Christopher Valen's Blog – June 2008 Archive (3)

The Second Amendment

Yesterday’s 5-4 Supreme Court ruling striking down the District of Columbia's ban on handguns and affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home raises the question, yet again, as to the meaning of the Second Amendment. Does the amendment specifically protect an individual's right to own guns, or is that right specifically tied to service in a state militia?

The Second Amendment reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on June 28, 2008 at 2:32am — 8 Comments

Justice Survives

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling recognizing Habeas Corpus rights for Guantanamo prisoners means that justice has survived in the USA for another day - - just barely.

Most people are unaware that of the nearly 770 men held at Guantanamo since the base opened, only 19 have actually been charged. There are currently about 250 men who are being held without charges in Guantanamo. Many of them have been held for over six years.

Now just step back and think about that last… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on June 14, 2008 at 5:15am — 1 Comment

The Failed War On Drugs

Tatum O’Neal’s recent arrest for drug possession is another sad reminder of America’s failed war on drugs.

The drug market today in the United States is estimated at $150 billion a year. We have the highest incarceration rate for any Western nation at a cost of $30 billion a year. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 81% of these dollars are spent on substance-involved offenders. One in three African-American males are in prison on drug-related charges. Gang and gun violence… Continue

Added by Christopher Valen on June 7, 2008 at 1:04pm — 4 Comments

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