How productive has Congress been this year?

December 12, 2017 Samuel Northrop 0

The 115th session of Congress has passed more laws than other sessions in the last two decades, despite not yet having any major legislation to show for it. GovTrack keeps a record of all legislative activities, and the current session of Congress, now closing in on its halfway point, is on track to pass several former sessions in some indicators.

Are Australian gun laws a viable model for the U.S.?

October 24, 2017 Samuel Northrop 0

Nearly every mass shooting in the U.S. sparks a relitigation of the country’s gun laws, or lack thereof. Policy proponents say more regulation will keep firearms out of the hands of those who intend to harm others, while gun-rights groups say criminals don’t follow laws and would ignore gun laws as well. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to bear arms, but many other developed countries do not have a reciprocal right.