Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, was celebrated Tuesday night at the offices of The Agenda Project in Georgetown on his recent publication The Second Amendment: A Biography by Simon & Schuster. The book explores “the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.”
“You can have gun rights. But like all rights, they’re limited,” said Waldman in conversation with Hollywood on the Potomac. “And we have limitations on all rights and the public good has to have its place too. So I think that real clarity – whatever gun rights it may be – that when the public safety is threatened by something like assault rifles, we have the ability to pass those laws.”
Click through for those in attendance and Hollywood on the Potomac’s full Q&A with Waldman on the history of the Second Amendment and where it stands today.
In attendance: Clinton adviser Paul Begala; Clinton aide Sid Blumenthal; MSNBC contributor Karen Finney, recent Yahoo News hire Michael Isikoff, radio host Bill Press; Janet Donovan; E.J. Dionne; Dan Moldea; Finlay Lewis; and Willie Lewis.