Second Amendment Newsletter. Feb. 6, 2003

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Table of Contents for this issue

1. New by Kopel:  Gun control and genocide. Encyclopedia on Guns in American

Society. The American Prospect magazine's juvenile attempt to minimize BATF

abuses. Critique of Washington Monthly article blaming the sniper attacks on

the Firearms Owners Protection Act. How UN arms control caused Srebrenica massacre.

Discussion of two 19th century gun rights cases.

2.  Terrorism: 10th graders in California disarm a school shooter. Media ignores


3. Culture: Tribute to Joe Foss. New medical studies

4.  International: Malcolm on England; Halbrook on Switzerland.

Philippine gun ban.

5. History: Bellesiles follow-up. Cramer article colonial statutes

mandating gun carrying to church.

6. Law and Legislation. State round-up. NRA Foundation endows

chair at George Mason Law School.

1. New by Kopel

"Guns for 'Non-State Actors': Tools to Prevent Genocide"

Brown Journal of World Affairs  With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.

PDF format of pre-publication galleys.

"Guns in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law"

Two-volume academic encyclopedia, published by ABC/Clio.

44 entries by Kopel. Gregg Carter was general editor. Kopel

was one of 4 members of the Editorial Board.

Tapped Out. Setting the record straight, and moving on.

National Review Online. Feb. 5, 2003.

The weblog for "The American Prospect" is willfully oblivious to

BATF abuses and to good manners.

Critique of Washington Monthly article,

"License to Kill: How the GOP helped John Allen Muhammad Get a Sniper Rifle."

Dialogue on with author Brent Kendall

When Policy Kills. The Srebrenica massacre and the U.N.'s disarmament policies. National Review Online. Jan. 27, 2003. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.

Guns in the Dock

Liberty.Feb. 2003.

Examines Nunn v. State and Salina v. Blaksley, two important 19th century

cases involving the Second Amendment, and their implications for today.

Coming soon from the National Center for Policy Analysis

Monograph on Ballistic Imaging. With Sterling Burnett.

2. Terrorism

Two 10th graders in Arroyo Grande, California disarmed a student

holding 25 students and 2 teachers hostage with a 9mm.

Heroes Clay Gheza and Jonathan Griswold are ignored by most media, covered by a few.


Checked Baggage Procedure Questions and Answers
Can I still transport a firearm in checked baggage?

3. Culture

So long, Smokey Joe
In memoriam, Gen. Joe Foss

The Sight

Increased risk of intimate partner homicide among California women who purchased handguns
G J Wintemute, M A Wright, C M Drake

The Annals of Emergency Medicine


Unintended shootings in a large metropolitan area: an incident-based analysis.
Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Jan;41(1):10-7

Ismach RB, Reza A, Ary R, Sampson TR, Bartolomeos K, Kellermann AL


Effect of current federal regulations on handgun safety features.
Ann Emerg Med. 2003 Jan;41(1):1-9.

Milne JS, Hargarten SW, Kellermann AL, Wintemute GJ


4. International


Breaking gun laws

January 18, 2003

WorldNet Daily

By Joel Miller

Disobedience to long gun registration law

It's No Wonder Firearms Owners Are A Little Gun-Shy
Registry has a lot of people wondering what the government really wants.


"Why Britain needs more guns"
By Joyce L Malcolm 

14 January, 2003
BBC World News  

Tony Martin Support Group

For Englishman currently in prison for shooting violent home invaders.

Parole denied because he would be "a danger to burglars."

Firearms amnesty to tackle surge in gun crime

The Independent
By Jason Bennetto
27 December 2002

Handgun crime rises by 46 per cent

The Times

Jan. 9, 2003,,1-537568,00.html 

London: Gun Crime Capital

Sky News,,30800-12220899,00.html

"London is the gun crime capital of Britain, according to the Home Office statistics. Nearly 4,200 crimes involving firearms were committed in Greater London last year."


Civilian Gun Ban Imposed

Manila Times

Jan. 31, 2003
PRESIDENT Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday banned the carrying of guns by civilians

and off-duty police and military men in public places. She also suspended indefinitely

the issuance to civilians of gun licenses and permits to carry firearms.

Ebdane: No Gun Ban For Politicians

Manila Times

Feb. 3, 2003
National Police asks for politicians to be exempted from ban on gun carrying.


An Interview with Stephen P. Halbrook

By Carlo Stagnaro

5. History

Disarming Bellesiles
Instead of a keen rewrite of history, 'Arming America' was revealed

to be an inaccurate look at 'The Origins of a National Gun Culture'
By James A. Swan

What Clayton Cramer Saw and (Nearly) Everyone Else Missed
By Clayton E. Cramer

History News Network

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Footnoted PDF version of article from

America's First Freedom, January 2003

Colonial statutes requiring that guns be carried to church

Law & Legislation

California Attorney General Lockyer Releases Report,

Acknowledges that Ballistics "Fingerprinting" Won't Work

Maryland Lawmakers Propose Gun Bills


Feb. 2, 2003
Maryland lawmakers are proposing a package of gun control laws, including

one to expand ballistics fingerprinting to all firearms, and will draw on the

celebrity of Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose to underscore

their point.

[In the forthcoming April issue of Chronicles magazine, an article by Dave

Kopel and Paul Blackman argues that Moose did a terrible job in the sniper investigation.

Handgun legislation has better chance in new session
Minnesota Public Radio

by Tom Scheck
January 7, 2003

Judge Rules In Favor Of Gun Maker
Says company not liable in death of Florida teacher

WorldNet Daily

Jan. 27, 2003

Kopel article on the original verdict in the Grunow case in Florida:

Concealed Weapons Bill Introduced Again In House (in Ohio)

Jan. 29, 2003

Texas CHL Holders Not A Threat To Community

Texas City Sun

Jan. 2, 2003

By Michael Clements

Battle Set Over Firearms In Schools

Salt Lake Tribune
Bill favored by Statewide Prosecutors Association would remove ambiguity which

some schools use to ban licensed firearms carriers, contrary to Utah CCW statute

Bill Would Allow Concealed Weapons In Some

Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

Roanoke (Virginia) Times

Feb. 1, 2003

Virginia Quietly Lifts Ban On Handguns In Parks

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Jan. 11, 2003

By Rex Springston

NRA Foundation Grant To Fund Professorship At George Mason
The NRA Foundation has pledged $1 million to the George Mason

University School of Law to establish and endow the Patrick Henry

Professorship of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment.

The first professor to hold chair will be Nelson Lund.

Wisconsin: Committee Favors Amendment Giving

Right to Hunt, Fish
Supporters see need to protect sporting heritage

Associated Press

Jan. 17, 2003

Al Qaeda delenda est!

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