By: Nicole Nazari “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “For nearly 200 years of our nation’s history, the Second Amendment was understood to provide a right to bear arms if it was for a legitimate … Continue reading Shots Fired: Lack of Funding for Gun Violence Research
By: Bria Burgamy Over the past two decades, prescription opioids have wreaked havoc in the United States – despite evidence that the drugs’ manufacturers knew the drugs had potential to do just that. The opioid crisis has claimed more than 200,000 American lives since becoming commonly prescribed in the late 1990s. At the center of … Continue reading The Opioid Epidemic: “Legal Genocide”
By: Robert Bryson The Beginning Gerrymandering is a political process in which electoral districts are drawn with convoluted or meandering boundaries. The term was coined in 1812 when Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts signed into law a Boston-area electoral district that resembled a mythological salamander, however, the process of drawing abstract districts was an American … Continue reading Gerrymandering Series: the Beginning, its Development, and the Contemporary Application
By: Nicole Nazari There is something disturbingly wrong with the American health care system. Before 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect, individual market insurers could conduct a litany of unethical practices. Insurers could deny coverage to applicants with preexisting conditions, charge sicker people higher premiums, and not cover specific … Continue reading The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act
Below is a copy of the letter PIAC sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding a proposed rule change which would make millions ineligible for SNAP Benefits The Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorial Eligibility in the SNAP threatens the safety and health of millions of people. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program … Continue reading Comment to Proposed Rule – Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP RIN 0584-AE62
By: Nicole Nazari $600, $1,400, and $11,000: these are not the prices of vacations, rent, nor a down payment on a car. These numbers are the cost of an EpiPen, insulin, and one month of colorectal cancer treatment; some of the most used medications by Americans.   Many of their users cannot afford their … Continue reading Getting Away With Murder
By: Monet Valdez The United States Supreme Court is the most powerful judiciary body in our nation. Nine Justices sit atop the high court and make decisions that become the law of the land. The Court recently decided whether or not to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. It is important that we … Continue reading Census Watch 2020: The Constitutionality of a Citizenship Question
By: Ken Jensen On October 24, 2018, President Trump stated his administration was “seriously” considering changing the way it treats transgender people under the law. Given his history of statements which never come to fruition, one could dismiss it. The effort this administration to negate any effort to define gender identity in any manner besides … Continue reading President Trump wants to define transgender out of existence, but we cannot let him define us.
By: Ridgeway Woulfe Thus far in our Gun Control Series, we have discussed why there is a need for gun control solutions and we have discussed who can provide these solutions. Now we address what gun control legislation could actually look like. These methods are not guaranteed to withstand Constitutional challenges. Banned Gun Types One … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Possible Legislative Actions
By: Robert Bryson Shortly after the Citizens United and Janus decisions, detractors began heaping criticism upon the Supreme Court for “weaponizing” the First Amendment. Indeed, Justice Kagan makes that very argument in her dissent: “It [the majority] does so by weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, … Continue reading The First Amendment: Has it been Weaponized?