James Madison Memorial, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Original Intent, the Second Amendment and my nerdy love for James Madison

James Madison, father of the United States Constitution and co-author of the Federalist Papers, once said in a letter to Judge Roane (Virginia judge and member of the Virginia House of Delegates), It could not but happen, and was foreseen at the birth of the Constitution, that difficulties and differences of opinion might occasionally arise … Continue reading Original Intent, the Second Amendment and my nerdy love for James Madison

Executive Orders, Gun Control and the Power of Creative Journalism

What is an Executive Order? Executive Orders have long been a controversial power of the President of the United States.  Their very existence is based on a loose interpretation of the US Constitution's grant of "executive power" to the President.  While typically used to help manage the agencies under the purview of the executive branch, … Continue reading Executive Orders, Gun Control and the Power of Creative Journalism

Addressing the subject of gun control is kind of like lighting a match next to a gas tank.

I’m starting this off with full disclosure: I hate guns.  The idea of being around guns scares the hell out of me.  I don’t want them in my house.  I’m aware that my personal feelings about guns significantly impact my feelings on gun control.  However, I also believe that I’m a rational, intelligent human being … Continue reading Addressing the subject of gun control is kind of like lighting a match next to a gas tank.