Retired surgeon. Supporter of local arts organizations and environmental groups.
Atty. Epstein may practice in Portland, but he is local through and through. He is a founding father of Museum L-A and wrote a book about a sad event not that long ago in Auburn. I would venture that he is well grounded in local affairs and does not bring a "Portland attitude" when he writes his columns.
Even if there were suddenly 5 or 6 or 7 liberal or progressive Supreme Court judges, Mr. Reynolds and all those whose foremost concern and seemingly exclusive enjoyment in life is the use of a firearm would hardly be disarmed. For one thing, Congress would be in no hurry to legislate any reversal of the District of Columbia and Chicago decisions. Hunters would still be able to take their rifles into the woods and fields.
Even Justice Scalia took pains in the Heller case to say that the right to have a weapon was subject to qualifications. Freedom of speech is not absolute, so why should the almighty Second Amendment give one carte blanche?
In the same Sunday issue, Douglas Rooks had quite a different take on Senators Collins and Snowe. Thankfully, they are not one issue politicians.