What kind of right is the right to film police?
It is pretty clear to me that there ought to be some kind of right to photograph and film police, especially arrests. And yet, at least one US District Judge Finds no First Amendment Right to Film or Photograph Police: We find there is no First Amendment right under our governing law to observe and record…
Partisanship Has Reduced Our Efficacy as Citizens
I’ve been thinking a lot about the new evidence that partisan distrust and even hatred now trumps racial hatred. Consider the now-famous Iyengar/Westwood study, “Fear and Loathing across Party Lines: New Evidence on Group Polarization.” Iyengar and Westwood showed that partisan identification has ceased to be a wholly ideological or instrumental self-description. It’s gone from…
Are gun suicides gun deaths?
Suicides make up 2/3 of all firearms deaths, but those deaths are probably not preventable by restricting access to guns.
An American With a Gun Kills Students, Again
I have a two year old daughter, and I’m overwhelmed every time this happens with fear and anger. I teach at a university, and I feel special fear every time there is an active shooter reported, though I quickly cover it with bravado and statistical arguments. (There were two on my old campus in a…