Dec. 11, 2007, Second Amendment Newsletter

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December 11, 2007
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Table of Contents

  1. Short Articles by Kopel: Pending Supreme Court Decision; Genocide Resistance; UNICEF; UNWRA
  2. Scholarly Articles by Kopel: Christianity and Self-Defense; Christian Pacifism; Dhimmitude
  3. Blogging by Kopel: D.C. Background; Fred Thompson
  4. Multimedia with Kopel: Interview at the GRPC; GRPC Presentation
  5. International: Canada; European Union; Finland; France; New Zealand; Philippines; UK
  6. History: Georgia's 'Black Codes;' Eleanor Roosevelt's Gun
  7. Culture and Self-Defense: LGBT and CCW; MSU Shooting Sports Center; Gun Free Zones Aren't; 'Active Gunman' Policing; Dave's Gift Ideas; Children and Toy Guns; Bill of Rights Day
  8. Politics: Huckabee RSA Endorsement; Thompson at Gun Show and on Meet the Press; Edwards says 'Privilege' Again
  9. States: Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Virginia
  10. The Supreme Court Case: Nelson Lund; Effectiveness of the D.C. Ban; 2nd Amendment Unholstered; D.C. Government Packs Heat; 'Reasonable Regulation'
  11. Legal Commentary: Review of Tushnet; Brady Campaign's View; Chemerinsky's; The Harvard Crimson's; Guns for Everyone; Guns for Individuals; N.Y. Judge; N.Y. Decision; Minnesota Appeal; Bloomberg; Oklahoma

New by Kopel

Short Articles

Court, Capital and Handgun

Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX)
November 19, 2007

An explanation of the isssues the Supreme Court will be deciding in the D.C. gun ban case, and its likely and possible ramifications.

Genocide Resistance

With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen
The National Review Online
October 16, 2007

The possession of arms saved the lives of many Armenians right after World War I.

Tricked by UNICEF

National Review Online
October 26, 2007

The financing of Palestinian terrorism makes for one scary Halloween.

UNRWA and Palestinian Suffering

The Volokh Conspiracy
November 29, 2007

That there is 21st-century refugee problem from a war that ended in 1949 is primarily because of UNRWA's decision to maximize Palestinian suffering for political advantage.

Scholarly Articles

Evolving Christian attitudes towards Personal and National Self-defense.

Working Paper
November 9, 2007
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This article is an analysis of changing Christian attitudes towards defensive violence.

Modern Christian Pacifist Philosophy.

Working Paper
November, 2007
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This article examines the strengths and weaknesses of various contemporary Christian pacifist philosophies.

Dhimmitude and Disarmament

George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal 18
Forthcoming in 2008
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Sharia law forbids subject non-Muslims, dhimmis, from possessing arms and resisting attacks upon them by Muslims.


Some Background on the D.C. Handgun and Self-defense Bans

The Volokh Conspiracy
November 20, 2007

Here is information about the D.C. ban at stake in pending Supreme Court litigation.

Fred Thompson vs. The UN's Anti-self-defense Campaign

The Volokh Conspiracy
November 3, 2007

"Sen. Fred Thompson wrote to Field & Stream magazine, criticizing the UN's campaign against the human right of self-defense. The Thompson campaign touted the letter on its website, and the letter got a favorable reception among many pro-Second Amendment bloggers."


Interview with Mark Vanderberg

Gun Rights Advocates Podcast

Here Dave's thirty-six minute interview at the 2007 Gun Rights Policy Conference is available in MP3 audio format. Topics include the implications and background of the D.C. handgun ban case, the politics of the gun issue, the role of activists, and new research about gun bans in Africa.

Gun Rights Policy Conference, Full Program

Second Amendment Foundation Online
October, 2007

"While a picture is worth a thousand words, there is no need to live without the words! As in the past, Charles Heller recorded all of the speakers at the conference. These recordings, as well as recordings of some past conferences, are available for purchase."



Day quietly Delays Plan to Stamp Imported Guns

Tim Naumetz
National Post (Canada)
December 5, 2007

Canadian gun-control enthusiasts are angry over a Tory decision to delay a plan supported by police associations for gun importers to mark all firearms.

European Union

EU May 'Fast Track' Gun Control

Chris Summers
BBC News
November 12, 2007

"A British MEP is hoping to 'fast track' a new EU deal on gun control and says last week's school massacre in Finland should act as a wake up call."

Finland Changes Course on EU Firearms Directive

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition
November 12, 2007

In the aftermath of a school shooting, Finland's government has decided to bring their nation's laws about firearms ownership below the age of 18 into compliance with a directive from the European Union.


Arrest the Handguns

Rebecca Peters
The International Herald Tribune
November 16, 2007

The director of the International Action Network on Small Arms makes a plea for swift action to render illegal civilian ownership of handguns in the aftermath of the Finnish school shooting.

Finnish Prime Minister Seeks Firearms Regulations Probe after School Massacre

Associated Press
The International Herald Tribune
November 11, 2007

"Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen has called for an investigation of the country's firearms regulations following a shooting in which an 18-year old student killed eight people and himself, he said Sunday."

Gun Ownership High, Violence Low in Finland

Alan Gomez and Oren Dorell
USA Today
November 7, 2007

"Finland, a country with a high number of guns but a low rate of gun violence, appeared stunned by a school shooting that left eight people dead and may consider revising its accommodating gun laws, Finnish experts said Wednesday."


The French and their Gun Laws

Paul Belien
The Washington Times
December 5, 2007

In the light of rapes, robberies, and other crimes by predominantly Muslim rioters, the French are left unarmed in the face of violence.

New Zealand

Hunting Down the Country's Firearms

Phil Taylor
New Zealand Weekend Herald
October 27, 2007

New Zealand police are raiding cabins, homes, and hunting shelters in a search for illegal firearms.


Firearm Laws for the Armed Citizen

Karlon N. Rama
Sun Star Cebu
November 26, 2007

This is an excerpt from a seminar lecture on the history of Philippines firearms legislation.

The UK

Your Guns are 'Too Violent' for Remembrance Day, Mayor tells Rifle Regiment

The Daily Mail
November 9, 2007

"...the Labour mayor of Chepstow in Monmouthshire, said: 'I would prefer for there not be any guns at the parade—and raised it because it is an issue I personally feel very strongly about.'" The Town Council unanimously ignored the mayor's preferences.


'Disarm the Negroes': The Racist Roots of Georgia Gun Control

Special Report
November, 2007

The report argues that Georgia's gun laws were always written with a mind to keeping the Negro population disarmed and subject to the White majority. The text contains many period clippings and illustrations. There are interesting accounts of light-skinned blacks purchasing arms so that their darker-skinned friends could defend themselves against racial aggression.

Eleanor Roosevelt's Concealed Carry Application

Submitted by 'Syd.'
Front Sight, Press
November 25, 2007

Here is a facsimile of Eleanor Roosevelt's application for permit to carry a concealed weapon (click for a larger version). The First Lady traveled a great deal and carried and practiced with a revolver during her journeys.

Her Own Bodyguard

Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant & Joanne Eisen
National Review Online
January 24, 2002

Here's Kopel's, Gallant's and Eisen's treatment of the pistol-packing former first lady.

Editorial Cartoon

Michael Ramirez
Investor's Business Daily Editorials
November 19, 2007

This talented cartoonist's take on a historical right to keep and bear arms.

Culture and Self-Defense

Advocates for Guns in the LGBT Community to Speak

Topher Sanders
The Ithaca Journal
November 14, 2007

"Guns can provide those in the gay community a level of protection and security, Krick said. 'Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed,' reads the organization's Web site."

MSU to Build $3.5M Sports Shooting Center

Matthew Miller
Lansing State Journal
November 12, 2007

"Plans for the John and Marnie Demmer Shooting Sports, Education and Training Center, approved last month by MSU's Board of Trustees, call for a 23,000-square-foot building with indoor archery and small-bore rifle ranges and three outdoor archery ranges."

Gun-free Zones Offer Criminals, Lunatics No-risk Targets

Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman
Tucson Citizen (AZ) Online Edition (Only)
November 14, 2007

Teachers are now being robbed by armed criminals, who join with mall and campus shooters in exploiting the forced vulnerability of 'Gun Free Zones.'

KC Police Develop 'Active Gunman' Strategy

Tony Rizzo
The Kansas City Star
December 5, 2007

"When a gunman stormed a Kansas City shopping center in April, police employed a strategy that may have spared the kind of death oll wrought yesterday in Omaha, where a man killed nine people at a mall. The Kansas City star says that although two people were shot to death by the emotionally disturbed and suicidal gunman in Kansas City, police think the 'active gunman' strategy saved many more lives. Using lessons learned from the Columbine school shootings, officers confronted and felled the gunman before he could do additional harm."

Christmas Gift Suggestion

The National Rifle Association
December 25, 2007

One good way to enlist a shooter in the struggle to preserve civilian ownership of firearms is to present that individual with a gift membership in the National Rifle Association.

Yet Another Gift Suggestion

Midway USA
December 25, 2007

Just a sample of the offerings from one of many excellent retailers who serve the shooting community. An air rifle or pistol is an excellent way to instill and perfect skills of firearms safety and marksmanship. The Crosman 1377 is inexpensive and ideal for indoor or outdoor pistol practice, note here

Little-Bang Theory of Violence: It All Begins With a Toy Gun

Monica Hesse
The Washington Post
November 11, 2007

The 'Zapper' accessory for Nintendo's Wii entertainment system for shooting simulations has provoked an angry reaction by some purchasers who feel that the device encourages interest in shooting. The article goes on to a more in-depth exploration of toy or simulated firearms and children.

Bill of Rights Day 2007

Alan Korwin
Bloomfield Press
November 9, 2007

"This is the 6th year in a row that Arizonans have gathered to recognize and honor one of the most important concepts ever created. Join us. It's free. You will remember this experience for a long time to come."


Mike Huckabee Receives Endorsement of Republican Sportshooters Association

Press Release
Mike Huckabee for President Campaign
November 26, 2007

"Former Arkansas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee received the endorsement of the Republican Sportshooters Association at a sportsmen's 'meet and greet and skeet shoot' just outside Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday."

Thompson Calls Gun Show 'Paradise'
November 24, 2007

"White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show 'a day in paradise,' and said he wished he could come back to spend more time and money." The reactions posted below the story are also illuminating.

Thompson Talks Guns in N.H.

Joseph Curl
The Washington Times
November 6, 2007

"Thompson had a somewhat surreal day yesterday as he toured the nation's first primary state, dropping in to Nashua for a genteel early-morning 'tea with the candidate,' then spending the afternoon in a gun-making plant in Rochester."

'Meet the Press' transcript for Nov. 4, 2007: Fred Thompson, Tom Brokaw

Tim Russert
November 4, 2007

Thompson's opposition to gun control was among the subjects covered and transcripted during this interview.

John Edwards on the Right to Bear Arms

NRA Videos
November 15, 2007

During the course of this video clip, former senator Edwards reinforced his earlier remark that the ownership of specified types of firearms is a 'privilege,' not a Constitutional right.

The States


Decision on Resale of Police Guns Applauded

Rick Docksai
The Baltimore Sun
November 23, 2007,0,3333103.story

By a vote of 135 to 4 in the House of Delegates, Maryland state legislators voted to override Governor Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that allowed Maryland police departments to sell, as opposed to destroy, their obsolete or surplus firearms. The override is the Legislature's first of the Governor's veto.


Police to Search for Guns in Homes

Maria Cramer
The Boston Globe
November 17, 2007

"Boston police are launching a program that will call upon parents in high-crime neighborhoods to allow detectives into their homes, without a warrant, to search for guns in their children's bedrooms."

New Jersey

Legislation Upsets N.J. Hunters, Anglers

Richard Pearsall
The Courier-Post Online
November 5, 2007

"The bill would change both the composition and the mission of the state's Fish and Game Council, in ways that would deprive sportsmen of control over the council and, at the very least, shift its emphasis away from hunting and toward 'nonlethal' means of animal control."


Rendell Can't Sway Panel on Gun Bills

Amy Worden and Mario F. Cattabiani
The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Pennsylvania's House Judiciary Committee yesterday handily defeated two key gun-control bills despite a dramatic appearance by Gov. Rendell, who implored the committee to pass tougher gun laws to curb violence, especially in crime-marred cities such as Philadelphia."

Gun Suit vs. U. Darby Will Cause Ripples

William Bender
The Philadelphia Daily News
December 6, 2007

"Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood Sr. said yesterday that his department will not return seized firearms without a court order or his personal approval. Those that aren't returned to the owners are destroyed." Litigation is pending after Upper Darby police removed firearms from the home of a suicide and refused to return them to his heir.


Kaine Takes Aim at Firearm Loophole

Michael Sluss
The Roanoke Times
December 5, 2007

"Gov. Tim Kaine said Tuesday that he will make a 'very aggressive' push next year to close a legal loophole allowing unlicensed gun dealers to avoid checking the criminal backgrounds of buyers, hoping to win support from a legislature that has been hostile to proposed gun controls." Little action is expected before the Supreme Court rules on the Parker case.

Democratic Gun Rights Activists Seek Senate Power

Amy Gardner
The Washington Post
November 18, 2007

"The Virginia General Assembly could become more friendly to gun rights advocates despite gains by Democrats in state elections this month, several lawmakers and advocates said."

The Supreme Court Case

D.C.'s Handgun Ban and the Constitutional Right to Arms: One Hard Question?

Nelson Lund
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-36
October 14, 2007

Lund explains why the 'militia-style' weapons argument should not suffice to sustain the D.C. gun ban.

One for the Second

Timothy Wheeler
The National Review Online
November 21, 2007

"If the amicus brief of the American Academy of Pediatrics is any indication, the gun ban movement has not only run out of steam, it has run out of credible arguments for denying D.C. residents, and other Americans that most natural of rights—the right to self defense."

Crime Data Underscore Limits Of D.C. Gun Ban's Effectiveness

Paul Duggan
The washington Post
November 13, 2007

"Although studies through the decades have reached conflicting conclusions, this much is clear: The ban, passed with strong public support in 1976, has not accomplished everything that the mayor and council of that era wanted it to."

Unholster the 2nd Amendment

Robert A. Levy
The Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2007

"Considering the text, purpose, structure and history of our Constitution, and the clear weight of legal scholarship, it's time for the Supreme Court to revitalize the 2nd Amendment, which has lain dormant for nearly seven decades."

Chairman Of Taxicab Commission Packs Gun

Bruce Johnson
9 News Now
November 7, 2007

"Swain is the only city official who admits to packing a gun."

Guns and Gay Sex: Some Notes on Firearms, the Second Amendment, and 'Reasonable Regulation'

Glenn Harlan Reynolds
Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 75, No. 1
November 20, 2007

"In "Guns and Gay Sex," I look at two overlapping lines of Tennessee cases on the right to arms and the right to privacy and conclude that even a "reasonable regulation" model of the right to arms would pose significant barriers to overly intrusive firearms laws."

Legal Commentary

A Welcome Mat for Gun Searches

Steven Gray
November 26, 2007,8599,1687895,00.html

Here is another treatment of the Boston 'Safe Homes' police searches of homes for hidden guns. It is noteworthy that the ACLU has voiced opposition to the program.

The Most Mysterious Right

Cass R. Sunstein
The New Republic
November 12, 2007

Here is a review of Mark Tushnet's Out of Range, a book confessing that the author is unable to decide the meaning of the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Sunstein and Tushnet's views generated a lengthy discussion on the page.

One Court's Second Amendment Fantasy

Paul Helmke
The Huffington Post
November 27, 2007

The President of the Brady Campaign criticizes the ruling in D.C. v. Heller that has led to the pending Supreme Court appeal.

Trigger Guard: States' Gun Regulations Can Survive a Court Test

Erwin Chemerinsky
The News & Observer
November 27, 2007

Chemerinsky argues that 'reasonable restrictions' of civilian firearms ownership will remain possible regardless of any Supreme Court ruling in the Heller case.

Repeal the Second Amendment?

Robert VerBruggen
The American Spectator
December 3, 2007

An anonymous editorial in the Harvard Crimson argues for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment in order to enact gun control legislation. VerBruggen considers that intellectual progress.

Guns are for Liberals, Too

Mike Eber
The Michigan Daily
November 26, 2007

Eber points out that those of opposing political persuasions might all need to exercise their rights under the 2nd Amendment.

The Second Amendment and the Individual

M.W. Gail
The American Thinker
November 28, 2007

Gail's analysis of the Colonial militias results in his conclusion that the 2nd Amendment is, indeed, an individual right.

Non-Supreme Court Cases

Judge Lands at Center of a New York Legal Mystery

Joseph Goldstein
The New York Sun
December 3, 2007

Judge Weinstein has received a suspiciously large number of suits in which he has exercised consistent bias against the firearms industry. A lawyer in a pending case is asking the Judge to recuse himself.

Handsome but not Home Free

Ron Coleman
Likelihood of Success
November 6, 2007

This is an account of a New York State criminal court judge's refusal to apply the ruling in Heller to a case involving a New York man prosecuted for having three unlicensed guns in his apartment.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Treats Second Amendment as Involving an Individual Right

Eugene Volokh
The Volokh Conspiracy
November 27, 2007

"The opinion is not entirely clear here on many points, but the one thing it pretty clear does do is treat the right to bear arms as individual."

Court Of Appeals Considering Gun Law Challenge

Associated Press
November 9, 2007

"The Minnesota Court of Appeals is considering whether the state law allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns with a proper permit places an undue burden on churches and infringes on their property rights."

Gun Manufacturers Lose Appeal of Gary, Indiana's Lawsuit: Decision Is First Appellate Court Ruling to Interpret Federal Gun Industry Shield Law

Press Release
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
October 29, 2007

The Brady campaign celebrates an Indiana Court of Appeals ruling that ignored the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in allowing a lawsuit by Gary, Indiana against firearms manufacturers.

Mayor Becomes Entangled by Gun Lawsuits

Joseph Goldstein
The New York Sun
November 20, 2007

"Two recent court rulings—one from yesterday—suggest that Mr. Bloomberg may want to reserve a few days on his calendar next year in case he is called to face a jury over allegations that he defamed two gun dealers by speaking ill of them in the press."

Workplace Gun Ban OK

Associated Press
The Dallas Morning News
October 7, 2007

Here is another treatment of U.S. District Judge Terence Kern's ruling invalidating an Oklahoma state law against employers forbidding firearms in their employees' cars.

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