[lg policy] Bearing arms against a rabbit

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Tue Jan 29 01:24:41 UTC 2013

There's a new post on the Web of Language:

Bearing arms against a rabbit

In 2008, the U. S. Supreme Court, affirming an individual right to bear arms, struck down a long-standing ban on possessing handguns in Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia v. Heller<http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html> [07-290], 2008). It also ruled that bear arms, a phrase once associated with military service, now simply means ‘to carry a gun.’ The Supreme Court can declare laws unconstitutional. But apparently it can strike down definitions as well.

 Read the whole post on the Web of Language: http://bit.ly/weblan

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-305-0067
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