Issue Brief posted September 11, 2013
Two Constitutional Wrongs Don’t Make a Right: Why Conservatives Should Just Say “No” to Nullification
A number of states, including Missouri, Kansas, and Alaska either have passed or are considering state laws intended to invalidate federal statutes, most notably, federal gun laws. Many have modeled their bills on Montana’s “Firearms Freedom Act,” which was recently struck down by a federal appeals court. In so doing, they have drawn upon the political doctrine of…
Issue Brief posted August 22, 2013
Overmilitarization: Why Law Enforcement Needs to Scale Down Its Use of Military Hardware and Tactics
Call it American law enforcement’s “We’re going to need a bigger boat” moment.
In the summer of 1965, a six-day frenzy of looting, burning, and sniping consumed 46 square miles of Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles. The rioters used tactics closely resembling 20th-century guerilla warfare—with people running and shooting in all directions, rather than massing in a single…