The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the the Obama Administration is vetting Tulane University law professor Stephen M.Griffin for a potential seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. (Hat tip: How Appealing). Prof. Griffin is a prolific scholar who has written quite extensively about constitutional law and is a listed contributor to the legal blog, Balkinization. His nomination would given Senate Judiciary Committee staffers lots of work to do.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More