David B. Kopel

David B. Kopel is author of The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies? which was named Book of the Year by the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology.

Latest by David B. Kopel in Chronicles

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  • October 2003

    Who Needs Guns?

    Australia has something under 20 million people living on a continent as large as the continental United States. It is known as a place where an overseas visitor might, in some regions at least, find a frontier atmosphere.

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  • July 2003

    Targeting Liberties

    Imagine Time had not named FBI whistleblower Colleen Rowley a “person of the year” but gave the award to the FBI bureaucrats who obstructed Crowley’s investigation of Arab terrorists.

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  • February 2002

    Speak No Evil

    On January 11, 2001, 40-year-old Terence Hunter was arrested by the New York Police Department for writing a letter to Staten Island borough president Guy Molinari, criticizing him for closing a community center in a black neighborhood.

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  • December 2001

    Gianni, Get Your Gun

    One of the most important reasons for the sweeping victory of Silvio Berlusconi and his House of Liberty in the recent Italian election was concern for public safety, which ranks as the number-one issue on the minds of voters, according to some polls.

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  • November 2000

    Our Presidents in Song

    Bill Clinton and George Bush, Sr., share something: They are the only presidents since George Washington who were elected without having a campaign song written for them.

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  • September 2000

    Gore's Double Standard on Firearms

    Speaking in Atlanta this May, Al Gore joined the National Rifle Association and numerous police unions in supporting federal legislation to override state laws regulating the concealed carrying of handguns.

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  • August 2000

    Refusing to Do Something New

    The Supreme Court attracts the most attention when it does something new, or does something so old that it seems new.

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  • A Collaborative Effort
    July 2000

    A Collaborative Effort

    Before the War Between the States, the Battle of New Orleans was celebrated nearly on a par with Independence Day, each anniversary commemorating the triumph of American liberty over the British monarchy.

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  • Terms of Revilement
    February 2000

    Terms of Revilement

    Making a Killing, which may be the most influential anti-gun book ever written, could not have been better timed to the current wave of lawsuits against gun companies, since many of the legal claims closely resemble the charges that Tom Diaz makes against the gun industry.

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  • February 2000

    The Founders' Reading of Ancient History

    Why is the Second Amendment under such constant attack? One important reason is the depressing historical ignorance of most Americans, particularly of classical history.

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  • Damn Lies—or Statistics
    December 1999

    Damn Lies—or Statistics

    The most important book ever published about firearms policy is John Lott's superb "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws". No other firearms book has reshaped the political debate so profoundly or its author been subjected to such a determined campaign of lies and libels.

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  • July 1999

    Arms and Thomas Jefferson

    The greatest enemy of government power in the early American republic was Thomas Jefferson. It is no wonder, then, that Jefferson has been so aggressively vilified by the partisans of political correctness.

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  • Welcome to Dodge City
    June 1999

    Welcome to Dodge City

    On the American frontier of previous centuries, the possession of a firearm was often a key to survival. In this regard, the frontier of 20th-century America, although different geographically, is very much like earlier frontiers.

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  • April 1999

    Disarming the Victims

    More guns, more murder? This central tenet of the anti-gun movement has found strong new support from the movement's intellectual superstar. University of California law professor Franklin Zimring.

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  • February 1999

    Remember Pearl Harbor

    Under the auspices of the United Nations, no nation is working harder to disarm American citizens than is Japan. With help from Canada and Colombia, Japan is the main engine pushing the United Nations to promote "small arms" controls which would obliterate the Second Amendment.

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  • November 1998

    Gun Sense and Sensibility

    When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated 30 years ago with a cheap imported handgun, I was among the many Americans who believed that America's "gun culture" was out of control.

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  • January 1998

    Burglary and the Armed Homestead

    Guns in the right hands make all good people safer—including people who don't own guns. The higher the number of responsible people who have guns ready to be used for selfdefense, the safer the public is.

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  • April 1996

    Does God Believe in Gun Control?

    "You are doing God's work," Brady Bill sponsor Charles Schumer remarked to Sarah Brady at a congressional hearing. And perhaps one could argue that if it took God seven days to make the world, people should not be able to buy a handgun in any less time.

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  • Child Abuse at Waco
    December 1995

    Child Abuse at Waco

    "For the sake of the children" has emerged as one of the most dangerous phrases in American politics.

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