Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion staff and guest writers
The Supreme Court does public safety a favor by rejecting a California gun-law challenge

It didn’t come as much of a surprise, but it was good news nonetheless that the Supreme Court on Monday finally rejected hearing an appeal in a California case in which gun-rights advocates argued that the 2nd Amendment means that people have a constitutional right to carry a firearm pretty much anywhere.

The case, Peruta vs.

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A lawyer's ignorance of immigration law shouldn't lead his client to deportation

The Supreme Court struck a blow for common sense today in a decision that will let a non-citizen back out of a plea deal his lawyer persuaded him to take even though it set him up for deportation – the one thing he was trying to avoid.

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The GOP says its healthcare bill will protect those with preexisting conditions. Um, no it won't

Here’s the opening quote from a press release Thursday from Sen.

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How can we prevent the next Philando Castile? Start by integrating our schools

The first time I saw my students ball their fists and lunge at each other, I hurled my body across the room, smashing the buzzer on the wall for security — something I would do many times during my first year of teaching 10th grade in post-Katrina New Orleans.

“Stop it this second, both of you!” I screamed as they spat insults at each other.

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Each day nearly 20 kids are shot in America. You'd think we'd do something about that

Each day three or four children under age 17 die and an additional 16 are hospitalized from a single cause: gunfire. In fact, according to a new analysis of federal data published in the academic journal Pediatrics, gun violence is the third leading cause of death for American kids between ages 1 and 17, and the second leading cause of injury-related deaths after motor vehicle accidents.

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Otto Warmbier's death is another reminder of the depravity of North Korea

We may not know exactly why or how University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier fell into a coma while imprisoned in North Korea.

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