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Robert VerBruggen
by | Feb 21, 2008

It didn’t take long for comparisons to pop up between last week’s Northern Illinois University shooting and the massacre at Virginia Tech last year. Neither school managed to stop a single senseless murder, the gunmen having killed themselves before campus…

by | Jan 16, 2008

The current challenge to the District of Columbia’s gun laws is the first Supreme Court case to directly consider the right to bear arms in seven decades. DC law virtually bans handguns, and it requires that long guns be non-functional…

by | Jan 2, 2008

The Recording Industry Association of America really ought to hold the moral high ground in its fight to stop illegal downloading of music. Record labels invest unquantifiable amounts of time, care, and money in finding, recording, distributing, and promoting new…

by | Dec 31, 2007

When Americans nominate their presidential candidates next year, the Second Amendment won’t be the first thing on their minds. The issue didn’t even appear in a recent CNN poll that found that the economy, Iraq, health care, immigration, and terrorism…

by | Dec 3, 2007

College newspapers hone journalism talent, but they do so by providing an outlet where mistakes, while discouraged, are part of the process. (I should know — I wrote for and eventually edited one.) Though all speech deserves criticism, it’s always…

by | Nov 14, 2007

It’s an interesting Republican primary when two of the leading candidates have long records supporting abortion rights. The issue poses the biggest threat to Rudy Giuliani. He possesses a broad appeal, but soon he’ll have to face a nationwide conservative…

by | Sep 7, 2007

The crossroads between tragedy and policy is a treacherous one. There’s harm in converting one’s immediate, gut-level emotions into law, but by the same token, it’s not smart to ignore a drastic turn of events, either. So the Virginia Tech…

by | Jul 10, 2007

God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything By Christopher Hitchens (Twelve Books, 320 pages, $24.99) Watching Christopher Hitchens on television after Jerry Falwell died, it was clear the celebrated writer was beyond irked. Rather than politely disagreeing with the…

by | Mar 13, 2007

Last Friday’s Parker v. District of Columbia ruling ruling (pdf) was an incredible triumph for gun rights. The federal D.C. court of appeals ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, striking down the…

by | Feb 8, 2007

Gay marriage opponents have bandied about plenty of arguments, but perhaps the most popular involves homosexuals’ inability to bear children. This school of thought concedes that every marriage involves an element of personal satisfaction — indeed, if getting married won’t…

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