Don Kates is one of the foremost litigators, criminologists and scholars on the Second Amendment and the fundamental right to self-defense and the individual right to keep and bear arms in the country. A renowned civil rights advocate, Professor Kates has been involved in practically every major case involving these issues for over 30 years. Professor Kates has also written extensively on these subjects, and has published numerous criminological reviews on gun control laws and their ineffectiveness in reducing violent crime.
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A few months ago I wrote the facts set out below on how much easier it is to buy guns in Germany, France, Italy etc. than here. Our problem is that gun laws are only obeyed by the law abiding -- who never commit serious gun crimes. Those crimes are committed by criminals who do NOT obey our laws:
It is asserted that European nations strictly control guns and so have far less murder than does America. In fact, however, the European nations most restrictive of guns genera [...]More
I'm much less effective than I might otherwise be because instinctively I distrust emotional argument and rely on evidence and reason. Which is to say, I am BORING. To me the conclusive argument runs as follows:
1. Every study of murder and of other violent felonies finds that 99+% of perpetrators have prior criminal records, though a few have records of involuntary mental commitment; and around 15% have no adult record because they are juveniles -- w/ extensive juvenile crime records.
Sixty years ago, when massacres were far and few between, so were gun laws. Juveniles could legally own firearms in virtually every state. Sixty years of ever-increasing guns laws, and criminological studies of them, have proven only that laws cannot stop criminals, fanatics or lunatics, or anyone else who really wants guns, from getting them. Germany has among the world's strictest gun laws, but German police regularly uncover illegal armories possessed by neo-Nazi youth groups.
Violence is [...]More
Lessons of the Anschluss
By Mario Loyola
Former counsel for foreign and defense policy
U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee
National Review Online
March 15, 2013
Seventy-five years ago this week, Austria and Nazi Germany became united in the Anschluss. Thus, with celebration in the streets, passed the last point in time when Britain and France could have prevented World War II.
The disastrous policy o [...]More
The great buildings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance took centuries to construct, e.g. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. This presented a major problem for the architects in that they kept dying before their masterpieces could be constructed.
This was the case as to the Florence Cathedral which was built w/o a roof. Perhaps the original architect had some idea of how to put a roof on the massive building but by the time to do so the Cathedral was huge and he was dead. No one then alive had any [...]More