Dave Kopel's Second Amendment Newsletter. May 18, 2005
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Table of Contents for this issue
1. New by Kopel: Arms and Economics; Michael
Dave's Blog Entries
2. Terrorism: Zogby Survey on Guns and Terrorism
3. International: Crossbows in Africa; Hoods banned
in Britain; China favors gun control
4. Culture: New NRA President; Are
Sporting Clays a form of huntingpractice?
5. Law: Self-defense in NY; Blogs and the Blogging
Bloggers who Blog Them
6. The States: Concealed Carry wins and losses
7. Research: Current
gun controls may be working
1. New by Kopel
"Does the Right to Bear
Arms Impede or Promote Economic Development?"
Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant, and Joanne D. Eisen
Volume Six, Issue 1 (June, 2005), pp. 85-100
(PDF format requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Using case studies from
Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, this
article refutes the claim of gun prohibition
advocates that the
presence of "small arms" is a cause of economic
article also details the harmful effects of UN
policy regarding malaria
and AIDS in the Third World.
The paperback edition
includes a chapter by Kopel summarizing the
deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11.
Long blog entry on
the Brady Campaign's claims that "large capacity
That's the suggestion of
Posse Incitatus, which notes the result of a
state-federal-local dragnet which rounded up over
Only two percent of these fugitives had guns. P.I.
suggests that the
data show that American gun control laws work so
well that criminals
are much less likely to own guns than is the general
(Incitatus was the name
of the Emperor Caligula's horse-whom the deranged
despot appointed to Rome's highest constitutional
Asked whether they
agreed or disagreed that banning guns would reduce
the threat from terrorists, poll respondents
disagreed by a margin of
75 percent. Only one in five supported the notion,
and five percent
were not sure. Zogby polled 1,009 likely voters
chosen at random
nationwide with a margin error of plus/minus 3.2
Freedom Rings at
the Big Gun Shoot
May 17, 2005
firearms and other big guns
"These two reports
expose two Liberal deceptions; one, that Canadian
gun laws reduce crime; and two, that more
legally-owned guns results in
This bylined story
argues that the Canadian government has wasted
billions wasted on useless firearms
control while the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police lacks men and equipment.
South Africans Switch
From Guns To Crossbows
March 21, 2005
Tighter gun ownership
laws are pushing South Africans to buy crossbows,
spears, swords, knives and pepper sprays to protect
The author of this
commentary argues that the slaughter in the Sudan
would end if the refugees in Darfur had the means to
This report contains
very detailed analysis of crime statistics within
the subject area.
British subjects are
arming themselves with whatever they can find
against home invasions.
PM attacks yob culture
and pledges to help bring back respect
Michael White, political editor
Friday May 13, 2005
"Mr Blair coupled a
personal endorsement of a shopping centre's
decision to ban the wearing of threatening hoods by
teenage boys with a
renewed willingness to blame voters' own
shortcomings as parents."
China is willing to join
hands with the international community in
eliminating the illegal trade of small arms and
light weapons, said
Qiao Zonghuai, a senior official with the Foreign
Niagara Falls High
School sophomore Anthony "Tony" Sheard was shot
during an alleged effort to rob a pizza
deliveryman. His school has
flown their flag at half staff and his locker has
become a memorial.
New NRA President Sandra
Froman Froman plans to use the position to
emphasize women's issues, especially self-defense.
ABC News offers its
appraisal and profile of the NRA's new president.
This page describes her
career and accomplishments.
"Circuit Judge Michael
Gamble will decide if target shooting is a form
of hunting, because Orion hopes to benefit from an
amendment to the
Virginia constitution that passed in 2000 and
forever protects the
rights of its citizens to hunt."
"The mother of a
fifth-grader at John Hill School said she will not
return a book about firearms that her son checked
out of the school
library because she feels it is inappropriate and
A picture of a Marine
holding a weapon has sparked a wave of
controversy at a Salem high school. The principal
of the school,
Cynthia Richardson, would not allow the picture to
go up because of the
school's zero tolerance policy on weapons.
"Throughout the world,
women and girls are facing indiscriminate
violence, according to a new report jointly released
London-based Amnesty International, the
International Action Network on
Small Arms (IANSA) and Oxfam International. There
are about 650 million
guns in circulation in the world today, most of
which are owned by men,
says the report entitled, 'The Impact of Guns on
Women's Lives.' "
"Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice, recalling how her father took up
arms to defend fellow blacks from racist whites in
South, said Wednesday the constitutional right of
Americans to own guns
is as important as their rights to free speech and
Full transcript of
Secretary Rice's interview:
"A gun-control group and
its political action committee have paid a
$12,000 fine to settle a campaign finance case from
the 2000 election."
This extremely brief article refers to the Brady
Gun-Grabbers Get Slapped
May 6, 2005
Malkin points out the
Brady Campaign has previously been fined for
Reflections of an gun
rights activist and full professor of Psychology
upon his views and their reception within the
academic culture within
which he works.
David Hardy (author of
Michael Moore Is A Big Fat Stupid White Man) offers
web log with views of
the reception of the 2nd
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the Legal
"...word leaked out of
an ATFE training video in which the head of
their National Firearms Act Branch (in charge of
registrations of full auto firearms, etc.) had said
the the registries
had a high error rate, but not to worry, his Branch
testify that they were 100% correct." There is a
link to a copy of
Summary of a U.S.
Supreme Court decision ruling that a foreign
conviction did not disqualify a U.S. citizen from
his right to own a
The D.C. Court of
Appeals generally rejected various lawsuits against
gun manufacturers, but held that victims of gun
crimes were entitled to
sue gun manufacturers under D.C. Code sec.
"I mean, if someone who
had stabbed you before confronted you in your
doorway, what would you do?" New York's Supreme
Court says a homicide
New York state's handgun
licensing scheme does not violate the Second
Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the 2nd U.S.
Circuit Court of
Appeals has ruled.
David Hardy's analysis
of the above case
"Arizona public schools
could offer an elective gun safety course under
a bill signed into law by Governor Napolitano."
More details about the
Arizona Firearms Course bill,
from the man who created
the idea, Alan Korwin.
"Gov. Janet Napolitano
vetoed a bill Monday that would have let people
bring their guns into bars and restaurants as long
as they weren't
drinking alcohol, and the businesses didn't prohibit
"Gov. Bill Richardson
chose the National Rifle Association's
Whittington Center as the backdrop to add his
signature to legislation
allowing more New Mexicans to legally carry
Zimmerman pleads as a
woman for the right to protect herself and her
Jersey state assemblyman has introduced a bill that
the government to seize the home or car of anyone
contains an illegal firearm."
Roswell, Georgia voted
recently on an ordnance to decide when a
homeowner may fire a gun in defense of property.
The NRA sought to
block the measure.
The NRA's former
president discusses the state of self-defense in
America after the Florida 'Castle' law.
to intricate legislative
maneuvers to suppress concealed-carry improvement
A reader of this blog
analyzes conclusions drawn from 'Operation
Falcon,' an effort to recover illegal firearms from
felons forbidden to
This newsletter is compiled with help from Dr. Rob
S. Rice. Dr. Rice,
who is working feverishly to complete his 4th novel,
is also a poet,
writer and factotum of matters electronic to Dave
Al Qaeda delenda est!
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