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UCLA Constitutional Law Professor: Gun Control Can’t Stop A ‘Madman’

 

 

 

 

” Not everyone in Los Angeles, California, is brain dead when it comes to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Trust me. Not only do I live in sunny LA, but UCLA Constitutional Law Professor Adam Winkler also resides in the area.

Winkler, as some of you may know, is the author of the highly touted, “Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” a book that examines the debate over gun control in a reasonable and unbiased manner.

Well, on the heels of a mass shooting near Santa Monica College this past Friday that left five people dead, including the gunman, and at least five people injured, local pundits, lawmakers and pro-gun control activists were trumpeting for tighter restrictions on gun ownership in a place that already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

By their logic, the deranged shooter with a history of mental illness and an interest in bomb making, 23-year-old John Zawahiri, who carried an AR-15 and .44 revolver along with 1,300 rounds of ammo, most of which was loaded in 30-round magazines, might have been stopped if their were stricter gun laws in place.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guns.com on Civil Rights Leader and Gun-owner Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is best known as a man of profound peace, who applied Gandhi’s teachings ofnon-violent direct action to the plight of oppressed blacks in America, of course setting the stage for the Civil Rights movement.  It then may come as a surprise to some that the Reverend King, in keeping in line with Gandhi, believed strongly in the human right to self-defense and had even applied for a handgun carry permit after his house had been bombed to defend his family from the bigoted minds of that era.  He was denied.

UCLA law professor Adam Winkler explains King’s relationship with firearms in his book Gunfight.  He writes:

Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the 1956, as the civil rights movement heated up, King turned to firearms for self-protection and he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.”

Obama Faces ‘Limited’ Options On Executive Action On Gun Violence

 

 

 

” Legal experts say the most significant changes being considered by Biden’s task force – including an assault weapons ban, a prohibition on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales – would all require congressional action.

“His options are limited,” Adam Winkler, constitutional scholar at the UCLA School of Law, said by phone Friday. “He can seek to better enforce existing federal law, but he can’t act contrary to existing federal law.”

Winkler and others say Obama can install changes like new importation limits on weapons, tougher law-enforcement policies and greater cooperation between federal agencies sharing criminal and mental-health records – all without Congress’s blessing.

Biden and other administration officials are holding their cards very close to the vest, but past actions from the White House – combined with some of the vice president’s brief public comments from this week – lend some clues about what type of executive actions might be under consideration. “