Gun Rights and Gun Control in California
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The US Supreme Court said yesterday that every American has the right to own a handgun at home. But it also said there can be "reasonable regulations.” Will local laws on concealed weapons, trigger locks and ammunition sales still be enforceable? We talk with an attorney for the NRA. Also, could America build Hoover Dam again—even if it wanted to? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, last week, a joint committee of Congress stunned even supporters of finance reform by coming up with a compromise. Today, it's in trouble again.
Banner image: Rob Woollard An employee of the Project Y2000 firing range stands next to a display of handguns at the range in El Cajon, Southern California. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
Federal Gun Rights and California ()
Yesterday’s 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling said the Second Amendment permits Americans to keep handguns at home for the purpose of self-defense. But, in his majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito also said that "does not imperil every law regulating firearms." He did not say what constitutes what he called "reasonable regulations." We speak with an attorney representing the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and a former commissioner with the LA Police Department.
- Chuck Michel: Civil Rights Attorney, National Rifle Association
- Ann Reiss Lane: Founder and Chair, Women against Gun Violence
Hoover Dam ()
Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer-winning LA Times reporter, who’s written a much-acclaimed book about an astonishing construct most of us take for granted. The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, which provides water and electricity to seven states -- including California, was the brainchild of Teddy Roosevelt. It was begun by Herbert Hoover and dedicated by Franklin Roosevelt, who had opposed its construction but adopted it as a symbol of the New Deal. The book is Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century.
Finance Reform under the Microscope ()
A joint committee reached a surprise compromise last week on finance reform, and President Obama wanted both houses to pass it by the Fourth of July. But the death of Senator Robert Byrd deprived Democrats of a crucial vote, and today Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown pulled out, citing a $19 billion fee he called an unacceptable tax.
- James Barth: former Chief Economist, Office of Thrift Supervision
- Stephen Gandel: Senior Writer, Time Magazine
- Noam Scheiber: Senior Editor, The New Republic, @noamscheiber
- James Surowiecki: Financial Columnist, The New Yorker
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