of all the filings. The reply points out that now the Third Circuit, involved in this case, and the Ninth Circuit, which handed down Peruta, are in clear conflict.
The Court will vote on April 18 whether to take it.
Growth of Federal LE
Egad. No wonder there are ammo shortages. Federal LEOs number about 25,000, and almost every agency has them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (which I'd never heard of) has 9. HUD has 264. DHS has 686. EPA has 265.