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Firearms-Control Legislation and Policy: Global Perspectives

Posted by: Ruth Levush

The Global Legal Research Center of the Law Library of Congress recently completed a major report titled Firearms- Control Legislation and Policy (February 2013).  The study examines the different legal approaches taken by eighteen countries and the European Union with regard to various activities involving firearms.  The countries surveyed were Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, …

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An Interview with Jason Steinhauer, Program Specialist

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s interview is with Jason Steinhauer.  Jason is a Program Specialist in the Office of Scholarly Programs of the Library of Congress. Describe your background. I’m a New Yorker through-and-through, in everything from how fast I walk to my subsistence on pizza and bagels.  I was born at Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx and …

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The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season

Posted by: Francisco Macías

“…one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season…”–Edgar Allan Poe “The Cask of Amontillado” Although Americans do not have a monopoly on Carnival, when we think of Mardi Gras, New Orleans inevitably comes to mind. Given the volume of visitors and events that take place in the city during this season, it is no surprise …