I took a lot of shots, trying to catch the perfect image of the Respondants in front of the Court after the case. Didn't want to interrupt their thoughts with a request to pose, this was the best I could get. That's Mr. Gura on the left facing right, Mr. Heller facing forward in the tan jacket with plaid scarf, and Mr. Levy on the right holding a cell phone and manila folder. Levy will be in Phoenix on April 16 to discuss the case for the Federalist Society, and since they couldn't find an anti-rights advocate willing to debate him, I'm to play the part. Ugh -- having to make arguments I don't believe in and are, on their face, bogus.
The second best of those images.
Who's the guy in the hat who looked like Wilfred Brimley, and acted like a bodyguard?
L to R (with just one credit each, sorry guys, they have pages of vitae): Dan Schmutter (JPFO's attorney), Robert Cottrol (author of Gun Control and the Constitution), Joe Olson (Hamline University professor), Dave Hardy (author of Origins and Development of the Second Amendment) and a woman I can't identify. The documents they're holding are amicus briefs, which are required to have green covers.
Many people don't realize amicus briefs are not just written papers, they are precisely designated legal documents, right down to the color of the cover, and a properly written one costs something this side of a small fortune, assuming it's paid for. Many are done voluntarily by interested parties who run up the billable hours but don't get compensated. D.C.'s huge team of taxpayer-funded lawyers hired one of the most expensive law firms in D.C. to work on theirs, with taxpayer funding. A city using tax revenue to fight against your civil rights -- don't that beat all?
Bob had this annoying habit of waiting for the light to change before crossing the street.
He's waiting here right outside the Metro stop we used -- Dupont Circle on the red line.
The intrepid travelers after dinner after the case was heard.
We treated ourselves to one good meal -- steak at Ruth's Chris.
That was some good steak but boy, those folks know how to charge.
Good friends become better friends after an adventure like this.
I had hoped to make a half dozen stops while in D.C., sort of amortize the cost of the flight and hotel, but we were just too whipped to get too much done. Since we had a late flight out Wed., we did run up to visit friends at Accuracy in Media (aim.org). They're doing tremendous work holding the news media accountable for the balderdash they normally produce, and deserve your support. Check out their website, get on their free list, contribute if you can. I'm on their Speaker's Bureau, another distinct honor, and I do what I can to support their good work. L to R: Charles Rozier, Sarah Norton, yours truly, Karen Dietlein and Bob.
Recovering in the hotel lobby. We had just marched the half mile from the train in a pouring rain. We had so many things go right on this trip -- the timing, transits, gear, advance plans, and even the rain, which waited until our final meeting at AIM to hit us. Under those circumstances, it was nice, and that hat saved me again.
He may have had younger bones, but after the forced march through the downpour Bob appreciated a brief respite too. We didn't dally for too long, since flight time was coming and we still had a stop to make.
Bob was determined to see the Jefferson Memorial, so we left extra time and had the cab stop there before the airport. I waited in the car with all our gear while it drizzled lightly (my daughter and I had visited here a few years back). I told Bob the Lincoln Memorial is more grandiose, but he said it's about the man, not the monument. This is as close as police let a vehicle get to the structure these days, another gift from our friends in the religion of peace. You used to be able to drive right up to the front curb. Hey, nice smile there Bob.
Bob Blackmer (on the right) is holding one of the manysigns I made and carried to the event, pictured here
on the front page of The Washington Times (B section). We were in the airport on our way home when I just happened to open the paper, and we both stared at this
in disbelief. We had previously studied the prominent image on the front page, of the line on the Court steps,
thinking it was the picture. We squinted trying to figure if some tiny black dot there was actually Bob. We were stunned,
then ecstatic -- look what we had accomplished -- that message for all to see. In
contrast, the anti message is idiotic and ungrammatical. What a welcome change. The SCOTUS pass in the lower left was issued too late to get the holder a seat for the full proceedings.
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