I'm often asked where I get ideas for my column. After some 3,000 of them, you might think I'd run out. But for the most part, finding topics is like finding air -- I'm surrounded by them.
Last year's presidential election provided a multitude, particularly when the dozens of Republican debates gave candidates the chance to highlight their differences. A new presidential term invites those in power at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue to come up with new plans.
The topic that generates the most interest among my readers lately, though, is guns. As a longtime supporter of Second Amendment rights and a skeptic about the practical value of gun control, I've had to make my case in a political environment that has gotten more congenial to new regulations.
Not that I always find myself on the side of greater gun freedom. A recent column on what the Second Amendment forbids and what it allows drew protests from those who assume that any gun controls are unconstitutional. Eventually, the Supreme Court will answer those questions.
When it does, I'm betting there will be something for me to write about.