Monday, January 25, 2016

Presentation on 2nd Amendment, links

 Although I know most of you won’t be able to attend, I wanted to invite you to my upcoming presentation of the Second Amendment at the College of Complexes meeting at Roma’s Pizza (7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas) starting at 6 pm on Saturday night Jan. 30.  You might want to get there early as a big crowed is expected.  For information on the College of Complexes in Dallas see

A video of this presentation will be available on that website sometime later.  Check it out if you can't be there.

Even if you won’t be there, the links below might be of value if you are interested in the topic.

 I strongly recommend checking out presentations on topics of interest, as the presentations are always worthwhile.

I look on this presentation as being as much of an educational one as much as a piece of advocacy.

 If you are really into this kind of stuff, bring a copy of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to the meeting and/or check them out beforehand.

 I will be drawing heavily and commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.  Focus is on Justice Scalia’s majority opinion and, to a lesser extent on Justice Stevens’ dissent.  You need to read both opinions to get both sides of the story.  If you are looking for material to challenge this presenter, this dissent is a good place to start.

The citation for this case is 554 U.S. 570 or 128 S.Ct. 2783. If you go to these opinions, be sure the check out the syllabus and headnotes first.  However, these  are available only for the majority opinion.  Or, go directly to

 Court opinions tend to be long and hard to read.  Wikipedia is usually accurate and relatively readable.




I also strongly recommend the very readable and entertaining book by Prof. Adam Winkler titled, Gun Fight: The Battle Over The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which discusses the Heller case. 


You will have a chance to post your comments and rebuttals to the presentation on this post on this blog.  Even if you didn't attend and want to say something about the Second Amendment, feel free to post a comment.

Along with privacy, Fourth Amendment, and Freedom of Speech and Press, Second Amendment rights are also under current serious attack in this country.  Freedom of Religion is also threatened, but not as much as many people think.  (If possible) “Be there if you care, don’t be square.”

 Hope to see you there!



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