Yeah, I’m desperate–desperate for some good news.
So I read the following article in the Times most eagerly:
Offering free legal services to the gun control groups, law firms say they are hoping to match the resources, coordination and power of the gun lobby.
Here’s how this hopeful story begins:
After the Orlando nightclub massacre and a string of other mass shootings, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Covington & Burling; Arnold & Porter; and four other prominent law firms formed a coalition with gun control groups that until now have worked largely on their own. Together, the firms are committing tens of millions of dollars in free legal services from top corporate lawyers who typically bill clients $1,000 an hour or more.
This effort is highly unusual in its scale. Although law firms often donate time to individual causes, and some firms have worked on gun control on a piecemeal basis, the number and the prominence of the firms involved in the new coalition are unheard-of for modern-day big law. Other firms are expected to join in the coming months.
From now on, whenever there’s a gun story, I’m going to cite the entire Second Amendment, just so we’re all aware of what it actually says–which is not how the NRA and gun owners have fantastically expanded it in their minds.
Brace yourself. This is the whole thing:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
UPDATE. 12/17/2016. Like me, the Times is so grateful for this news, not only did they report it above, but today they published an editorial about taking on the NRA:
The gun industry, and the lawmakers who do their bidding, will be facing a potent new adversary.