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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... last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court seemed to signal that it might move back to requiring the defendant to prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence. In Commonwealth v. Mouzon (Pa. 2012), Chief Justice Castille’s majority opinion suggested that the 1975 Commonwealth v. Cropper decision, which shifted Pennsylvania to the “prosecution must disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt” rule, was mistaken.
Major Shift Coming in Pennsylvania Self-Defense Law?
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This morning FL Judge Alex Ferrer who frequently comments on legal issues gave a very unusually frank evaluation of the now ended case against GZ. Judge Ferrer flatly stated that the case should never have been brought; that the prosecution never had the evidence but brought the case only because of unjustified political pressure and in the vain hope that evidence would eventually appear; and that GZ he expects will probably bring a civil case for damages against the prosecuting local authoritie [...]More
[Caveat: Somewhere in the 19th Century there may have been a 9mm revolver some place in Europe. If so, I know nothing about it. What follows is the story of a revolver which European police adopted in the 1970s.]
The semi-automatic pistol became the popular, indeed, virtually the only, service handgun in European use from early in the 20th Century. Both military and police universally adopted it and they considered us and England hopelessly antiquated because our police stuck with revolvers. [...]More
In 2007 Canadian criminologist Gary Mauser and I published an article on int'l murder rates which compared the U.S. and Europe. Don B. Kates & Gary Mauser, "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide: A Review of International Evidence," 30 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 651-694 (2007).
Our conclusions were: 1) The murder and suicide rates of European nations that ban guns are three times higher than those of European nations that allow guns; 2) many western European nat [...]More
I am motivated to write this by a news item about survivors of the recent Mid-West tornadoes thanking God for sparing them. Yet if you really believe there is a God who caused the tornados, should you not be cursing Him (It?) on behalf of all those who died or were severely injured?
If you believe such crap, a far more rational response is the response of the medieval pope who reacted to the death of his beloved brother by running thru the Laternan Palace screaming curses at God.
What abou [...]More