This Week in the News…

Posted: May 10, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Monday, May 6, Nightly Business Report

Walter Williams, professor of economics, George Mason University: “The reason some countries are rich while others are poor is best explained by the amount of personal liberty people have and the extent of government control over economic matters. Here’s a little experiment for you. Rank countries along a spectrum going from those closer to the free market to those where there’s extensive government control over economic activity. You’ll discover a remarkable result. Those closer to the free market end of the spectrum are not only richer, but their people are freer. The bottom line, any American suggesting greater government control over economic activity is really asking us to be poorer.”

Wednesday, May 8, Associated Press Newswires

Administration’s Policy Change on Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Shows Political Pull of Conservatives

“The constitutionality of federal gun control laws may be at stake in the current debate, although the administration has said it intends to defend laws on the books. For now, the importance of the new Justice Department stance is primarily symbolic, said Nelson Lund, a conservative George Mason University professor who has written extensively on this. ‘It is important that the Justice Department now recognizes the Second Amendment does protect an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, but the practical effect of that is impossible to say at this point,’ he said.”

Wednesday, May 8, National Public Radio, All Things Considered

Government Signals a Shift in its Position on Gun Regulations

Nina Totenberg: “George Mason Professor Nelson Lund, a strong gun control advocate, says that in his view, most federal laws would likely stand…. In particular, he said, under the theory he and the Bush administration are now espousing, total bans on handguns or assault weapons might well be unconstitutional.”

Lund: “The government should be willing to admit its mistakes when they’re serious, as they are here. So should the courts. Just as the courts were willing to admit their mistakes when they overruled Plessy vs. Ferguson, and decided that legalized segregation was not constitutional.”

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