Law Offices of John Wood

Law Offices of John Wood John Wood has 25 years of general practice experience in criminal law, estate planning, business formation, contracts, bankruptcy, and taxation.

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Can states really order businesses to close and limit public meetings? The federal government is a government of enumera...
03/17/2020
The Police Power of the States to Control a Pandemic, Explained

Can states really order businesses to close and limit public meetings?

The federal government is a government of enumerated powers—it has only the powers granted it by the Constitution. Therefore, for the president or Congress to act they have to locate the source of their authority within a specific provision of the Constitution.

The states, by contrast, possess a general police power—an inherent authority that is then limited by both the state and federal Constitution. A governor or state legislature can often act without a specific grant of power. The power to act is presumed, absent a specific limitation.

https://thedispatch.com/p/the-police-power-of-the-states-to

The federal government has the resources, but it’s the states that have the power.

02/26/2020
U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Two. The president has the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses aga...
06/05/2018
Mark Levin: Of Course Trump Can Pardon Himself; Constitution Protects President From Media Mob

U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Two. The president has the power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States except in cases of impeachment.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/06/04/mark_levin_of_course_trump_can_pardon_himself_constitution_protects_president_from_media_mob.html

Mark Levin weighs in on the 'pardon' controversy and lends his legal opinion and advice on Monday's edition of Hannity: MARK LEVIN: The problem is [Deputy Attorney General] Rosenstein conferred so much power on to [special counsel Robert Mueller] -- no specific criminal statutes, no specific individ...

"But now, in the case of the Trump dossier – the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the Clinton campa...
04/24/2018
Byron York: Is 'can't prove untrue' new standard in Trump probe?

"But now, in the case of the Trump dossier – the allegations compiled by a former British spy hired by the Clinton campaign to gather dirt on presidential candidate Donald Trump – the generally accepted standard of justice has been turned on its head. Now, the question is: Can the accused prove the charges false?"

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-is-cant-prove-untrue-new-standard-in-trump-probe

When a political figure is accused of wrongdoing, a conversation begins among journalists, commentators, and public officials. Are the charges true? Can the accusers prove it?

CDC scientific data it had for years, showing that guns are used two million times a year to halt violence and stop crim...
04/24/2018
CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence That Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns

CDC scientific data it had for years, showing that guns are used two million times a year to halt violence and stop crimes in the United States.

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/20/cdc-provides-more-evidence-that-plenty-o

CDC surveys in the 1990s, never publicly reported, indicate nearly 2.5 million defensive uses of guns a year. That matches the results of Gary Kleck's

The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peac...
04/01/2018
Bear Arms

The Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms. — Samuel Adams

"No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-- Thomas Jefferson

http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/quotes/arms.html

"The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."-- Adolph Hitler, Hitler's Secret Conversations 403 (Norman Cameron...

03/29/2018

Like Statistics?

Found on the internet:

There are roughly 30,000 gun related deaths per year . U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year.

What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death:

• 65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws • 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified

• 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence

• 3% are accidental discharge deaths

That leaves not 30,000 annually, but 5,100 "gun violence" deaths.

Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?

• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago

• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore

• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit

• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C.

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause. This leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169. Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course.

How does this compare to other deaths each year?

• 40,000+ die from drug overdose

• 36,000 people die per year from the flu

• 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities

• 200,000+ people die each year from preventable medical errors.

• 710,000 people die per year from heart disease.

03/24/2018
02/21/2018
PERSPECTIVE"...the estimated number of defensive uses of guns ranges "from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year...
02/20/2018
CDC Gun Violence Study's Findings Not What Obama Wanted | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis - IBD

PERSPECTIVE

"...the estimated number of defensive uses of guns ranges "from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year."

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/cdc-gun-violence-study-goes-against-media-narrative/

Second Amendment: The White House asked the Centers for Disease Control "to research the causes and prevention of gun violence." We're pretty sure that what the CDC found wasn't what the White House was looking for. The Democrats, and their media allies, obsess over some shootings while ignoring man...

02/18/2018

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