Howard K. Watkins and Professor Purvis address the audience
(L to R) U. U. Board member Eric Peterson (Law ’07), Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Professor Purvis, and Jesse Molina (Law ’13).
San Joaquin College of Law Constitutional Law Professor Jeffrey G. Purvis participated in the Unitarian Universalist Church’s Fresno Town Hall series on May 15, 2016 with a speech titled “The Second Amendment: Its History & Current Interpretation.” The speech touched on why our Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights and what history shows they meant with “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” It also addressed questions such as how have our courts interpreted this Amendment, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s most recent decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.  And with the Heller’s 5-4 decision, is there any limit on the type of guns covered by the Second Amendment? 

The speech, along with a question and answer session, will be replayed on June 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. on KFCF, 88.1 FM as part of Professor Purvis’ "Valley Views on the Law," San Joaquin College of Law's monthly legal information radio show.  Just as during the regular show, Professor Purvis opened his speech with the "Dear Professors" segment, in which he answers the pressing and topical legal questions generated by his own perfervid imagination: 

DEAR PROFESSORS:
I couldn't believe my Instagram when I saw that you would be making a presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, Professor Purvis. You have repeatedly stated that you are an "equal opportunity religion insulter," that you worship Lucifer, and that you regard organized religion as harmful and irrational. I wouldn't be surprised if your hair burst into flames when you walked into the church. What kind of a venue is that for a militant agnostic like yourself?
--Morris Dees, Shorter, Alabama
Mr. Dees, I have to acknowledge that I experienced some trepidation when contemplating making one of my profane and sarcastic presentations in a church. So like any modern Baby Boomer I went to the interwebs, specifically Wikipedia, to check out the Unitarian Universalist church. Among other things, I learned that the church has adopted these Seven Principles:
The Inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
As you can see, Mr. Dees, the Unitarian Universalists are a bunch of Commies, just like those of us at KFCF. So I figured I would fit right in.