View Full Version : New Dave Kopel article: The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century—and its Lessons

05-31-2012, 3:31 PM
The Great Gun Control War of the 20th Century—and its Lessons for Gun Laws Today - download at SSRN, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2070925
In the post-Heller world, as in the post-Brown v. Board world, a key role of the courts will be to enforce federal constitutional rights against some local or state jurisdictions whose extreme laws make them outliers from the national consensus.

Only 55 pages - enjoy!

ETA - Just finished. Looks like he kind of ran out of gas when he got to Heller/McDonald, beginning at 48.

05-31-2012, 9:22 PM
That was worth reading. It was a good history of the major events in the gun control battle leading up to where we are today.


SoCal Bob
05-31-2012, 9:37 PM
Long and interesting read. I was surprised that Gura didn't get mentioned.

06-01-2012, 6:46 AM
Thank you for posting this.

Mulay El Raisuli
06-01-2012, 7:48 AM
Excellent stuff. Having my memories of the last 40 years of the fight refreshed helps a lot.

The Raisuli

06-01-2012, 4:59 PM
The posted article brought back so many memories ,some of which time has proven my actions wrong .
Case in point I was a supported the "No Compromise " Neal Knox tactic .

06-01-2012, 5:23 PM
Dave reads books in a week like Emeril goes through garlic.

06-01-2012, 8:22 PM
I wasn't able to download/read it on my iPad. I'm not sure what the issue is.

06-01-2012, 9:11 PM
I wasn't able to download/read it on my iPad. I'm not sure what the issue is.

Works fine on my iPad. Don't know what might be wrong. The link should take you to an abstract page then click on download and it will download a PDF.

06-03-2012, 12:28 PM
Having issues as well at the ssrn link on my iPad. I click the download link ad nausem and no PDF.

The URL changes however to:

Appending the URL upon itself...

06-03-2012, 1:36 PM
Thanks for posting Librarian. I happen to think there is a back story at the state legislature level that could be added. Like when Florida changed to shall issue and when Arizona went to constitutional carry. That's about all I can add.

06-03-2012, 1:49 PM
good read.

06-04-2012, 1:06 PM
Something that I have been thinking about a lot lately and something I want to ask those of you who are much more knowledgeable in the history of our law and Constitution. Was there as much resistance of the offending parties to other landmark SCOTUS decisions such as Brown vs Board of Education and Roe vs Wade? Seems to my understanding that abortion when from illegal in some states to "on demand" overnight and the Federal Government landed troops in Little Rock to face down the Arkansas National Guard over school integration. Why is it then that several years after Heller and a few years after McDonald, it is still "virtually impossible" to purchase a handgun in DC, Chicago, and New York City?

06-04-2012, 1:14 PM
Thanks Librarian!

Nick Justice
06-04-2012, 3:26 PM
My favorite part was how the Mass. handgun ban of 1976 got totally squished!:hurray:

06-04-2012, 3:41 PM
Oh man, was there. In VA some public school districts dissolved themselves rather than desegregate. Just to put down two data points Brown was decided in 1954 and the U of AL wasn't desegregated in 1963.

Here's a VERY summary outline of events

You could spend a long time reading up on this stuff. It's informative to our cause.