Archive for July, 2012

How the Media Covered the Aurora Theater Shooting

Posted by on Jul 31 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC

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Arms Trade Treaty conference ends without agreement

Posted by on Jul 27 2012 | Genocide, Global Governance/World Government, guns, International Human Rights Law, International Law

The weeks-long conference at the United Nations to produce an Arms Trade Treaty is ending without the creation of a treaty. None of the draft treaties which have circulated in the past several days came remotely close to finding consensus support.

The impossibility of achieving consensus involved a wide variety of issues and nations, far beyond the Second Amendment concerns that have been raised by many American citizens.

The 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms remains in effect. Over the last two decades, a large gun control infrastructure has grown up in the United Nations, not only in the headquarters building, but also within many of the UN various commissions and departments. Likewise, there are a significant number of NGOs which have a strong commitment to global gun control, and to using international law and the UN to solve what they consider to be the problem of excessive gun ownership in the United States. The NGOs and their UN allies have successfully used the 2001 PoA to sharply restrict gun ownership in some parts of the world, and they would have used the ATT  for the same purpose. That they did not succeed in creating an ATT may be very disappointing to them; they are not going to go away, or relent in the pursuit of their objectives.

But in their pursuit, they are not going to have the new weapon of an ATT. This is good news for human rights worldwide, especially for the fundamental human right of self-defense against violent criminals, and against violent criminal tyrannical governments.

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Hick’s Steller Tax and Debt Record

Posted by on Jul 26 2012 | Government Largess, PPC, Taxes

The Washington DC based Tax Foundation called me the other day for a chat about Governor Hickenlooper’s fantastic record on passing tax and debt increases here in Colorado. Whether it was for light rail, schools, or jails, Hick has the magic touch when it comes to selling tax increases.

You can listen to the podcast here.

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Colorado Consensus on Gun Laws

Posted by on Jul 26 2012 | guns, Registration, Right to carry

In an article today for National Review Online, I detail how “Broadly supported post-Columbine reforms balance gun rights and gun control”:

After the Columbine High School murders, Colorado enacted eight specific gun-law reforms. Three of these reforms are examples of what people usually call “gun control,” and five of them are in the “gun rights” category. But to many Coloradoans, all eight of the measures are cohesive and consistent. They are all based on the same principles: Guns in the wrong hands are very dangerous, and guns in the right hands protect public safety. Colorado strengthened its laws to make it harder for the wrong people to acquire guns and simultaneously strengthened laws to remove obstacles to the use and carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens. As a whole, the laws embody a compromise that enjoys broad public support; they settled a gun-policy debate that had raged in Colorado for 15 years. The Colorado consensus has already saved lives.

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Dave Kopel on the Aurora Theater Shooting

Posted by on Jul 25 2012 | Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, guns, Kopelization, Media, PPC, Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution

When any tragic event erupts anywhere around the country involving a firearm, our Research Director and Second Amendment scholar Dave Kopel is in high demand for commentary. Below you’ll find the synopsis of Dave’s commentary on the Aurora theater shooting thus far. I’ll continue to update this page as more comes out.

Aurora Theater Shooting Coverage:

PBS News Hour.
July 23, 2012. Kopel appears at 4:04, at start of a 10 minute segment.

Colorado Inside-Out.

Patricia Calhoun, Mike Littwin, April Washington, and Kopel discuss the Aurora murders. July 20, 2012. 27 mins.

: more on the murders.

Don’t turn Aurora killer into celebrity
. USA Today.
July 19, 2012.

Kopel and Eugene Volokh quoted in New York Times, on Colorado gun laws.
July 20, 2012.

Brady Campaign staff and Kopel webchat on USA Today. July 19, 2012.

Size of ammunition cache not unusual, say gun experts.
By Joey Bunch. Denver Post. July 22, 2012.

Kopel and Piers Morgan agree: Thursday would have been the better day for a gun control debate. CNN. July 19, 2012. Transcript.

CNN Reliable Sources. Howard Kurtz bemoans “a troubling thing that television does,” namely the rush to “turn such an atrocity into ideological fodder while the victims are still being treated.” As an example, plays Morgan/Kopel interchange, with Morgan insisting a gun control debate must take place on the night of the crime. July 22, 2012. Transcript. Video.

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths.
By Max Fisher. The Atlantic. July 23, 2012. Discusses Kopel’s
article on Japanese gun control. (Spanish text of the article available here.) The article is an excerpt from a chapter in Kopel’s book The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? The book was named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology.

Public health leaders ‘afraid to say guns’. By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon and Diane Carman. Health Policy Solutions. July 24, 2012.

Tuerie d’Aurora: armes à feu à profusion. By Nicolas Bérubé. La Presse (Montreal). July 23, 2012.

Denver sörjer offren efter skjutningen. Swedish National Radio. July 22, 2012.

USA’s vapenlagar ohotade trots Denver-skytten
. Swedish National Radio. July 22, 2012.

NPR: Talk of the Nation, hosted by Neal Conan. July 25, 2012.

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An Entrepreneurial Devils Advocate

Posted by on Jul 24 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC

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Don’t turn Aurora killer into celebrity

Posted by on Jul 21 2012 | guns, Media

That’s the title of my article yesterday in USA Today, suggesting how the media can try to cover the crime in a way that does not increase the risk of a copycat effect.

Also on USA Today, I participated in a Web Chat with a pair of representatives of the Brady Campaign, available here.

A New York Times article today on Colorado gun laws quotes Eugene Volokh and me.

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Dave Kopel on Piers Morgan Tonight

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | guns, Kopelization, Media, PPC, Right to carry, Second Amendment, television

Catch Independence Institute research director Dave Kopel on CNN’s Piers Morgan Show tonight (7-8:00 PM Mountain Time) discussing the Aurora movie theater shooting.

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Entrepreneurs on Devils Advocate

Posted by on Jul 20 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), PPC

Have your own business? Thinking about taking that leap and create your own job? Then be sure and watch Devil’s Advocate public affairs TV tonight on Colorado Public Television 12 as Colorado entrepreneurs join me to tell the stories about how they created new opportunity, wealth, wages, and tax revenues. First, Bob Melvin sits down to discuss the business he founded, Colorado Pen Company. Then Maureen Schaffer swings by to describe what it took to build Coyote Gold Margaritas. That’s Friday night at 8:30 PM on Colorado Public Television 12. Re-broadcast Monday at 12:30 PM.

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VIDEO: ObamaCare Ruling, Waldo Canyon Wildfire

Posted by on Jul 16 2012 | Health Care, health control law, Idiot Box (TV Show), obama, obamacare, Originalism, PPC, U.S. Constitution

Here is our constitution scholar Rob Natelson explaining the ObamaCare Supreme Court ruling on my TV show:

Here is Colorado Springs Gazette editorial page editor Wayne Laugesen on the saga of the Waldo Canyon wildfire.

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