I've long admired Stephen Chapman as an honest, principled writer. This genial Texas transplant to Chicago consistently offers observations that will offend almost everyone, although it is clearly not his intent to offend anyone. Offense is inevitable when ideological sanctimony is abandoned in favor of a more humble search for truth. Chapman isn't easily pigeonholed, but moderate pro-life, anti-death penalty, strong first ammendment and second ammendment, anti-Iraq invasion, ex-Christian, libertarian gives you some idea that he is not the conventional partisan package.
Chapman comments here on the lessons learned about guns from the VA Tech massacre.
Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of the Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School