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Topic - Richard A. Posner
Anti-gun jurisdictions are in trouble. Tuesday's 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision striking down the Illinois ban on concealed carry has put in the crosshairs the reluctance of the District and Maryland to allow citizens to exercise their right to self-defense outside the home.
Late Friday, Judge Richard A. Posner of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set himself up as both judge and jury and found Conrad Black, once the head of one of the most illustrious publishing chains in the world, guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice in running his newspapers. That is somewhat of a comedown for our criminal justice system. Years ago, the Department of Justice arrayed about 13 charges against Black, including tax evasion, racketeering, various types of fraud and that lonely obstruction-of-justice charge. Black beat the department back on nine of 13 charges, leaving just three fraud charges and the obstruction charge against him. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison. Then sanity intruded.
As Judge Richard A. Posner wrote, "A woman who is being stalked ... has a stronger self-defense claim to be allowed to carry a gun in public than the resident of a fancy apartment building (complete with doorman) has a claim to sleep with a loaded gun under her mattress."
The judge nodded to the state's position that a gun is a potential danger to more people in public than if only kept at home, but he added that knowing "many law-abiding citizens are walking the streets armed may make criminals timid."