Homecoming Legal Lecture to Focus on Second Amendment


    Homecoming Legal Lecture to Focus on Second Amendment

    The W. Edward Sell Legal Lecture, scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013, as part of Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, will be on the Second Amendment and the disagreement among historians, politicians and jurists vis-a-vis the meaning of the Amendment. The Amendment reads:

    “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the free state, the

    right of the people to keep and bear arms,shall not be infringed.”

    More specifically the Homecoming program will focus on gun rights, gun violence and gun restrictions at the state as well as federal level. Panelists will discuss the ambiguity of the language of the Amendment and its impact on the most recent rulings of the High Bench such as, District of Columbia v. Heller 2008 and McDonald v. Chicago 2010.

    Additionally, the panelists will discuss the politics of gun control and the power of groups such as the NRA, the Brady Campaign, and the Bloomberg Advocacy Group.

    Questions to be considered include:
    What was the original meaning of the Amendment at the time it was ratified?
    Does the Amendment protect a personal right to gun ownership or only a collective right to participate in the militia?
    What type of weapons does an individual have a right to own?
    Can the “in common use standard” be adequately defined?
    Is gun violence a product of inadequate gun control?
    What can be done to keep guns from violent individuals?
    Why is the United States alone among democratic states with such limited restriction on gun ownership and high levels of gun violence?

    Panelist include:
    Mike Lucas, Esq. ‘89
    Mark Rush, Esq. ‘84
    Congressman Tom Rooney ‘93

    Robert B. Shust, Esq., '59 will be presented with the W. Edward Sell '45 Legal Achievement Award for his contributions to the legal community, his alma mater and his nation.

    CLE credits are available for attendees.
    The lecture will be held at 8:30 a.m. in the Allen Ballroom.

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