Dan Peterson

Dan Peterson is an attorney who practices firearms law in Northern Virginia. 

Cloudy With a Chance of Weapons and Gold


The machine guns roared, pouring tens of thousands of bullets into the night’s blackness. Suddenly: Ka-WHOOOMP! WAAHHHMP! WHA-OOOOMP!! Enormous fireballs flashed into yellow-white existence, mutating into billows of orange flame 100 feet high. The pulse of shock and heat hit my skin. As the explosions faded, the night air was lit by an endless fusillade […]

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America’s Virginian


Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New NationBy Harlow Giles Unger(Da Capo Press, 322 pages, $26) Among the men who did the most for the American Revolution, Patrick Henry is probably the least appreciated. The admirable new biography of Henry, Lion of Liberty by historian Harlow Giles Unger, goes far to […]

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Poured Concrete for the Soul


Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning By Nancy Pearcey (B&H Publishing Group, 328 pages, $26.99) The Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in the District of Columbia is one of the ugliest buildings I’ve ever seen. It’s a hulking, windowless pile of poured concrete, constructed in 1971. Over […]

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A Splendid, Precarious Victory


There is now a class of people in this country who at every turn seek to increase the power of government at the expense of the people’s freedom, who in practice have largely inverted the meaning of the Constitution, who hold in contempt the beliefs on which this country was founded and prospered, and who […]

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Blown Away


Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent DesignBy Stephen C. Meyer (HarperOne, 611 pages, $28.99)  WHEN I LEARNED THAT Dr. Stephen Meyer had written a new book on the evidence of design displayed in living cells, I expected to be impressed by it. I wasn’t prepared to have my mind blown—which is […]

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What’s the Big Deal About Intelligent Design?


This article appears in the December-January issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe, please click here. The Sea of Faith Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furl’d. But now I only hear Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, Retreating, to the breath Of the […]

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The Little Engine That Could…Undo Darwinism


This article appeared as the cover story in the June issue of The American Spectator. To subscribe, please click here. IMAGINE A NANOTECHNOLOGY MACHINE far beyond the state of the art: a microminiaturized rotary motor and propeller system that drives a tiny vessel through liquid. The engine and drive mechanism are composed of 40 parts, […]

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