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Dave Kopel's Second Amendment Newsletter. Nov. 15, 2002.
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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.
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
THE REPORT NEWSMAGAZINE
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.
Would ban 250 "non-sporting" self-loading handguns.
Shooters Association of Australia
Gun Control Australia
Let everyone have a gun
October 31 2002
4. Other International
Bangladesh Orders Arms Surrender
"The authorities in Bangladesh have ordered citizens with licensed firearms to
surrender all weapons and ammunition by 15 November as part of an ongoing
BILL C-17 (Formerly Bill C-42 and Bill C-55)
Proposed new Explosive Act.
TEXT OF AMENDMENTS TO EXPLOSIVE ACT - PART 7 http://www.parl.gc.ca/37/2/parlbus/chambus/house/bills/government/C-17/C-17_1/90173b-4E.html#18
DEFINITION OF "INEXPLOSIVE AMMUNITION COMPONENT"
"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;
GARRY BREITKREUZ'S SPEECH AGAINST THESE AMENDMENTS
WHEN BILL C-17 WAS BILL C-55 - MAY 9, 2002 http://www.garrybreitkreuz.com/speeches/may-9-2002.htm
Grit MP blasts gun legislation
By ANDREA SANDS
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
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
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
November 05, 2002
By Stephen P. Halbrook
National Law Journal
Nov. 11, 2002
Zimbabwe the Next Genocidal Killing Field
by Austin Bay
Background on disarmament and genocide in Zimbabwe:
U.S. Department of the Treasury v. City of Chicago, 02-322.
"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
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!