Dear Ms. McGinn,
||Letter -- Interview with David Konig
I just read your interview with Prof. David Konig regarding future gun control legislation in the soon-to-be Obama administration.
In it, you refer to Prof. Konig as "An expert on U.S. colonial law at Washington University in St. Louis who consulted on the recent Second Amendment case argued before the Supreme Court..."
Saying that Prof. Konig consulted is somewhat disingenuous for two reasons. First, he wasn't a "consultant" but rather was a signatory to an amicus curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court. This goes well beyond being a mere consultant.
Secondly, and most importantly, Prof. Konig submitted his brief in support of the District of Columbia which was trying to say that the 2nd Amendment did NOT protect the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right. The Court rejected this interpretation and did find that the 2nd Amendment protected an individual right.
Finally, given the Prof. Konig is a Professor of Law and History and not a political scientist with an expertise in either modern legislative politics or Presidential politics, his opinion on what Pres.-Elect Obama will or will not do with regard to future gun control policy is the equivalent of mine. That is, it is opinion rendered on a subject in which he is interested but only as a gifted amateur in the field.
John P. Richardson