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February 2, 2007, Second Amendment Project newsletter

About once every month or two, Dave Kopel produces a free e-mail Newsletter containing short summaries and links to important new research and writing involving the Second Amendment and firearms policy. The newsletter also reports on Kopel's latest writing.

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Table of Contents

  1. New By Kopel, Articles: Self-Defense in the Gospels; Development Failure; Ethiopia
  2. New by Kopel, Blogging: Armed Apostles; Presidential Candidates; Knife Rights; Macchiavelli.
  3. Kopel in Other Languages: Chinese, Italian, and Hungarian
  4. International: Australia; Canada; India; Ireland; Israel; Kyrgyzstan; Mexico; South Africa; Somalia; Switzerland; U.K.
  5. Culture: Idaho Gun Requirement; High School Gun Training; Kids and Clays; Hunting and Concealed Carry; Armed Celebrities; Adulatory Film
  6. Terrorism: 2nd Amendment 'Useless'; Armed Pilots; Body Scanner
  7. Politics: Mitt Romney; Fargo Mayor; NRA in National Elections
  8. States: Arizona; Colorado; Illinois; Kansas; Massachusetts; Virginia; West Virginia
  9. Law: Gun Crackdown not Racial; New Orleans Filing; 'Quiet Enjoyment'
  10. Research: John Lott; Chidren's Defense Fund; Brady Campaign; The Hunting Wire

I. New by Kopel

Articles

Is the Best Defense a Good Book?

America's 1st Freedom
February 2007
http://davekopel.org/Religion/Is-the-best-defense-a-good-book.pdf
PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader or similar software.

Refutes the claim of pacifist-aggressives that the New Testament mandates pacifism.

Cutting Through the Fog. The role that Firearms, Malaria, AIDS, and Kleptocracy Play in Development Failure.

America's 1st Freedom
January 2007
http://davekopel.org/2A/Foreign/Cutting-through-the-fog.htm

"In order to justify arms confiscation, the U.N. and its allies have taken up yet another misguided battle cry -- the claim that firearms in civilian hands impede economic development."

The Other War in Ethiopia

With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen
Tech Central Station
December 29, 2006
http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=122906A

The authors describe the ongoing destruction of the disarmed Anuak people of southwestern Ethiopia.


Blogging

Weapons of Jesus and the Disciples

The Volokh Conspiracy
January 24, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/27wjso

Dave responds to and enlarges upon reader comments concerning his views on the the possession and use of weapons by the Apostles.

Presidential Candidates on the Second Amendment

The Volokh Conspiracy
January 23, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2xrntv

"...here's a preliminary assessment of some of the people who have been listed as likely or definite candidates."

Knife Rights

The Volokh Conspiracy
January 14, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/yodgsu
http://www.kniferights.org/

"That's the name of America's new citizen organization dedicated to protecting the responsible ownership of knives and edged tools. For their web page look here: http://www.kniferights.org/

Interesting Machiavelli Quote

The Volokh Conspiracy
January 26, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2hus8r

From a chapter entitled, '"It is not well to Threaten without Having the Power to Act.'


Kopel in Other Languages

Dave's New Website in Chinese

http://www.kopel.tw/

This Taiwanese site features eleven articles in both Traditional and Simplified Characters, including Arms and the Greeks (what Aristotle and Plato thought about an armed populace), and A Moriori Lesson (how pacifism leads to destruction).

Intervista a David B. Kopel

Tiziano Buzzacchera
élites
November 2, 2006
http://davekopel.org/Italiano/elites-Interventi.pdf
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Here is the result of Dave's interview by the Italian magazine élites.

Az ENSZ bűntárs volt az izraeli katonák elrablásában

Dave Kopel: Magyar
2006 Július 21
http://tinyurl.com/2w6bn6

Hungarian translation of Dave's article about how the United Nations is an accomplice in the terrorist kidnapping of Israeli soldiers.


International

Australia

Legislation aims to toughen Tas Gun Laws

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
December 22, 2006
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200612/s1817329.htm

"Tasmania's Police Minister has released draft legislation to amend the 1996 Firearms Act."

Anti-gun Lobby Concerned Laws will be Watered Down

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
December 22, 2006
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200612/s1816921.htm

"The Coalition for Gun Control's Roland Browne says he is concerned about the changes."


Canada

Tory Pledge to Kill Gun Registry Still Hanging Fire after Year

Jim Brown
The Canadian Press
January 22, 2007
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/01/22/3425980-cp.html

"A year after the federal Conservatives won power promising to abolish the gun registry, the program is still running - and any hope of killing it before the next election appears to be fading."


East Timor

Timor Gun Buy-back Could Work

Australian Associated Press
December 22, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/2t8n5d

"A gun buy-back scheme in East Timor could work to reduce the amount of violence in the troubled nation, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty says."


India

Hyd police to train Gun-Owners

Prachi Jatania
CNN-IBN News (India)
December 29, 2006
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/hyd-police-to-train-gunowners/top/29729-3.html

"Hyderbad police has decided to put a check on the people holding a gun license and those using it."

Punjab's Licensed Firearm Holders Asked to Deposit Weapons

Ravinder Singh Robin
Daily India
January 22, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2zfshw

"To ensure free and fair Assembly elections in the state, the authorities in Punjab have directed all private licensed fire arms owners to deposit them to their respective arms dealer or to their area's police station."


Ireland

Homeowners 'have right to meet burglars with force'

Vivion Kilfeather and Paul Kelly
The Irish Examiner (Ireland)
December 22, 2006
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1757474/posts

"Householders can attack a burglar without fear of the law unless they act maliciously or with excessive force, the Criminal Court of Appeal said in a fresh ruling on the rights of victims yesterday."


Israel

Knesset C'tee Paves Way For Vote on Self-Defense Bill

Arutz Sheva (Israel)
January 23, 2007
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=120094

"The law would establish that someone who shoots a thief or intruder in self-defense cannot be charged with murder."


Kyrgyzstan

Wild-west Approach to Personal Security Gains Adherents in Kyrgyzstan

Daniel Sershen
AKIpress (Kyrgyzstan)
January 22, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/397zte

"Experts say a surge in gun-related crime and a loosening of firearm regulations is promoting a Wild-West approach to security." The 'experts' in question are the authors of a 2004 report by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey, who had used Kyrgyzstan as an example of a country with low firearms ownership and crime.

Arming Parliament

News Briefing Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan)
December 22, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/2sxtlx

"NBCentralAsia commentators have criticised a decision to allow members of parliament to carry weapons, saying it will do nothing to resolve security problems facing Kyrgyzstan, and is unfair since other citizens are not allowed to bear arms."


Mexico

Gun-toting Priest Sings for Social Causes

Alfredo Corchado
El Universal (Mexico)
December 26, 2006
http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/miami/22656.html

"I've never used my gun, and I never plan to, but confronted with a bad situation, we have the right to defend ourselves," he said. "These are very dangerous villages."


South Africa

South Africans Long for Justice as Crime Rages

Michael Georgy
Reuters (South Africa)
December 20, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/ymbwld

"'People have a right to defend themselves but we don't want people to act like vigilantes and just shoot criminals,' said Gauteng police director Govindsamy Mariemuthoo."


Somalia

Somalis Stick to Their Guns

Edmund Sanders
Los Angeles Times
January 3, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/ycdnob

"The government's disarmament plan is not the first time authorities have attempted to sweep weapons from the streets of Mogadishu."


Switzerland

Army weapons "kill 300 people a year"

Swiss Info
December 16, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/y9jj3h

This figure comes from Swiss criminologist Martin Killias. Martin Killias's reliability is not entirely beyond informed suspicion.


United Kingdom

Prince William Goes Huntin', Shootin' and Textin'

This is London (UK)
December 26, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/2hmh7f

"He had a cap on his head, a gun under his arm and faithful dog at his side, but the only thing holding his attention was his mobile phone."

Is the Hunting Act working, or should it be repealed?

Guy Adams
The Independent (UK)
December 26, 2006
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article2103706.ece

"The League Against Cruel Sports admit that the Hunting Act is being widely flouted, but describe this as a temporary state of affairs."

Criminals Make 'Deactivated' Guns Lethal in Four Minutes

Tom Harper
The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
December 24, 2006
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/12/24/ngun24.xml

"Gun crime victims have criticised the Government for failing to close a loophole that allows criminals to legally buy 'deactivated' firearms that can be turned back into lethal weapons within minutes."

Airguns Survey Reveals 80 per cent Support for Introducing Ban

Ian Swanson
Evening News (Scotland)
January 22, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/28adno

"More than three quarters of Scots would support a ban on airguns, according to a new poll."

Campaigners Welcome City 's Bid for First UK Ban on Airguns

Alison Chiesa
The Herald (Glasgow, Scotland)
January 25, 2007
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1145310.0.0.php
http://www.umut.org.tr/eng/

A number of publicized shootings of toddlers (one in Turkey) with airguns has prompted a Labour Councilman to call for Glasgow to ban all air weapons in civillian hands. The British government is doubtful that an individual city has the right to enact such a ban. The article ends with a link to a British NGO actively advocationg the ban, this one: http://www.umut.org.tr/eng/

Gunpoint Robberies Soar

The Guardian
January 25, 2007
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,,-6370387,00.html

"The number of robberies involving firearms jumped 10% last year,including a 9% rise in street robberies at gunpoint..." The article cites as excuse the 'porous borders' of the United Kingdom.


Culture

A Rifle in Every Pot

Glenn Reynolds
The New York Times
January 16, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/yldhjd
http://www.davekopel.com/2A/LawRev/LawyersGunsBurglars.htm

Reynolds reacts to the town of Greenleaf, Idaho, requiring firearms ownership for the defense of homes. He cites Dave's 2001 article in the Arizona Law Review, here: http://www.davekopel.com/2A/LawRev/LawyersGunsBurglars.htm.

Free Summer Program for High School Sophomores and Juniors

Reno Gazette-Journal (NV)
January 19, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/39p7dn

"The National Rifle Association's Youth Education Summit (YES) program is gearing up to host another active week for students who want to learn about the U. S. government."

Kids & Clays foundation

Web Page

http://www.kidsandclays.com/

"The Kids & Clays Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and their families by partnering with shooting sports enthusiasts to develop programs that generate funds to support the operating needs of the Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms and Mobile Medical Units."

USA Shooting Announces Formation of USA Shooting Safety Coalition

Press Release
USA Shooting
January 17, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2vao58

"'This program will create a 'best practices' message that all trainers can utilize.'" USA Shooting prepares U.S. Olympic marksmen to compete. Other groups joining the initiative include the NSSF, IHEA, and the National 4H.

Illinois State Rifle Association Launches Firearm Training Initiative

Press Release
PR Newswire
January 25, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/377b4g

"The ISRA is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new firearm training initiative designed to heighten safety awareness, and build shooting skills. The program keys on women who are interested in learning to handle handguns safely as well as improving their accuracy under combat conditions."

Kentucky Moves to Allow Children to Hunt for Free

Roger Alford
Associated Press (KY)
January 12, 2007
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/state/16460600.htm

"The Kentucky Wildlife Commission has taken steps to make it easier for children to hunt, even removing the requirement for the state's youngest hunters to purchase licenses."

Over 60 and licensed to carry: Seniors more likely to have permits for concealed guns

Melanie Markley
Houston Chronicle (TX)
December 24, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/36eqxv

"Elderly and middle-aged residents are more likely to get concealed handgun permits than people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s, according to Texas Department of Public Safety figures released last week."

Alicia Keys Wants To Purchase Gun

Maira Oliveira
All Headline News Reporter
January 15, 2007
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7006141785

"The singer-and-actress had to learn to shoot in her new movie 'Smokin' Aces' and now she is confident handling a firearm she is seriously contemplating buying one for her own safety."

Snoop Dogg Calls for a World Gun Amnesty

LondonNet
December 28, 2006
http://www.londonnet.co.uk/entertainment/2006/Dec/4386_20061228.php

"The rapper - who was arrested in October for possession of drugs and a firearm - wishes the planet could be free of guns so no more lives could be unnecessarily cut short."

Film Documents Woman's Tragedy, Efforts to Change Gun Law

Clarke Canfield
Associated Press (ME)
January 6, 2007
http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/070106gunlaw.html

A new film sympathetically portrays a woman trying to force passage of a ten-day waiting period for firearms purchases in Maine after her son killed himself with a recently-purchased shotgun.


Terrorism

In the Fight Against Terrorism, Some Rights Must Be Repealed

Junaid Afeef
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
January 2007
http://www.ispu.us/pages/articles/2914/articleDetailPB.html

"The idea of public gun ownership simply does not make sense anymore. The right to bear arms, as enumerated in the Second Amendment, was meant for the maintenance of a 'well-regulated militia.'"

New Demands for Armed Pilots: Some Say the Mandatory Refresher Course Is Too Costly

Del Quentin Wilber
The Washington Post
January 24, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/29wtog

Armed airline pilots now outnumber Federal Air Marshals, but the difficulties in acquiring certification and a new retraining program may be reducing the number of pilots able to defend their cockpits.

TSA Delays Real-World Testing of Body Scanner

The Washington Post
December 25, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/yme8v8

"A test of an X-ray security scanner that can see through clothing, taking clear pictures of the human body along with concealed weapons, has been delayed until early next year at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport."


Politics

Mitt versus Mitt on Guns (and Everything Else)

George Conway
National Review
January 17, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2kvvfd

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has proclaimed support for the 2nd Amendment that his actions as governor of Massachusetts would seem to contradict strongly.

Fargo Mayor, NRA at Odds about Past Membership

Associated Press
KX.com News(ND)
January 20, 2007
http://www.kxnet.com/t/dennis-walaker/87729.asp
http://www.nraila.org/currentlegislation/actionalerts/read.aspx?id=376

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says that he dropped his NRA membership over the group's support of 'automatic weapons.' The NRA can find no record of Walaker ever having been a member. For the group's pronouncement, see here: http://www.nraila.org/currentlegislation/actionalerts/read.aspx?id=376

Does the National Rifle Association Influence Federal Elections?

Christopher B. Kenny, Michael McBurnett & David J. Bordua
Independence Institute Issue Paper no. 8-2006
December 2006
http://www.davekopel.com/2A/OthWr/Does-the-NRA-Influence-Federal-Elections.pdf
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The first empirical study to conclusively demonstrate and quantify interest-group influence on Congressional elections.


States

Arizona

Law would make Minutemen guilty of 'domestic terrorism'

Jay Baggett
World Net Daily
January 20, 2007
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53857

"An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill to revise the state's statutes on organized crime and fraud by defining 'domestic terrorism' in such a way that members of the Minuteman Project or other border-patrol groups could be prosecuted and forced to serve a minimum six-month jail term."


Colorado

Legislators consider changes to concealed weapons permit laws

Rebecca Boyle
The Tribune (Greeley, CO)
January 26, 2007
http://www.greeleytrib.com/article/20070126/NEWS/101260090

Colorado state lawmakers have four different bills pending about the continuation or elimination of a statewide database of concealed carry permit holders.


Illinois

Daley hopes Gun Limits Finally Pass Legislature

Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times (IL)
January 4, 2007
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/197096,CST-NWS-gun04.article

"Emboldened by Democratic gains in the Illinois Senate, Mayor Daley unveiled his annual package of gun-control legislation Wednesday -- this time, to reverse an uptick in Chicago homicides."


Kansas

Manhattan Officials Restrict Concealed Carry

Jenny Yank
WIBW (Topeka, KS)
January 24, 2007
http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/5348516.html

"State law prohibits concealed weapons in some areas including state buildings, but Manhattan City Commissioners are taking those restrictions further."


Massachusetts

Gun Rights Battle Looms: Gun Range License Debate

Milton J. Valencia
Worcester Telegram (MA)
January 19, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/yqfueq

"City officials could face a debate over gun rights after the police chief suspended the licenses of a shooting range at which a woman killed herself in October."

Mayor Eyes New Curb on Gun-Law Violators: Would Suspend Driving Rights

Donovan Slack
Boston Globe (MA)
January 8, 2007

"Mayor Thomas M. Menino wants the state to suspend driver's licenses and revoke the vehicle registrations of individuals convicted of firearms violations in Massachusetts and to list the charges on driving records available to police during traffic stops."


Virginia

Measure to Close 'Gun Show Loophole' Fails for Fifth time

Larry O'Dell
Associated Press (VA)
January 24, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2q4mqw

"A Senate committee yesterday killed legislation to require private sellers at gun shows to obtain a criminal background check on buyers."


West Virginia

Bill Calls for Gun Education in W.Va. Public Schools

Nicky Walters
State Journal (Charleston, WV)
January 25, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2xepdq

"The bill calls for public schools to offer a two-week orientation program about gun safety to students in grades seven through nine."


Law

Feds Win on Appeal in Lawsuit over Gun Crackdown

Paul Egan
The Detroit News (MI)
December 27, 2006
http://tinyurl.com/2dxubo

"An appeals court today overturned the decision of a Detroit federal judge to drop a gun charge against a man who alleged he was selectively prosecuted because he was black." The alleged selective prosecution was part of the Federal Project Safe Neighborhoods enforcement of federal firearms legislation.

SAF files motion to hold Magin, Riley in contempt

Press Release
The Second Amendment Foundation
January 17, 2007
http://www.saf.org/viewpr-new.asp?id=206

"Frustrated by repeated failures to meet court-appointed deadlines, and a pattern of disregard by the City of New Orleans, the Second Amendment Foundation has filed a motion to hold Mayor Ray Nagin and Police Superintendent Warren Riley in contempt of federal court."

"Quiet Enjoyment"

Eugene Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy
January 26, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/29ka7w

"Eckenrode argues that there was no direct evidence that any weapons were, in fact, there to protect any illicit business, as opposed to merely expressions of Eckenrode's quiet enjoyment of his article I, section 24 right to bear arms." State v. Eckenrode, 2007 WL 177917 para. 17 (Wash. Sup. Ct. Jan. 25). The Washington Supreme Court finds that the circumstantial evidence was enough to rebut the quiet enjoyment theory."


Research

Problems with the Latest Miller, Hemenway, Azrael Study on Guns

John R. Lott
John Lott's Website
1/24/2007
http://www.johnrlott.com/

"The bottom line is that their results comes from two factors: the exclusion of DC and the use of other crime rates to explain the murder rate. Changing these two factors causes their result to go from positive and significant to negative and significant."

Children's Defense Fund Releases Annual Gun Violence Report

Press Release
The Children's Defense Fund
January 26, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/ys6b8q

Throughout the text, the references are exclusively to children killed, 'by firearms.' There are comparisons to combat losses in Arghanistan and Iraq.

Brady Center Report Reveals 'Shady Dealings' By Licensed Gun Dealers That Supply Gunrunners

Press Release
The Brady Campaign
January 22, 2007
http://tinyurl.com/2taedc

The Brady campaign has found more than two dozen cases of illegal gun trafficking from dealers across the country.

New Hunting Wire Service Delivers Free Hunting News to Sportsmen

Press Release
PR Web
January 21, 2007
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2007/1/prweb498717.htm
http://www.thehuntingwire.com/

"...hunters and sportsmen can now receive free hunting news directly from equipment manufacturers, game ranches and hunting organizations with the all-new launch of TheHuntingWire.com, Hunting's Sure Shot for On-Line News." The Hunting Wire itself may be accessed here: http://www.thehuntingwire.com/


This newsletter is compiled with help from Dr. Rob S. Rice. For more on this exhausted, if well-motivated individual, see http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/rrice/rrice_hd.html. Dr. Rice has just been promoted by the Independence Institute to the position of 'Research Associate.' His previous title was 'Nâzgul.'

Al Qaeda delenda est!


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