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Wednesday, April 23, 2003  

Another friend of John Lott

Jim Henley of Unqualified Offerings has a really different take on a group I pan in part two of "The friends of John Lott." He likes Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.

In other gun news, I've made the links page of the very hardcore Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and couldn't be happier.

A sympathizer, Karen Selick, explains the reasoning behind JPFO.

An organization called Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. (which bills itself as "America's Aggressive Civil Rights Organization") has done extensive research on seven major twentieth century genocides.  JPFO concludes that gun control is a necessary, albeit not a sufficient, condition for genocide.  (JPFO defines genocide to include mass murder based on political views, not just racial or religious factors.)

. . .In all seven cases studied, gun control laws were in place before the genocide occurred.  In five cases, it was not the tyrannical government itself that had enacted gun controls, but a previous, "benevolent" regime, sometimes acting under the theory that such measures would reduce crime.

Henley is an advocate of the dubious position that the Second Amendment protects gun ownership by private citizens. He also believes the John Lott scandal has shown "the reliability of Lott's own scholarship." He doesn't get specific about that, which is a good idea.

Update: See correction here.

11:26 AM