Robert A. Levy

Robert A. Levy is senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and author of the new book Shakedown: How Corporations, Government, and Trial Lawyers Abuse the Judicial Process (Cato Institute).

They Never Learn


“What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage.” So said the New York Times in its predictable but wrongheaded editorial the day after the horrific events at Virginia Tech. Anti-gun advocates, however noble their motives, help create the environment in which horrors like Virginia Tech occur. Possession […]

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Playing Chicken Roulette


Imagine that your local government makes it a crime to engage in an activity that you believe to be constitutionally protected — like possessing a handgun in your home for self-defense. Imagine further that the weight of legal scholarship, from liberals and conservatives alike, holds that the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep […]

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Courts Defend Guns


Remember S. 1805, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act? It blocked most gun liability suits in federal and state courts. Back in March, the Senate rejected the bill, 90-8. Even its Republican sponsors turned against it, as did the National Rifle Association. That’s because wily opponents had added two “poison pill” amendments — […]

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Yaser Hamdi and Congress


Yaser Hamdi is the U.S. citizen who was captured in Afghanistan — allegedly a member of the Taliban — then designated as an “enemy combatant” and held incommunicado in a military brig for more than two years without any charges filed. Now he has been released. Hamdi has renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved to […]

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Appointments With Dr. Dean


Many years ago, waiting in the anteroom of Dr. Howard Dean’s office, I struck up a conversation with Al Gore. Each of us was under the misimpression that the other was there for a medical checkup. The reality was quite different. Al was, of course, quite a powerhouse in Democratic circles. I was, immodest though […]

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