Nov. 15, 2002, Second Amendment newsletter

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Table of Contents for this issue

1. New by Kopel: Lots of election analysis. The West Palm Beach

lawsuit. "Sniper rifles." Ballistic imaging.

2. Culture: Michael Moore, Bernhard Goetz.

3. Australia Handgun Ban: First step, 250 self-loading pistols.

4. Other International: Bangladesh confiscates all guns. Explosives bill in

Canada. Joyce Malcolm on Great Britain.

5. Terrorism: Disarmed civilians in Iraq, Zimbabwe. DC Sniper fall-out.

6. Law: Cert granted in BATF 4473 case. Liability for "gun-free zones."

1. New by Kopel


Gunned Down. The case for prohibiting abusive lawsuits.

The West Palm Beach suit against the wholesaler of a Raven pistol

used to murder a teacher.  National Review Online. Nov.15, 2002.

Gun show Gun registration is not the answer.

Charleston Gazette.Nov. 10, 2002.

Political pollsters among big losers.

Opinion trackers for News, Post seemed to be off target more than usual this year.

Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Nov. 10, 2002.


Second Wins and Losses.

How the Second Amendment made out.

National Review Online. Nov.6, 2002.

A Second Amendment Voting Guide.

Journey through the states and offices.

National Review Online. Nov.4, 2002.

Fox 31 misleads on 'sniper' rifles. 

Despite news segment's claims, it takes more than mouse click to obtain firearms.

Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, October 27, 2002.


Not So Fast. Ballistic fingerprinting.

National Review Online. Oct. 23, 2002. With Paul H. Blackman.

2. Culture

Jackass, The Documentary
Dishonesty. Tendentiousness. Blubber. Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine"

is even worse than what we've come to expect from him.
by Matt Labash

What Guns are OK?

Great new on-line video about gun prohibition.

"That every man be armed"

Speech by Vin Suprynowicz


Where are they now: Bernie Goetz

The New Yorker

He's a vegetarian activist, uninterested in gun policy.

From a friend of a friend:

"I recent had a casual (and quite cheap) physical exam at my local gay health

clinic and the new, young nurse practitioner (ersatz doctor) who examined me

asked me as part of the examination whether I had a smoke detector in my home

and whether I owned a gun. When I hesitated on this latter she said with

evident concern that many people are wounded at home when they own guns.
I frankly found this question startling and intrusive, but I wonder if this

is now part of some new "public health" approach to social issues. Perhaps it

is a clue about the future of this issue. Next a census question?

The question was odder still coming from a medical type who did not bother to

do a prostate or hernia exam--things I would think were routine in a

physical. On a 61 year old man you would think a prostate exam would be a no

brainer.  Nope--she wanted to know about guns and smoke detectors."

3. Australia Handgun Ban

You are two URLs at which you may find information on the Australian handgun ban.

Government proposal


Would ban 250 "non-sporting" self-loading handguns.

Sporting Shooters Association of Australia

Gun Control Australia

Let everyone have a gun

The Age

John Whitley

October 31 2002

4. Other International

a. Bangladesh

Bangladesh Orders Arms Surrender

BBC News

"The authorities in Bangladesh have ordered citizens with licensed firearms to

surrender all weapons and ammunition by 15 November as part of an ongoing

anti-crime drive."

b. Canada

BILL C-17 (Formerly Bill C-42 and Bill C-55)

Proposed new Explosive Act.



"inexplosive ammunition component'' means any cartridge case or bullet, or an  projectile that is used in a firearm as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code; "illicit trafficking'' means any importation into Canada, exportation from Canada or transportation in transit through Canada of an explosive or an inexplosive ammunition component if (a) the importation or exportation is not authorized by the country of origin

or the country of destination, or (b) the transportation in transit of the explosive or the inexplosive ammunition component through any country is not authorized by thatcountry;


WHEN BILL C-17 WAS BILL C-55 - MAY 9, 2002

Grit MP blasts gun legislation
October 23, 2002 
A Liberal MP called his government's gun-control legislation "a shambles, a joke"

and an "expensive, dismal failure" yesterday in a speech to public-sector

financial managers.

c. Great Britain

Gun Control's Twisted Outcome

Restricting firearms has helped make England more crime-ridden than the U.S.

By Joyce Lee Malcolm

November 2002

5.  Terrorism

U.S. soldiers train for battle in streets of Iraq


By Dave Moniz

Oct. 30, 2002

"Saddam also has not armed his civilian population, intelligence experts say,

for fear that the population would turn on his regime."

FBI Agents 'Miffed' that Gun Owner Contacted Media

By Jeff Johnson

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Post-sniper policy
By Stephen P. Halbrook

National Law Journal

Nov. 11, 2002

Zimbabwe the Next Genocidal Killing Field
by Austin Bay

Creators Syndicate

Background on disarmament and genocide in Zimbabwe: 


U.S. Department of the Treasury v. City of Chicago, 02-322.

Cert. granted

"1. Whether individual names and addresses in the Trace Database and the Multiple Sales Database are exempt from compelled disclosure under FOIA Exemption 7(C), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(C), which encompasses 'records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes' when the production of such records 'could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.'
2. Whether various categories of information contained in the Trace Database are protected from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 7(A), 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(7)(A), which

encompasses law enforcement records when the production of such records 'could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings."

Solicitor General cert. petition

Court of Appeals and District Court opinions:

SAF announces plan to file amicus brief  in merits phase

Supreme Court to weigh privacy for gun owners

Associated Press

Nov. 12, 2002

Alan Korwin's proposal to make "Gun-Free-Zone" liable

For injuries caused to victims as a result of the prohibition

Al Qaeda delenda est!

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