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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            POSTED 02-21-18

 
                                                                    

Gun Laws: What are the Facts ?

Deadly assault weapons were once banned from the United States when a federal law banned such weapons in the year 1994.  However, the 1994 law came with a “sunset provision” meaning the law expired after a certain amount of time - which was 10 years - unless further action is taken to extend the law. But extending the ban past ten years did not occur.  A new law would have to be re-enacted to ban assault weapons again on the national level.

The ten-year ban did, however, give some idea what it can be like without assault weapons in the environment - that is – with laws preventing a person from manufacturing, transferring, or possessing an automatic or semi-automatic assault weapon.

Below are the data showing what happened before the 1994-2004 ban, the time during this ten-year ban, and the time after:

                    

Gun Massacres (involving 6 or more deaths) Before, During, and After a Federal Ban on Assault Weapons
(Source: Louis Klarevas via The Washington Post)

It is plain to see that compared to a previous ten-year period, the banning of assault weapons caused a decline in deaths from gun massacres by 43%.  But after the ban ended in 2004, the number of deaths increased to 239%.  These are the facts based on a collection of data – and the facts don’t lie.  Any society troubled by gun problems would do well to make reference to the above.  If there is any doubt about how to construct a law – try the facts.

 

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POSTED 11-18-15

Law and Health

Law-and-health go hand-in-hand in such a way that one’s understanding of the law may actually depend on one’s health.   It is known that a healthy individual will score higher on a comprehensive exam than an unhealthy individual.  This has shown true for subjects such as math and science, economics, and language – but also true for law. 

It could be formulated that the amount of law one can understand is proportional to their health.  A healthy well-adjusted individual can think openly and logically, make inferences and deductions correctly, and not become deterred by minor faults or discrepancies.  A person plagued by mental disability, however, won’t always make the right associations, deduce the facts incorrectly, and become deterred by minor discrepancies that don’t really matter. 

 It is easily expressed that a healthy society is a lawful society.

A Shield of Protection

Ever since biblical times law has been regarded the crux of civilization.  Laws were soon developed into a framework – a set of constitutional or bylaws  – by which a “shield of protection” is placed about its people, protecting the safety and rights of its citizens. 

A framework-of-law shields its people against violators and wrongdoers, while ensuring their safety and survival.

A purely open society will most likely not succeed.  It is not sufficient to be without form.  A society without form is like a “society of amoebas”.  (An amoeba is a single-celled organism with no definite shape and considered a lowest form of life). 

Law has developed into the back-bone of civilization.  All cases coming before a court are decided by a statement of law.  All judgments are backed by a law.  The successful handling of legal cases ensures our shield of protection.

A society that does not successfully apply the law will weaken its framework and no longer possess a “shield” to protect its citizens.  It will fall victim to malaise.  The citizens will become fearful and irrational, meet ill-fate, and die young. 


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Law Education

If you ever heard the saying “experience makes the best teacher” this is possibly no truer than when it comes to the practice of law.  It seems that the generalities of law, regardless of how many ways stated - don’t ever seem to hit home - and one must view specific examples to ever understand what the law means.  Law students will not be concentrating on the subjects of moral ethics or philosophy (although these are good to know) as much as they will be taking up the study of real case examples. 

Business owners, or those carrying through a business concept to fruition, often vouch that experience is the best teacher.  Nonetheless, the following are considered the top ten law schools in the United States: 1


1)  Yale University 
(New Haven, Connecticut)
2)  Harvard University  (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
3)  Stanford University  (Stanford, California)
4)  Columbia University 
(New York, New York)
5)  University of Chicago 
(Chicago, Illinois)
6)   New York University 
(New York, New York)
7)  University of Pennsylvania 
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
8)  Duke University 
(Durham, North Carolina)
9)  University of California – Berkeley 
(Berkeley, California)
10)  University of Virginia 
(Charlottesville, Virginia)

The best law schools rated in the world are (2015): 2    


1)  Harvard University 
(Cambridge, Massachusetts)
2)  University of Cambridge  (Cambridge, England)
3)  University of Oxford 
(Oxford, England)
4)  Yale University 
(New Haven, Connecticut)
5)   New York University 
(New York, New York)
6)  Stanford University 
(Stanford, California)
7)  London School of Economics and Political Science 
(London, England)
8)  The University of Melbourne  
(Victoria, Australia)
9)  University of California - Berkeley 
(Berkeley, California)
10)  Columbia University 
(New York, New York)

1.  U.S. News and World Report 2015
2.  Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Limited and AboveTheLaw.com (2015)

   

 

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