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Joseph Blocher

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Episode 8: Dr. Joseph Blocher and The Second Amendment

Bullet Points: A Podcast on Gun-related Violence and Worldwide Disarmament

Interview with Joseph Blocher, professor of law at Duke University and expert on Second Amendment Law. Dr. Blocher has authored articles for law journals across the country, and is the author of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller, a comprehensive analysis of the history and interpretation of the second amendment. This interview focuses on the history and direct legal realities of the second amendment. 

31mins

1 Apr 2021

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Episode 13: The Second Amendment with Joseph Blocher

Northwestern Undergraduate Law Journal Speaker Series

In this episode, we speak with Professor Joseph Blocher, the Lanty L. Smith ’67 Professor of Law at Duke Law School and Co-Director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law. We discuss the history of the Second Amendment and the implications of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court appointment on future Second Amendment cases. We also speak about questions regarding the interpretation of the Constitution.

18mins

23 Oct 2020

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Ep. 106 ‘Free speech and justified true belief’ w/ prof. Joseph Blocher

So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast

Why is it important that we protect freedom of speech? On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino speaks with Duke University School of Law professor Joseph Blocher, who argues that one of the most common justifications for free speech — creating a “marketplace of ideas” in our search for truth — rests on unstable ground in our “post-truth” era. In his article, “Free Speech and Justified True Belief,” Blocher argues for a reframing of this epistemic theory of free speech around knowledge, rather than truth. Nico and Blocher are joined in their discussion by frequent guest and First Amendment News Editor Ronald K.L. Collins. Show notes: Video of conversation Podcast transcript “Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’” by Greg Lukianoff “Bans” by Joseph Blocher National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Bacerra (2018) www.sotospeakpodcast.com Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/freespeechtalk Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sotospeakpodcast Email us: sotospeak@thefire.org

1hr 13mins

19 Mar 2020

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Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller, "The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in Law

In The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller insist that the Second Amendment is widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood by the public and public officials. Misconceptions about what the amendment allows, forbids, and how it function as law distort American debates and public policy. Blocher and Miller provide a nuanced synthesis of politics, history, and legal arguments to recover a more balanced discourse – what they call a “positive” Second Amendment” – that accommodates both a right to bear arms and reasonable regulation.Blocher and Miller begin with a puzzle. After the Sandy Hook shootings, 90% of the public and 74% of NRA members supported background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and online – yet the Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed in the Senate. The power of interest groups, Blocher and Miller insist, does not fully explain the disconnect between public opinion and policy. Examining the powerful constitutional rhetoric around what is “allowed” by the Second Amendment provides a fuller picture of the political and legal landscape. The book systematically works through the legal history of the amendment to demonstrate how extremists on both sides fail to understand the Second Amendment. Written in clear terms (such that it can be read by citizens, students, and scholars), The Positive Second Amendment provides accessible and balanced scholarship on a polarizing topic in politics and law.The podcast concludes with thoughts on the firearms law case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2019.Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University Carroll in Philadelphia. She is the author of Democracy, Intelligent Design, and Evolution: Science for Citizenship (Routledge, 2013). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/law

49mins

10 Jan 2020

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Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller, "The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in Political Science

In The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller insist that the Second Amendment is widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood by the public and public officials. Misconceptions about what the amendment allows, forbids, and how it function as law distort American debates and public policy. Blocher and Miller provide a nuanced synthesis of politics, history, and legal arguments to recover a more balanced discourse – what they call a “positive” Second Amendment” – that accommodates both a right to bear arms and reasonable regulation.Blocher and Miller begin with a puzzle. After the Sandy Hook shootings, 90% of the public and 74% of NRA members supported background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and online – yet the Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed in the Senate. The power of interest groups, Blocher and Miller insist, does not fully explain the disconnect between public opinion and policy. Examining the powerful constitutional rhetoric around what is “allowed” by the Second Amendment provides a fuller picture of the political and legal landscape. The book systematically works through the legal history of the amendment to demonstrate how extremists on both sides fail to understand the Second Amendment. Written in clear terms (such that it can be read by citizens, students, and scholars), The Positive Second Amendment provides accessible and balanced scholarship on a polarizing topic in politics and law.The podcast concludes with thoughts on the firearms law case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2019.Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University Carroll in Philadelphia. She is the author of Democracy, Intelligent Design, and Evolution: Science for Citizenship (Routledge, 2013). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

49mins

10 Jan 2020

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Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller, "The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in Public Policy

In The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller insist that the Second Amendment is widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood by the public and public officials. Misconceptions about what the amendment allows, forbids, and how it function as law distort American debates and public policy. Blocher and Miller provide a nuanced synthesis of politics, history, and legal arguments to recover a more balanced discourse – what they call a “positive” Second Amendment” – that accommodates both a right to bear arms and reasonable regulation.Blocher and Miller begin with a puzzle. After the Sandy Hook shootings, 90% of the public and 74% of NRA members supported background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and online – yet the Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed in the Senate. The power of interest groups, Blocher and Miller insist, does not fully explain the disconnect between public opinion and policy. Examining the powerful constitutional rhetoric around what is “allowed” by the Second Amendment provides a fuller picture of the political and legal landscape. The book systematically works through the legal history of the amendment to demonstrate how extremists on both sides fail to understand the Second Amendment. Written in clear terms (such that it can be read by citizens, students, and scholars), The Positive Second Amendment provides accessible and balanced scholarship on a polarizing topic in politics and law.The podcast concludes with thoughts on the firearms law case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2019.Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University Carroll in Philadelphia. She is the author of Democracy, Intelligent Design, and Evolution: Science for Citizenship (Routledge, 2013). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/public-policy

49mins

10 Jan 2020

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Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller, "The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in American Studies

In The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller insist that the Second Amendment is widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood by the public and public officials. Misconceptions about what the amendment allows, forbids, and how it function as law distort American debates and public policy. Blocher and Miller provide a nuanced synthesis of politics, history, and legal arguments to recover a more balanced discourse – what they call a “positive” Second Amendment” – that accommodates both a right to bear arms and reasonable regulation.Blocher and Miller begin with a puzzle. After the Sandy Hook shootings, 90% of the public and 74% of NRA members supported background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and online – yet the Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed in the Senate. The power of interest groups, Blocher and Miller insist, does not fully explain the disconnect between public opinion and policy. Examining the powerful constitutional rhetoric around what is “allowed” by the Second Amendment provides a fuller picture of the political and legal landscape. The book systematically works through the legal history of the amendment to demonstrate how extremists on both sides fail to understand the Second Amendment. Written in clear terms (such that it can be read by citizens, students, and scholars), The Positive Second Amendment provides accessible and balanced scholarship on a polarizing topic in politics and law.The podcast concludes with thoughts on the firearms law case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2019.Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University Carroll in Philadelphia. She is the author of Democracy, Intelligent Design, and Evolution: Science for Citizenship (Routledge, 2013). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/american-studies

49mins

10 Jan 2020

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Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller, "The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

New Books in Politics and Polemics

In The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Joseph Blocher and Darrell A.H. Miller insist that the Second Amendment is widely recognized but fundamentally misunderstood by the public and public officials. Misconceptions about what the amendment allows, forbids, and how it function as law distort American debates and public policy. Blocher and Miller provide a nuanced synthesis of politics, history, and legal arguments to recover a more balanced discourse – what they call a “positive” Second Amendment” – that accommodates both a right to bear arms and reasonable regulation.Blocher and Miller begin with a puzzle. After the Sandy Hook shootings, 90% of the public and 74% of NRA members supported background checks for guns purchased at gun shows and online – yet the Manchin-Toomey Amendment failed in the Senate. The power of interest groups, Blocher and Miller insist, does not fully explain the disconnect between public opinion and policy. Examining the powerful constitutional rhetoric around what is “allowed” by the Second Amendment provides a fuller picture of the political and legal landscape. The book systematically works through the legal history of the amendment to demonstrate how extremists on both sides fail to understand the Second Amendment. Written in clear terms (such that it can be read by citizens, students, and scholars), The Positive Second Amendment provides accessible and balanced scholarship on a polarizing topic in politics and law.The podcast concludes with thoughts on the firearms law case heard by the Supreme Court in December 2019.Susan Liebell is associate professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s University Carroll in Philadelphia. She is the author of Democracy, Intelligent Design, and Evolution: Science for Citizenship (Routledge, 2013). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/politics-and-polemics

49mins

10 Jan 2020

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Good Law | Bad Law #99 -The real meaning of the Second Amendment: Partisans unite! w/ Joseph Blocher

Good Law | Bad Law

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Joseph Blocher, a constitutional law expert and Duke Law professor, to discuss the ins and outs of the Supreme Court’s Heller Decision 10 years after the ruling and its impact on arguably the most partisan piece of the Constitution, the Second Amendment. As partisan lines continue to intensify, we wanted to reevaluate one of the most contentious and controversial issues facing the nation right now, gun control and the role of the Second Amendment. Specifically, we wanted to talk about one of the most impactful legal decisions on the topic a decade after the High Court’s ruling was handed down. In today’s episode, Aaron talks to Joseph about his role as a young associate working on the Heller case and his academic work in the decade since. Joseph explains the scope of the decision as well as what has followed. Aaron and Joseph discuss the Heller case specifically but also consider the general arguments surrounding the Second Amendment and the current political climate. Joseph is a professor at Duke Law. After graduating from Yale Law School, Joseph started at O’Melveny and Myers in D.C. where he worked closely with attorney and constitutional law expert, Walter E. Dellinger. Through his practice at the firm, Joseph found an interest in the Second Amendment. His principal academic interests include federal and state constitutional law, including the First and Second Amendments, property and legal history. At Duke, his current scholarship addresses issues of gun rights and regulation, free speech, sovereignty, and refugee law. Joseph’s latest book focuses on the Second Amendment and the future of Heller; entitled The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller.  The book is a fascinating and enlightening read that explains the misconceptions about the Second Amendment and aims to shed a positive light on the constitutional aspect of the right and calls on partisans on both sides of the debate to see the Second Amendment in its true light. To learn more about Joseph, visit his page at https://law.duke.edu/fac/blocher/ To read more and purchase Joseph’s book, visit Amazon at https://amzn.to/2zBYk95  To learn more about the Heller decision, visit the Supreme Court’s website at https://bit.ly/2fBe6bG Host: Aaron Freiwald Guest: Joseph Blocher Follow Good Law | Bad Law: YouTube: Good Law | Bad Law Instagram: @GoodLawBadLaw Website: https://www.law-podcast.com

45mins

28 Sep 2018