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How can we enact meaningful gun control? The Repartee. Debate with Adam Winkler. Part 1: Background checks. Part 2: Reading the Constitution. Fall 2013.
Tragedy's Playbook: Bloomberg's PR manual for exploiting crimes. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2013.
Deacons for Defense and Justice. America's 1st Freedom. October, 2013.
The Colorado Recalls Explained. Volokh.com. Sept. 11, 2013.
The Long Hard Road to Freedom. How a new "shall issue" law in Illinois illustrates the long hard road to freedom. America's 1st Freedom. September, 2013.
U.N. Believable. By giving support to the negotiation and passage of a U.N. arms trade treaty, the Obama administration is allowing foreign government to remake the 2nd Amendment - and thus the United States - in their own image. America's 1st Freedom. June 2013.
Time For a Real Response. Now that the gun-control circus is over, we can actually address mass violence. National Review Online. Apr. 19, 2013.
The Problem Was With the Legislation. Kopel featured in the NY Times Room for Debate series on the question, "If 90 percent of Americans support background checks but most senators don't, is the system broken?" New York Times. Apr. 18, 2013.
The Problems of Toomey-Machin. National Review Online. Apr. 17, 2013.
The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control. Volokh.com. Apr. 15, 2013.
Schumer-Toomey gun bill deserves a committee hearing. The Daily Caller. Apr. 11, 2013.
Turning Gun Owners into Felons. A new bill would make it a crime to “transfer” your gun to a spouse for more than seven days. National Review. Apr. 5, 2013.
Do You Really Think That Feinstein Will Stop At ARs? America's 1st Freedom. March 2013.
The Catastrophic Consequences of Gun Registration. America's 1st Freedom. March 2013.
Ronald Reagan’s AR-15. Volokh.com. Jan. 15, 2013.
Guns in America: Arming the right people can save lives. Good guys with guns have managed to keep a list of shooters from carrying out the kinds of attacks that get far more publicity. LA Times. Jan. 15, 2013.
Activities for Gun Appreciation Day. Volokh.com. Jan. 14, 2013.
A Divide Widened by Misunderstanding. Kopel featured in the NY Times Room for Debate series on the question, "What is it about gun policy that makes it such an emotional topic?" New York Times. Jan. 6, 2013.
Why Japan is so safe from guns. A society utterly different from our own. NY Daily News. Dec. 19, 2012.
Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown. Why random mass shootings have increased and what to do about it. Wall Street Journal. Dec. 17, 2012.
The N.R.A. Is Still Vital, Because the 2nd Amendment Is. Kopel in the NY Times Room for Debate series on the question, "Is the gun lobby invincible?" New York Times. Dec. 17, 2012.
Moore v. Madigan, key points. Volokh.com. Dec. 11, 2012. Kopel's The Second Amendment in the Nineteenth Century cited by the majority. Right to Arms in the Living Constitution cited by the dissent.
Does any government have the legitimate power to ban medical marijuana? Volokh.com. Dec. 10, 2012.
The U.S. is Right to be Skeptical. Kopel featured in the NY Times Room for Debate series on the question, "Have treaties gone out of style?" New York Times. Dec. 6, 2012.
We all do extol Thee, Thou leader in Battle. The origins of the Thanksgiving hymn "We Gather Together." Nov. 21, 2012.
First item of new post-election "flexibility": U.N. gun control. Volokh.com. Nov. 7, 2012.
Second Amendment results, final. Volokh.com. Nov. 7, 2012.
Second Amendment election results. Volokh.com. Nov. 6, 2012.
Failure: Why we need it. Volokh.com. Oct. 30, 2012.
Under the Gun. A Second Amendment look at the elections. National Review Online. Oct. 29, 2012.
Here's What Could Happen If You Don't Defeat Obama! Who knows what Obama has in store for America if he is elected to a second term, but if we take him at his word, it is not good for gun owners. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2012.
How Syria is Iran's Route to the Sea. Volokh.com. Oct. 24, 2012.
Louisiana amendment to strengthen right to arms, on November ballot. Volokh.com. Oct. 3, 2012.
Does the Supremacy Clause mean that the federal government always wins? Volokh.com. Oct. 2, 2012.
Before the Smoke Had Even Cleared. Mass murder at a Colorado movie theater became the rallying cry for more gun control. America's 1st Freedom. Oct. 2012.
China’s Newest Exports. One of the biggest human rights violators on the planet publishes nonsense about our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2012.
Taking Aim. Adaptation of Kopel's speech at the 10th annual Independence Institute's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Party. LibertyUnbound.com. August 30, 2012.
“Beer + Pizza = Success.” The key formula for law students. Volokh.com. Aug. 19, 2012.
China’s Newest Exports. One of the biggest human rights violators on the planet publishes nonsense about our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2012.
Should Congress revise our nation's gun laws? No. State gun laws do the job. Denver Post. July 29, 2012.
Colorado Consensus on Gun Laws. Broadly supported post-Columbine reforms balance gun rights and gun control. National Review Online. July 26, 2012.
Chief Justice Roberts and the window tax. Volokh.com. July 9, 2012.
The Bar Review version of NFIB v. Sebelius. Scotusblog. July 6, 2012.
Poof! Obama administration aims to gut the armed pilots program. America's 1st Freedom. July 2012.
$2 Billion They'll Never See Again. Canada repeals long gun registration. America's 1st Freedom. July 2012.
Andrew Jackson shows what we need to do next. National Review Online, June 29, 2012.
Next step: Repeal the individual mandate because it is unconstitutional. Volokh.com. June 29, 2012.
Major limits on the Congress’s powers, in an opinion worthy of John Marshall. Scotusblog. June 28, 2012.
OSHA Targets Shooting Range. Volokh.com. June 23, 2012.
Georgia-Pacific West v NEDC: a good case for certiorari. Misuse of the Clean Water Act to shut down logging roads. Volokh.com. June 20, 2012. (Note: Cert. was granted the next day.)
Gaylord-style corporate welfare is unconstitutional. Denver Post. June 16, 2012. With Fred Holden.
Public opinion about the National Rifle Association. Volokh.com. June 2, 2012.
Bloomberg's X-ray. NYC develops gun detectors to conduct secret warrantless searches. America's 1st Freedom. May 2012.
Calderon misfires on U.S. gun control. Mexican president scatters blame far and wide for ‘Fast and Furious’ mistakes. Washington Times. April 12, 2012.
Canada Abolishes Long Gun Registry. Volokh.com. Apr. 5, 2012.
President Obama versus the Constitution. Obama attacks judicial review, says that it would be "unprecedented" for Court to rule against a congressional statute. Volokh.com, Apr. 3, 2012.
Debunking the 'stand your ground' myth. Anti-gun advocates mislead on Trayvon case to erode right to self-defense. Washington Times, Apr. 2, 2012.
Nearing the end of the search for the non-existent limiting principles. If Obamacare is constitutional, the government can make you buy anything. Volokh.com. March 29, 2012.
Obamacare Gives Government Unlimited Power, Violates Constitution. PolicyMic. Mar. 28, 2012.
Florida's Self-Defense Laws. Explains why the "Stand your ground" and "Castle Doctrine" laws are irrelevant to the Martin/Zimmerman case. Volokh Conspiracy. Mar. 27, 2012.
The AR-15 And The Second Amendment: No Respect. It’s the best-selling type of rifle in America today, yet the gun prohibition lobbies want to make it a crime for you to own one. America's 1st Freedom. April 2012.
Who Rules Who? On what the Scottish people are really voting for. The Scottish independence referendum. Holyrood. Mar. 11, 2012.
Holder Must Go. Attorney General Eric Holder's lies and half-truths in the "Fast and Furious" aftermath are nothing new. A look at the past shows a long history of dishonesty and disdain for the truth and the law. America's 1st Freedom. Mar. 2012.
Hiding Behind State's Rights. Anti-gunners are hiding behind the flase claim that right-to-carry reciprocity violates states' rights. America's 1st Freedom. Mar. 2012.
The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate. Legal Workshop. Feb. 6, 2012. With Gary S. Lawson.
Against All Odds. The defeat of the handgun confiscation initiative in Massachusetts in 1976. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2012.
Scary Tales About Kids and Guns. Fatal firearms accidents among children are at an all-time low, even as the per-capita gun supply rises. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2012.
Why you should be furious about Fast & Furious. A detailed timeline of BATFE's program that supplied over 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2012.
Will gun owners get caught sleeping? Polling data from the past half-century show tremendous progress in public support for Second Amendment rights. But those gains could be reversed if Second Amendment supporters become apathetic. America's 1st Freedom. Dec. 2011.
Laws about gun ownership in early America. Volokh.com. Dec. 9, 2011.
The original meaning of the 14th Amendment regarding interracial marriage. Volokh.com. Dec. 5, 2011.
Supreme Court: “Obviously, direct control of medical practice in the states is beyond the power of the federal government.” Volokh.com. Dec. 1, 2011.
Defense bill will allow President to indefinitely detain American citizens. Volokh.com. Nov. 30, 2011.
60s sitcom themes: The hidden alien. The strange family that doesn’t know it is strange. Volokh.com. Nov. 23, 2011.
Why Yankee Doodle called it “macaroni”. Volokh.com. Nov. 19, 2011.
Book review, “Election 2012: The Battle Begins.” Volokh.com. Nov. 11, 2011.
Is Heller Hollow? Explains the court battle over 2d Amendment standard of review. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2011.
Mexico Comes Knocking. A seemingly ridiculous plan by the Mexican government to sue u.s. gunmakers for drug-cartel violence south of the border could spell doom for America’s firearm industry. America's 1st Freedom. Oct. 2011.
President: “I do not believe in the Divinity of Christ.” Volokh.com. Oct. 8, 2011.
What Should the Supreme Court do with the Obamacare Case? Scotusblog. Oct. 3, 2011.
Cooking up a Collective Right: How a mythical monster nearly swallowed the Second Amendment whole. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2011.
Who wants to provoke a constitutional crisis over abortion? Three of five Republican candidates at S.C. forum promise to defy the Supreme Court. Volokh Conspiracy. Sept. 5, 2011.
Could President Perry carry a gun? Definitely yes, since D.C.'s gun laws allowing carrying by any federal employee who is authorized to do so. Volokh Conspiracy. Aug 19, 2011.
Reagan’s infamous speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Despite what the media told you, it was not a racist speech. Volokh Conspiracy. Aug. 16, 2011.
Rifle Golf: America’s newest shooting sport. Volokh Conspiracy. Aug. 5, 2011.
Granting certiorari to an ACA challenge. Scotusblog. Aug. 2, 2011.
Comedy of Errors at Univ. of Colorado not very funny. Volokh Conspiracy. Aug. 2, 2011.
Cert. grant in Millender v. LA: Qualified immunity for an unconstitutional general warrant to seize firearms? Volokh Conspiracy. July 20, 2011.
Ezell’s doctrinal rules for the Second Amendment. Volokh Conspiracy. July 8, 2011.
Suggestions for your periodical reading list. Volokh.com. June 29, 2011.
Brown v. EMA casts doubt on the “weapons effect” justification for gun control. Volokh.com. June 27, 2011.
Delta Airlines complicit in Saudi discrimination? Volokh.com. June 23, 2011.
Affordable Care Act pushes limits of constitutionality. Explains the four major Obamacare cases currently before the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Solutions (Colorado news site on health care issues). June 21, 2011.
Republican presidential candidates pledge to appoint judges to overturn the unconstitutional anti-abortion law they will sign. Candidates pledge to appoint judges who will adhere to the original meaning of the Constitution, but they promise to sign a federal law using the "interstate commerce" power to control what doctors tell abortion patients. Volokh Conspiracy. June 18, 2011.
Unraveling Heller. Though District of Columbia v. Heller is part of the fabric of our Constitution, some lower court judges are finding ways to pick it apart. America's 1st Freedom, June 2011.
Numbers from Nowhere. Conjuring facts to promote a global gun ban. The claim of 740,000 annual deaths from arms. America's 1st Freedom, May 2011.
Amendment II of the United States Constitution. Explains the key elements of the drafting, original meaning, and development of the right to arms. Constituting America, May 20, 2011.
Second Circuit reverses Judge Weinstein’s order against firearms stores. Concurrence harshly rebukes him. Volokh.com. May 18, 2011.
Cert. Petition in Right to Carry Case. Volokh.com. April 22, 2011.
The Libyan intervention is not wholly legal. The Daily Caller. April 18, 2011.
Harold Volkmer, R.I.P. A tribute to the great Missouri Democrat who led the way to enactment of the Firearms Owner's Protection Acts, one of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation in the history of Congress. The Volokh Conspiracy. April 18, 2011.
Federal activities allowed in case of a government shutdown. Volokh.com. April 8, 2011.
The "San Francisco Democrats" meme. Debunking the notion that Jeanne Kirkpatrick's 1984 foreign policy speech to the Republican National Convention was anti-gay. The Volokh Conspiracy. April 4, 2011.
Health insurance is not 'commerce'. A single erroneous Supreme Court precedent from 1944, South-Eastern Underwriters, should be overturned. National Law Journal. March 28, 2011. With Rob Natelson.
Ireland on the Brink. A decades-long battle for firearm freedom could soon end in the worst way possible for Irish gun owners. America's 1st Freedom. April 2011.
University of Colorado Opera’s “Susannah.” Volokh.com. March 18, 2011.
Tyrannical “governments” are not genuine governments. Volokh.com. March 18, 2011.
Why Obamacare mandate penalty can't be a tax. Orange County Register. March 4, 2011.
The Dark Secret of Jim Crow and the Racist Roots of Gun Control. How Jim Crow laws in the late 19th century created the foundation for modern anti-gun laws. America's 1st Freedom. March 2011.
Smearing Madison. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, in his zeal to reverse Heller and McDonald, misrepresents the Father of our Constitution. America's 1st Freedom. March 2011.
The Compact Clause vs. the Multistate Tobacco Cartel. Volokh.com. February 16, 2011.
Ronald Reagan’s “Extremism” and the 1966 California Gubernatorial Election. Encyclopedia Britannica blog. Feb. 4, 2011.
The Plan to Get the Lead Out. Interest groups are now targeting lead ammunition through the federal court system. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2011.
A Chance to Fight Back. Does gun carrying thwart assassins and mass killers? Theodore & Eleanor Roosevelt thought so. New York Times, "Room for Debate." Jan. 11, 2011.
How to Pick a Fight. The NRA's strategy in Peruta v. California, challening the San Diego sheriff's refusal to issue CCW permits. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2011.
It's Howdy Bloomy Time. Biased media coverage of a report about Mexican guns from Michael Bloomberg's gun control lobby. America's 1st Freedom. Dec. 2010.
Final score on 2d Amendment in the November elections. Volokh.com. December 10, 2010.
UNICEF harms children. Volokh.com. December 6, 2010.
Twisting the Truth. A study from the Lawyers' Committee Against Violence says that gun control works, but the study does not hold up under careful scrutiny. America's 1st Freedom. Nov. 2010.
The Second Amendment's Great Election night. Washington Examiner. Nov. 4, 2010.
FBI hate-crime stats in Mayor Hickenlooper’s Denver. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Nov. 1, 2010.
"Ronald Reagan, Extremist Collaborator." Reagan's 1966 run for Governor of California, and how Democrats tried to label the first-time candidate as an "extremist." The New Ledger. Oct. 28, 2010.
Reefer Madness and the Prohibition of Marijuana in the United States. Encyclopćdia Britannica blog. Oct. 26, 2010.
Media drove the Maes bike story, but parked for Hickenlooper. Media ignore mayor's desire to "wean" Coloradoans off automobiles. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 25, 2010.
Gun Rights and the 2010 House Elections. The New Ledger. Oct. 22, 2010.
Obamacare's Destiny: The Supreme Court. Analysis of the federal district court decision refusing to dismiss the 20-state suit. The New Ledger. Oct. 20, 2010.
Advice for law students: Enjoy your University. Volokh.com. October 18, 2010.
Time.com corrects report on Betsy Markey’s health-care vote. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 18, 2010.
A small correction for Sandefur. On the substantive due process Supreme Court doctrine. Volokh.com. October 17, 2010.
Denver Post erred in covering reckless charges against U.S. Chamber. When partisans make felony accusations with no evidence, newspapers should not give the charges credence. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 16, 2010.
The Obamacare mandate is unconstitutional. Discussing the granting of the motion to dismiss in Thomas More Law Center v. Obama (Fed. Dist. Ct., Michigan). The Daily Caller. Oct. 8, 2010.
NRA Supports Pro-Gun Democrats, and Many Democrats Support the Second Amendment. Volokh.com. October 8, 2010.
Ad targeting Buck misfires. Misleading claims about Buck's role in standing up against political persecution of a firearms dealer. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 7, 2010.
s Remember the imaginary “National Republican Association”? Volokh.com. October 6, 2010.
Bloomberg, Bennet and gun control. Bennet cosponsors the billionaire mayor's anti-gun law. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 4, 2010.
Which pollsters are most accurate? When reporting on polls, media should consider 538's data about pollster accuracy. WhoSaidYouSaid.com, Oct. 2, 2010.
Stephen Halbrook: Securing Civil Rights. Kopel interviews Halbrook about Halbrook's career, and his new book on the 14th Amendment. America's 1st Freedom, Oct. 2010.
Feeling Blue. The Obama administration's support for gun control initiatives at U.N. conferences in the summer of 2010. America's 1st Freedom, Oct. 2010.
Gun Rights and the 2010 Senate Elections. The New Ledger. Sept. 27, 2010.
An alternative approach to footnote *. Volokh.com. September 7, 2010.
Obama is too a Christian. Volokh.com. September 1, 2010.
Some skepticism about “UnemployedJD”. Volokh.com. August 24, 2010.
Stop Criticizing President Obama for Playing Golf. Volokh.com. August 23, 2010.
ACORN decision explained. Bill of Attainder doctrine. Volokh.com. August 13, 2010.
The Mark of “C”. While Anti-Gunners in Congress Hail Him as the New Zorro, President Calderón Takes a Swipe at American Gun Rights. America's 1st Freedom. August 2010.
Human Events’ ridiculous “Obama the Muslim” article. Volokh.com. July 29, 2010.
Understanding Inception. Volokh.com. July 27, 2010.
As the U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty Process Begins, U.N.’s “Programme of Action” on Small Arms Shows Its Dangers. Heritage Foundation WebMemo #2969, July 20, 2010. With Theodore Bromund.
Will Gun Shows Become Extinct? Anti-gun billionaires Michael Bloomberg and George Soros aim to take a huge bite out of the Second Amendment. America's 1st Freedom. July 2010.
Federalist 46. "The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared," by James Madison. Kopel examines how well Madison's expectations turned out in practice, and Madison's praise for the American "advantage of being armed." Constituting America, June 30, 2010.
Written testimony on Elena Kagan nomination. Co-authored with Stephen Halbrook.
Sotomayor targets guns now. Justice's dissent contradicts confirmation testimony. Washington Times, June 29, 2010.
Does Kindle change everything? Volokh.com. June 24, 2010.
Trimming Citizens. Efforts to restrict the free speech rights which had been protected in the Citizens United case. America's 1st Freedom, June 2010.
Dave Kopel: Aiming for Liberty. Article about Kopel and his new book. America's 1st Freedom, June 2010.
NRA Convention report. Volokh.com. May 17, 2010.
Bringing a case against Arizona before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Volokh.com. May 27, 2010.
How President Obama is bringing real education reform to Colorado. Volokh.com. May 12, 2010.
NRA Makes its Case. The oral argument in McDonald v. Chicago. America's 1st Freedom, May 2010.
Bloomberg's aggressive stance against guns. Denver Post, April 24, 2010. The Bloomberg "gun show" bill is mostly about issues other than background checks at gun shows.
Big First Amendment win in United States v. Stevens. Volokh.com. April 20, 2010.
The Democratic Strategist misdescribes some legal issues. Volokh.com. April 13, 2010.
An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen. No precedent for Obamacare. Volokh.com. April 2, 2010.
Destroying the Constitution’s Structure is not Constitutional. Obamacare. Volokh.com. April 2, 2010.
Pretending that no law professors question Obamacare. Volokh.com. April 1, 2010.
Speech Freed! The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United restores the free speech of civil rights groups, such as the NRA. America's 1st Freedom. April 2010.
Is the tax power infinite? Volokh.com. March 22, 2010.
Is the Slaughter Solution constitutional? Volokh.com. March 13, 2010.
South Africa’s Deadly Disaster. The continuing saga of South Africa’s dwindling gun owners provides a case study of what gun-banners want to do in the United States. America's 1st Freedom. March 2010.
The Next Supreme Decision: Showdown Over Chicago. The NRA's brief in McDonald v. Chicago. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2010.
Europe’s Roe v. Wade? Volokh.com. February 22, 2010.
The story of the armed community organizers. The civil rights movement. Volokh.com. February 22, 2010.
“Birther” claim about Obama and the Bush National Guard hoax: Fruit of the same poisonous tree? Volokh.com. February 9, 2010.
Interpol Realism. Volokh.com. January 15, 2010.
How Your Tax Dollars Demonize Your Guns. Federal funding for a new study purporting to show that gun owners are more likely to be murdered. America’s 1st Freedom. Jan. 2010.
What's that Smell? Nearly everyone has heard of the corruption-plagued organization ACORN. Yet many gun owners are unaware of the organization’s strong anti-gun activities and ties. America's 1st Freedom, Dec. 2009.
Commentary on the Talmud and self-defense. Sh'ma (magazine on Jewish ethics). Nov. 2009, page 16.
OSHEESH! How President Obama’s latest anti-gun appointee—proposed OSHA Director David Michaels—could place sweeping restrictions on your Right to Keep and Bear Arms. America's 1st Freedom. November 2009.
Newsweek promotes Palin for President. Volokh.com. November 14, 2009.
From Bad To Worse. Book reviews of Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy by Dennis A. Henigan & Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea by Joshua Horwitz & Casey Anderson. America's 1st Freedom. October 2009.
Fat acceptance in NJ Governor Race. Volokh.com. October 29, 2009.
Too fat to be Governor? Volokh.com. October 13, 2009.
Some Legislators Do Read Every Bill before Voting. Volokh.com. September 23, 2009.
Will the Supreme Court Set Speech Free? The Supreme Court, censorship of political speech, and the case of Citizens United v. FEC. America's 1st Freedom. America's 1st Freedom. September 2009.
What's the Difference between a "Living Constitution" and a Dead Document? The "living Constitution" theory of interpretation should lead to strong protection for a vital Second Amendment. America's 1st Freedom. September 2009.
The OAS Treaty: Blueprint for Dismantling the Second Amendment. Administration support for a dangerous international treaty shows its disdain for the Constitution and America’s law-abiding gun owners. America's 1st Freedom. August 2009.
What good is an individual right if your state won't enforce it? Analysis of the 7th Circuit's decision holding that the Second Amendment does not limit state or local governments. America's 1st Freedom. August 2009.
Two Gentlemen of Verona, at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Volokh.com. July 20, 2009.
The Guns of Sudan. Gun confiscation in South Sudan makes a bad situation for human rights even worse. The New Ledger. July 7, 2009. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
The liberal argument for gun ownership. Boulder Weekly. July 2-8, 2009.
Bloody Pirates! How can a few thugs disrupt the entire shipping industry? It's simple when the good guys have water hoses and air horns for self-defense, and only the bad guys have guns. America's 1st Freedom. July 2009.
Koh, No! President Barack Obama continues to fill his administration with devout gun-ban advocates, this time appointing transnationalist Harold Koh as legal adviser to the Department of State. America's 1st Freedom. July 2009.
The State of Heller. Does the Second Amendment apply to state and local governments? Ongoing cases may soon give the Supreme Court an opportunity to issue a definitive decision on this very important question. Discussion of the 9th Circuit's new decision in Nordyke v. King, plus other cases involving incorporation. America's 1st Freedom. June 2009. PDF.
Guns in Parks: The Hoplophobes’ Travel Guide to the United States. The New Ledger. May 29, 2009.
Respecting States’ Wishes. Short essay on the new law allowing guns in National Parks. New York Times, "Room for Debate" on-line feature. May 22, 2009.
The Pieces Fall into Place. With Gil Kerlikowske, President Obama continues the trend of appointing gun-haters to important positions in his administration. America's 1st Freedom, May 2009.
Education at the Extremez, America’s 1st Freedom, Apr. 2009. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Reason Magazine goes too far. Comparing Obama's 1st 100 days to Dippin' Dots ice cream. Volokh.com. April 29, 2009.
Gun Rights and the Constitution: Was Heller Insignificant? An examination of last week's New York Times article, which overlooked most of the Second Amendment victories which have flowed from Heller. The New Ledger. March 26, 2009.
The Whole World is Watching. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's potential effect on Second Amendment rights. America's 1st Freedom. March 2009. PDF.
We'll lose more than a paper. Farewell to the Rocky Mountain News. Final edition of the Rocky Mountain News. Feb. 27, 2009.
Stick to Your Guns, Senator. Giving in to the anti-gun lobby will not help Kirsten Gillibrand stay in office. National Review Online. Feb. 24, 2009.
La Voz best of the bunch. Examination of seven Spanish language newspapers published in the Denver are. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Feb. 21, 2009.
Dying newspapers, vanishing coverage. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Feb. 7, 2009.
Strike Two! Attorney General Eric Holder and the Second Amendment. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2009.
The Sword & the Tome. Some quotes about self-defense and the right to arms, from the ancient Hebrews up to the present. America's 1st Freedom. Feb. 2009. PDF.
Rocky, Post go all out for inaugural. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Jan. 24, 2009.
ProPublica's shaky facts. Article on hydraulic fracturing in natural gas extraction is full of errors. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Jan. 10, 2009. Follow-up: My response to ProPublica's defense of its article.
Gun Control. Issue 24 of the "Change in Command" series, explaining how Americans view the impending inauguration of President Obama. January 2009.
Beware the Rahm. After pledging his support for the Second Amendment during the campaign, President-elect Barack Obama appoints devout gun-ban supporter Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2009.
Opinion Pays its Own Way. Economic changes at newspaper may lead to more "news" articles which are really opinion pieces that are provided for free to the newspaper. The non-profit organization ProPublica is showing how to do this. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Dec. 27, 2008.
Web, not bias, offing papers. Craigslist and declining literacy are why newspapers are in mortal peril. Ideological bias is a real problem, but not main threat to survival. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Dec. 13, 2008.
Free Plaxico Burress. New York City's gun law is unconstitutional. Wall Street Journal. Dec. 4, 2008.
Poison Pill. When banning guns gets tough, finding ways to ban gun owners can accomplish the same end. Take Nassau County, N.Y., for example. America's 1st Freedom. Dec. 2008.
The media-violence link. New Dutch study suggests newspapers, TV wise to show discretion. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Nov. 29, 2008.
Evaluating Rocky, Post pre-election polling. The papers were right on the President and Senate race, but wrong on almost all the ballot issues. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Nov. 15, 2008.
Election chaos online. The Denver Post's online ballot tool is imperfect, but much than that of the News. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Nov. 1, 2008.
Obama and McCain: Stark contrast on gun rights. Denver Post. Nov. 3, 2008.
Gunning for Victory. Second Amendment voter guide. National Review Online. October 30, 2008.
Columnist has his own paranoid style. Rocky Mountain News columnist (and University of Colorado law professor) Paul Campos used the famous essay, "The Paranoid Style in American Politics", by historian Richard Hofstadter as the template for a column criticizing Republicans. Kopel's column suggests that--at least based on the evidence within Campos's column--"the paranoid style" was more accurate as a description of Campos's own approach. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Oct. 18, 2008.
CAIR's complaints about DVD hollow. Fringe group not worth notice media gives it. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Oct. 4, 2008. The media should not have wasted space covering the Council on American-Islamic Relations' bogus complaints about the movie Obsession, which warns of the dangers of radical violent Islamists.
When Obama Wrestles with Heller. Barack Obama is a tremendous threat to the Heller decision. He has an extreme anti-gun record. The persons being named as his potential Supreme Court and Cabinet nominees have established records of anti-rights activism. America's 1st Freedom. October 2008.
FactCheck Flubs Obama Gun Fact Check. The NRA's claims about Obama's anti-gun views are supported by his voting record. The Volokh Conspiracy weblog. Sept. 23, 2008.
Post's bloggers beat Rocky's tweeters. Twitter's limitations a detriment to reporting. Also, the News Truth Patrol gets mixed up by the Bush doctrine, and RockyTalk Live overstates Palin's popularity. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Sept. 20, 2008.
Is the Best Defense a Good Book? Part II. The Old Testament and Self-defense. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2008.
Media's hypocritical fixation on Palin a boon to McCain. Culture wars now a factor in campaign. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. Sept. 6, 2008.
The Calvinist Connection. Liberty. October 2008. The roots of liberty go deep. They reach to places where modern libertarians might never expect to find them.
Was MLK a Republican or not? Rocky Mountain News. Aug. 29, 2008. Also, the specialized press at the Democratic National Convention, and under-coverage of Obama's ground game advantage.
Text and Twitter your way to victory. Rocky Mountain News. Aug. 28, 2008. Obama's brilliant use of social networking.
Full Picture of Obama Emerging. Rocky Mountain News. Aug. 27, 2008. What the media hasn't told you about the socialist, racialist, Barack Obama Sr. Plus bogus claim from Time that older Jewish. voters who don't back Obama must be racist.
Interfaith Speakers Raise Questions. Rocky Mountain News. Aug. 26, 2008. Sister Helen Prejean and the head of the Islamic Society of North America.
Al-Jazeera analysis of Biden severely flawed. Rocky Mountain News. Aug. 25, 2008. Also covers "rum, Romanism, and rebellion."
In its obsession with Polis, Times misses other news. Newspaper blinded by gay candidate's success. Rocky Mountain News. August 23, 2008.
Political websites for the insatiable. A survey of some of Colorado's best political websites. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. August 9, 2008.
What Next for D.C.'s Gun Laws. Congress should intervene to protect the Second Amendment. Wall Street Journal. August 8, 2008. With Robert A. Levy.
Freedom Unbound! In striking down the D.C. gun ban, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment protects an individual right of all Americans. America's 1st Freedom. Aug. 2008.
After Heller: The New American Debate on Guns. Weblog debate about the Heller case and its implications. Participants are Bob Levy of the Cato Institute, Kopel, Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign, and Erwin Chemerinsky. Kopel's entries are: "The Right to Bear Arms and 'Sensible' Gun Laws"; "Slope Still Slippery"; "More on 'The' and Pre-existing Rights"; "One Man's 'Sensible' is Another Man's 'Extreme'"; "What Did They Mean in Massachusetts?"; "The NRA and the Supreme Court"; and "In Scalia's Defense". Cato Unbound. July 2008.
Papers mishandle Bruce allegations. Now, they should name his accuser. Also McCain's dog-whistle in TV ad appeals to anti-Tancredo voters. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. July 26, 2008.
McCain protester coverage limited. Obama campaign's restrictions overlooked. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. July 12, 2008.
Heller's Kitchen. How the Heller decision may affect New York City gun laws. New York Sun. June 30, 2008.
The First Dominos Fall: Morton Grove and Wilmette Handgun Bans. The Volokh Conspiracy weblog. June 29, 2008.
Dailies' Haditha coverage admirable. More even-handed than national media. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. June 28, 2008.
Miller, Colt .45s and Natural Law. The Heller decision provides constitutional protection for what it recognizes as the natural right of self-defense. The decision also show DC's ban on all self-loading guns to be unconstitutional. Scotusblog, June 27, 2008.
Heller is just the beginning of expanding judicial protection of the right to arms. ReasonOnline, June 27, 2008.
Conservative Activists Key to DC Handgun Decision. Human Events. June 27, 2008.
Constitution is Big Winner in D.C. Gun Case. Kopel's analysis of the Heller decision. Pajamas Media. June 26, 2008.
Privacy concerns at Post. New database listing state employees names and salaries is a bad idea. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. June 14, 2008.
Ringside at the Supreme Court. Report on the Heller oral argument. America's 1st Freedom. June 2008. In PDF.
Dailies shrug off Libertarian confab. The American Spectator and The Colorado Independent provided the best coverage of the Libertarian Party presidential nominating convention in Denver. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. May 31, 2008.
At 'Westword,' the sh-- must go on. Substance too often makes way for scurrility. Plus, pets and the housing "crisis," credulous coverage over possible Denver-Tokyo non-stop flights. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. May 17, 2008.
Gun Owners for Hillary? Townhall.com, May 8, 2008.
Barr, Limbaugh go too far. Radio hosts talk of riots in Denver. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. May 3, 2008.
Regrettably, Rhodes returns to radio. Progressive shock jock less than thoughtful. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. April 19, 2008.
The Democrats and Gun Control. The Clinton and Obama records belie their claims to support the Second Amendment. Wall Street Journal. April 17, 2008.
Obama's Other Spiritual Mentor: Rev. Michael Pfleger. The man whom Obama described as one of his three spiritual mentors is a Farrakhan devotee who hates the Second Amendment. Volokh Conspiracy weblog. Apr. 8, 2008.
McCain preachers merit scrutiny, too. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post. April 5, 2008.
What are the anti's thinking? Analysis of the anti-Second Amendment amicus briefs in District of Columbia v. Heller. America's 1st Freedom. April 2008. PDF.
A Needed, but Inadequate, Critique of Antitrust and Reform Proposals. Book review of The Antitrust Religion by Edwin S. Rockefeller (Cato Institute, 2007). Info Tech & Telecom News (Heartland Institute). April 1, 2008.
Oral argument in DC v. Heller. The view from the counsel table. Volokh Conspiracy weblog. Mar. 31, 2008.
Do Rocky, Post give Dems a break? Analysis of two recent scandals says they do. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Mar. 22, 2008.
A (Really) Brief History of the Collective Right to Keep and Bear Arms. All of the Supreme Court's 19th century cases involving the Second Amendment recognize a broad right for all law-abiding citizens, not a "collective" or militia-only right. America's 1st Freedom. Mar. 2008. PDF.
Too often a crutch. Studies important enough to mention in a story should be cited. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Mar. 8, 2007. Analysis of Katy Human's flawed Denver Post article about what "studies have shown" about subsidized health insurance for children. And more general problems about use of "studies have shown" without citation to the studies.
Ready to shoot. The legal availability of handguns makes for a better-prepared police force and a safer citizenry. Baltimore Sun. Feb. 27, 2008. With Ed Nowicki.
Relying too heavily on press releases. Rocky failed to get the other side of issue. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 23, 2007. Miscoverage of the effect of man-made chemicals on human and animal reproduction. Also, another falsehood from Maureen Dowd, and Gannett's effort to take over the Colorado State University newspaper.
Polls have their place. Though sometimes off-base, they add spice to the political season. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 9, 2008.
RedBlueAmerica.com off to a promising start. Web site promotes understanding of both sides. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Jan. 26, 2008.
In Liberty's Two Arms. Both clauses of the Second Amendment protect gun rights. Legal Times, Jan. 14, 2008. Applying Justice Stephen Breyer's book "Active Liberty" to the Second Amendment. PDF. HTML.
Politics from the stump to the Web. A few tips for navigating the '08 campaign. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Jan. 12, 2008.
The Supreme Decision. Analysis of the D.C. v. Heller case. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2008. PDF.
We're from the Government, and We're Here to Help You. The Ugandan government perpetrates ethnocide against the Karamajong tribes, under the pretext of gun control. America's 1st Freedom. Jan. 2008. HTML.
Let news figures comment further
Let news figures comment further. Google News leads the way for local media. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Dec. 29, 2007.
Reducing the risk of copycat killers. How papers can avoid glorifying perpetrators. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Dec. 15, 2007.
Columnist's howl replaces reason. Virulent attack on Tancredo by Paul Campos unsupported. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Dec. 1, 2007. Note: this article briefly and favorably mentions a column about the Annapolis Conference; the author of that column was David Ignatius, not David Sirota.
UNRWA and Palestinian Suffering. The UN agency created in 1949 to help Palestinian refugees has deliberately prolonged their suffering. The Volokh Conspiracy. Nov. 29, 2007.
Court, capital and handgun. Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, TX). Nov. 19, 2007. A look at the DC handgun ban case, showing how unpopular handgun bans are in the U.S., from 1976 to the present.
Do endorsements by papers matter? Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Nov. 17, 2007.
Paltry Denver Access? For some Rockies fans, that's what PDA stood for during World Series. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Nov. 3, 2007. Also, increased CO2 emissions from inefficient E-85 fuel.
Tricked by UNICEF. Financing of Palestinian terrorism makes for one scary Halloween. National Review Online, Oct. 26, 2007.
Photo illustrating story clouds issue. Brown cloud not the result of CO2 emissions. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Oct. 6, 2007. Plus more global warming coverage, the Coors-Miller merger, the Udall-Schaffer race, and public opinion on the death penalty.
Genocide Resistance. The possession of arms saved many Armenians. National Review Online, Oct. 16, 2007. With Paul Gallant & Joanne D. Eisen.
The UN Needs another Member. Taiwan's application to join the UN. And the unfortunate silence of the U.S. State Department regarding the Secretary-General's illegal rejection of the application. Tech Central Station. Oct. 10, 2007. With Mike Krause.
Ron’s Revolution: Could Dr. Paul really surprise us all? National Review Online, Oct. 9, 2007.
Stories about slain 'shield' lacking. Media miscoverage of Rachel Corrie and her terrorist-assisting International Solidarity Movement. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Oct. 6, 2007.
It's how you use the space you have. Longer stories offer better chance for depth. Plus, corporate welfare for movie companies, coverage of ex-gays, and the Duke rape hoax. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Sept. 22, 2007.
Giving Competition a Bad Name. Google vs. Microsoft, and how the European Commission claims to be promoting competition when it moves customers from companies with small market shares to the one that already has three-fifths of the market. Tech Central Station. Sept. 18, 2007.
Interviews with a Muslim. One year after the Pope's controversial Regensberg speech, this article explains and analyzes the 14th-century Christian/Muslim debate from which the Pope quoted. The Volokh Conspiracy. Sept. 12, 2007.
New Post Web site uses Internet well. Weblogs best part of PoliticsWest.com. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Sept. 8, 2007.
European Commission Buys Google's Dubious Antitrust Pitch. Info Tech & Telecom News. Sept. 1, 2007.
A Capital Crime. The District of Columbia’s institutionalized history of incompetence, corruption and bigotry is the very reason for its prohibition of Second Amendment rights—and for its status as the murder capital of the United States. America's 1st Freedom. Sept. 2007. In PDF.
Surveillance tactic. Radio host Dan Caplis's plan to videotape patrons of a swingers club is a terrible idea. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Aug. 25, 2007.
A plus and a minus in the Post. Two stories about consequences of immigration reform hit and miss. Also, Kopel laments the continued shrinking of printed newspapers. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Aug. 11, 2007.
All's Well that Ends Well--Colorado Shakespeare Festival review. Aug. 7, 2007.
Ready to start learning Chinese? It’s easier than you might think. Asian Avenue magazine, August 2007.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--One Week Later. July 29, 2007, on "Your Show," Hosted by Adam Schrager. Channel 20 KTVD/ 9News, Denver. Video. Script.
Case against flying not so airtight. Debunks the claim that long-haul air travel produces more CO2 than driving the same distance in a SUV. The column also criticizes newspapers which published pre-publication reviews of the new Harry Potter book. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, July 28, 2007.
Newshounds.us keeps tabs on Fox News. Similar watchdogs good idea for other networks. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, July 14, 2007. Plus, Colorado's most influential political blogs, and the Post's non-correction of a ridiculous statement wrongly attributed to Colin Powell.
DC's Gun Ban, Round 2. Analysis of the D.C. Circuit Court's denial of the city's petition for rehearing en banc. America's First Freedom. June 2007. In PDF.
Media reaching out. And here are a few tips for how you can take advantage of the trend. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, June 30, 2007.
A-Rod's indiscretion has no place on front page. Denver dailies wisely shun lurid tale. Plus: media ignores success of new Colorado anti-illegal immigration law; theatre critics underplays spy threat during the 1950s; new Issue Paper on O'Reilly, Caplis & Silverman falsehoods about Boulder High. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, June 16, 2007.
Talk-show hosts amok. If most parents aren't upset, why do Caplis, Silverman carry on so? Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, June 2, 2007. Falsehoods and misinformation in the campaign against Boulder High School by Bill O'Reilly and the Caplis & Silverman Show.
What is Montessori? The Volokh Conspiracy, May 25, 2007.
On the hustings. The good and the bad of Rocky's, Post's campaign trail coverage. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, May 19, 2007. Plus the lie that Timothy McVeigh was a Christian.
Are you planning on visiting Taiwan? 4 Rules to Follow. Asian Avenue magazine, May 15, 2007.
"France will not abandon the women who are condemned to the burqa." Nicolas Sarkozy's first address to the French people takes the first step in France's return to its glorious history and identity as a defender of human rights. The Volokh Conspiracy. May 9, 2007.
Echoes of abortion fraud
Echoes of abortion fraud. Were 1967's legislators, like 2007's Rocky, duped by false figure? Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, May 5, 2007.
Why Reveal Who's Concealed?What possible motive could some arrogant anti-gun newspapers have for publishing the names of Right-to-Carry permit holders? America's 1st Freedom, May 2007. by Paul Gallant, with David B. Kopel and Joanne D. Eisen.
Is Gun Control Back? Did it ever Go Away? On-line debate between Dave Kopel and Christopher Lockwood, the U.S. editor of The Economist. Los Angeles Times, April 21-25, 2007. April 23: the Virginia Tech murders. April 24: the politics of gun control. April 25: international issues. April 26: myths about guns. April 27: Gun solutions. How would you change America's gun laws?
Airing, publishing killer's photos, rants reckless. Publicity a fresh inducement to mass murderers. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, April 21, 2007.
"Gun-Free Zones." Wall Street Journal, April 18, 2007. The murders at Virginia Tech University.
Romney, a Second Amendment Killer? Bill Richardson for president!? National Review Online, April 11, 2007.
Hits and misses for dailies as Tancredo enters race. Announcement coverage merely adequate. Also Diana Carman's bigotry about talk radio fans; misleading summary of academic research on taxi deregulation; false legitimacy for "female circumcision". Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, April 7, 2007.
Anti-Gun & Angry, Too. Another furious gun-banner jumps on the book publishing bandwagon. And as usual, the truth takes a beating. Book Review of One Nation Under Guns by Arnold Grossman. America's First Freedom. April 2007. PDF.
The Dalai Lama’s Army. A right to self-defense is recognized by the Dalai Lama — indeed, his predecessor tried to recruit an army. National Review Online, April 5, 2007.
To Your Tents, O Israel! The history of ancient kingdom of Israel, and how the people created a strong central government for national security, but then found that their own liberties were endangered by that government. And the lessons that the American colonists and Founders drew from Israel's experience. Liberty, April 2007. PDF.
Internet humming with Nacchio trial coverage. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Mar. 24, 2007.
Rearming. In a symposium on the Parker case declaring the D.C. handgun and self-defense ban unconstitutional, Kopel examines the future consequences of the decision. National Review Online, March 12, 2006.
Coulter and Campos: Two sides of the same coin. One's right, one's left, but both often too shrill. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Mar. 10, 2007.
A service to homebuyers. Though flawed, Post's cautionary tale valuable. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 24, 2007.
Guns Don't Kill People, Gun Control Kills People. Uganda terrorizes its own citizens under the auspices of a UN gun control mandate. Reason Online. Feb. 23, 2007. With Joanne D. Eisen & Paul Gallant. Espańol.
Ten on the Second. Ten great books (plus some bonus recommendations) on the right to arms. America's 1st Freedom, March 2007. PDF.
Climate report too quickly embraced by journalists: Post columnist, others strangely unskeptical. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Feb. 10, 2007. criticizes the press for its overly credulous reporting of the latest output from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The column also looks at media coverage of a bill to mandate HPV vaccines for 6th grade girls; the factoid that only 2% of rape accusations are false; and the lingering influence of Michael Bellesiles on "The Mini Page."
Is the Best Defense a Good Book? Refutes the claim of pacifist-aggressives that the New Testament mandates pacifism. America's 1st Freedom, February 2007. PDF.
Big changes mean a smaller Rocky. City-side columnists see a major shift in location. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Jan. 27, 2007. Plus columnist Bill Johnson's libel of the Swift executives, and the unnoticed evidence that the legislature's crackdown on illegal aliens is causing them to leave Colorado.
Daily stubbornly refuses correction. Review of Owens governorship included mischaracterization of ex-Rep. Schaffer. Rocky Mountain News/Denver Post, Jan. 13, 2007. Plus a survey of some of Colorado's best weblogs.
Cutting Through the Fog. The role that firearms, malaria, AIDS, and kleptocracy play in development failure. America's 1st Freedom, January 2007.