Article on self-defense and CCW laws
An interesting article on those laws, noting that six states have passed "Castle Doctrine" bills, two more passed modified versions of them, similar measures are pending in 16 more, and 48 now allow CCW (note that does not mean have liberalized CCW measures, just that they don't follow the old Western rule of forbidding it entirely. By the measure used here, for example, NY and MA "allow" CCW since you can in theory get a permit).
It's interesting from a historical perspective. Ten or fifteen years ago the Brady Campaign was on the march, and pro-gun forces on the defensive.