Gun Control

  • June 15, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    In The New York TimesMatt Apuzzo and Eric Lichtblau consider proactive measures that could have prevented the recent shooting in Orlando, quoting ACS President Caroline Fredrickson who says, “I think the F.B.I. has an incredibly hard job, because this guy seems like a lone wolf. He was an American citizen born in the United States.”

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday rejected a challenge to the FCC’s Open Internet Order. In Huffington Post, Candace Clement discusses the importance of this decision. 

    The American Medical Association has announced that it is adopting a policy calling the epidemic of gun violence in America a “public health crisis,” reports Richard Gonzales at NPR

    Justin Miller at The American Prospect celebrates the building momentum behind local minimum wage hikes across the country, highlighting recent victories in California, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. 

  • June 14, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    At The Hill, Jesse Byrnes discusses Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the 2016 ACS National Convention. More press coverage of the convention is available here.

    In The New York Times, ACS Board member Adam Winkler urges lawmakers to pass legislation banning people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms.

    According to a study published by the New York University Law Review, “the Senate has never before transferred a president’s appointment power in comparable circumstances to an unknown successor,” says Adam Liptak in The New York Times.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Tuesday upheld “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, reports The Chicago Tribune.  

  • January 15, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    Harold Meyerson at The American Prospect warns against a future without public employee unions and urges progressives to both accept blame for the decline of unions and assume responsibility for preserving their viability.

    In Daily Kos, Public Justice Executive Director Paul Bland says that his law firm is filing a lawsuit challenging a blatantly unconstitutional North Carolina “ag-gag” law that seeks to punish whistleblowers who inform the public about improper conduct at factory farms.

    A federal judge further delayed a class-action lawsuit settlement involving over 7 million defective Remington rifles after both parties in the case said they need more time to develop a better plan for alerting the public to this dangerous defect, reports Scott Cohn at CNBC.

    A recent study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that “70 percent of guns seized in Mexico and traced by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from 2009 to 2014 came from the U.S.,” highlighting the global consequences of America’s lax gun control laws, reports German Lopez at Vox.

    Lawrence NordenBrent Ferguson and Douglas Keith at The Brennan Center for Justice examine six closely divided decisions by the Roberts Supreme Court that drastically transformed the landscape of campaign finance in America, mostly for the worse.

  • January 8, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    Ahead of Monday’s oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, Alana Semuels at The Atlantic explains how the controversial Supreme Court case could significantly impede unions’ fundraising abilities. A ruling in favor of the petitioners would uproot “the legal foundations of thousands of public-sector bargaining agreements, covering millions of workers providing all manner of public services,” reports the Editorial Board at The Nation.

    In an op-ed for the New York Times, President Barack Obama urges Americans to assume responsibility for bringing an end to the epidemic of gun violence plaguing the United States. Leading constitutional law scholars, including ACS Board members Elise BoddieErwin Chemerinsky and Adam Winkler, defend the constitutionality of his executive action in this letter.

    Elsewhere in The New York Times, ACS Board member Linda Greenhouse laments the haunting legacy of DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, a decision handed down by the Rehnquist Court that immunized the federal government from being held accountable for the well-being of individuals who were once under its care.

    Wendi C. Thomas and Frederick McKissack, Jr. at The American Prospect trace the development of the “Fight for 15” movement from a small battle waged by New York fast food workers and car washers into a national campaign for improved working conditions and wages.

  • January 6, 2016

    by Jim Thompson

    In a speech before a New Orleans Catholic high school, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia “reaffirmed the suspicion that he doesn’t understand – or willfully ignores – the First Amendment of the Constitution,” suggesting that the Constitution does not require the government to be neutral on religion, says Sean Illing at Salon.

    At SCOTUSblog, ACS Board members Reva Siegel and Linda Greenhouse criticize conservative lawmakers for undermining a woman’s right to make personal healthcare choices without influence from the state.

    On Tuesday, hundreds of women, including elected officials such as former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, signed “friend-of-the-court” briefs and shared personal stories about ending pregnancies to humanize abortion for members of the high court, reports Richard Wolf at USA Today.

    In The American Prospect, Sarah Posner explains how Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association could facilitate renewed debate over the presence of religion in public schools.

    At Law Professors Blog, Steven D. Schwinn, co-faculty advisor of the ACS John Marshall Law School‒Chicago Student Chapter, evaluates claims that President Obama’s executive action on gun control violates the separation of powers, ultimately concluding that his orders are valid enforcements of federal law.

    The editors at Democracy Journal present “16 for ‘16” – an election-year project to provide practical, effective reforms for solving major public issues.