Recently confirmed by the Senate, academic Cass Sunstein from Harvard law School is now the Obama Administration's "regulatory czar." Gun Owners of America has warned: Expect problems! . . .
To be sure, in 2007 Professor Sunstein gave a fascinating lecture in which he criticized the Parker v. District of Columbia (2007) decision by the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia striking down DC's handgun ban and long gun trigger lock requirement. Parker was later upheld in 2008 by the US Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.
And during his lecture Sunstein did make some provocative allegations against the gun rights movement, particularly his comment at time hack 38:30 that the movement lacks "moral appeal." But I don't think Professor Sunstein is a completely disingenuous and somehow "untrustworthy."
Not only does Sunstein note at time hack 37:20 that gun control advocates' claims that gun control contributes fantastically to public safety "appears not to be sufficiently supported in social science," but more importantly, at the end of his lecture, he states at time hack 57:47:
"And here's a point for the Second Amendment advocates, a concession for them, something on which I think they are correct. If the Second Amendment does create an individual right, rather than a collective right or a civic right, then incorporation does follow."
Whether or not we will see "problems" from Professor Sunstein's tenure as America's "regulatory czar" is yet to be seen. But Sunstein's pronouncement that if the Second Amendment provides an individual right against federal power (which we now know it does under Heller), then it also provides and individual right against state power, is great news. And honest.