Instapundit a.k.a. Glenn Reynolds blogged about the Claremont Institute's Brandeis brief earlier today. Naturally the brief is for the respondent, Heller. Here's the pdf. The brief has been compiled with the help of some of the nation's leading gun scholars!
Heller is the Second Amendment case pending before the United States Supreme Court. Oral arguments will be heard in March. It is the first Second Amendment case to go before the Court since 1939 and may decide the scope of firearm rights in the U.S.
(For those of you who don't know, a Brandeis brief is one that tries to make use of the scientific studies or other data to support a respondent or petitioner. )
I won't go into too much detail right now, but suffice it to say, this is awesome. Just look at the headings of each section! It's music to my libertarian ears.
I. There Is No Evidence That The District's Gun Prohibitions Have Produced Good ResultsWe should be so proud to be associated with a school that is associated with a group that produces such influential documents. God willing, Heller will establish gun rights for all of us.
II. Criminological Evidence from the United States and from Foreign Jurisdictions Discredits the Notion that "More Guns Equals More Murders."
III. Even National Gun Bans Fails to Reduce Violence
IV. Handgun Bans Do Not Reduce Suicide Rates
V. The District's Ban on Armed Home Defense Admits of No Implied Exception.
VI. Whatever Benefits Gun Control Offers Can Be Accomplished By a Permit or Background Check System.