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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.

Postgame
: 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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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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VIDEO: Blogging and Media, Rabbit Cruelty

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC

I was asked to post the past two episodes of my TV show, so here they are. First up is investigative reporter Todd Shepherd and I discussing the current state of media and blogging in Colorado:

Then in the second part, we learn about rabbit cruelty. Still such a strange story:

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Catch Me on KHOW Radio ‘Till Mid-July

Posted by on Jun 27 2012 | Media, PPC

As if your drive home from work isn’t awful enough in this record breaking heat and traffic, I’ll be filling in on radio until July 16th. Tune in to 630 KHOW on the AM dial from 3:00 to 6:00pm and I’ll guarantee your favorite FM rock station will sound even better by comparison.

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The State of Media, Journalism and …Rabbit Cruelty???

Posted by on Jun 22 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC

Tune in to my public affairs TV show Devils Advocate tonight at 8:30pm on Colorado Public Television 12. First I am joined by investigative journalist and co-owner, co-editor of the highly popular news website Complete Colorado Todd Shepherd. We discuss the state of journalism in Colorado and the democratization of journalism thanks to the Internet and dying print media. Then I’m joined by Debe Bell and her attorney for a bizarre story of animal cruelty in Jefferson County. Turns out, raising rabbits in an agricultural setting is to some people, “cruel.” Tune in tonight to hear this crazy story.

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Fox 31, AP Reporters on Devil’s Advocate Television

Posted by on May 18 2012 | Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, Politics, PPC

Unleash your inner political geek tonight by tuning in to the Independence Institute’s public affairs tv show Devil’s Advocate as Fox 31 political reporter Eli Stokols and Associated Press reporter Kristen Wyatt join host Jon Caldara to survey the damage from the 2012 Colorado legislative session. That’s Friday nights on Colorado Public Television 12. Re-broadcast Mondays at 1:30PM.

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AUDIO: Me Guest Hosting Rosen This Morning

Posted by on May 01 2012 | Media, PPC, radio

This morning I found myself back on 850 KOA guest hosting the Mike Rosen show from 9am to noon. Thanks to the 850 KOA website, here are the audio files of the show in case you couldn’t catch it live this morning.

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VIDEO: Old Media, Sentencing Reform

Posted by on Apr 23 2012 | Drug Policy, Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC

Dusty Saunders on what it was like in the old newspaper and TV media:

Senator Shawn Mitchell on Colorado drug policy and sentencing reform:

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What Old Media Looked Like, Sen. Mitchell on Sentencing Reform

Posted by on Apr 20 2012 | Drug Policy, Idiot Box (TV Show), Media, PPC

Tune in on this lovely Friday evening to your favorite public affairs TV show – Devils Advocate – on Colorado Public Television channel 12 at 8:30pm. Tonight my guests are Dusty Saunders and Sen. Shawn Mitchell. First up, Dusty takes me back in time when the news media consisted of news print and 3 TV channels. We cover Dusty’s career in newspapers and TV, and chat about his new book, “Heeeeeere’s Dusty.” Then Sen. Shawn Mitchell sits down with me in what may become his swan song Caldara interview. Sen. Mitchell is term-limited after this session so we had to bring him on one last time as “senator.” Shawn makes the case for his drug sentencing reform bill, while addressing conservative concerns over law and order, fiscal responsibility, and drug culture. That’s tonight at 8:30, replayed Monday at 1:30pm.

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