Oct. 25: Arming America book author Michael Bellesiles Resigns
from Emory Faculty
25, 2002, Robert A. Paul, Interim Dean of Emory
College, "I have accepted the resignation of Michael Bellesiles
from his position as Professor of History at Emory University, effective
December 31, 2002."
Although we would not normally release
any of the materials connected with a case involving the investigation
of faculty misconduct in research, in light of the intense scholarly
interest in the matter I have decided, with the assent of Professor
Bellesiles as well as of the members of the Investigative Committee,
to make public the report of the Investigative Committee appointed by
me to evaluate the allegations made against Professor Bellesiles (none
of the supporting documents, however, are being made public). The text
of the report is now available online at http://www.emory.edu/central/NEWS/Releases/Final_Report.pdf."
Selected sections from the report:
The most egregious misrepresentation has to do with his handling of
the more than 900 cases reported by Alice Hanson Jones. When critics
pointed out that Jones’ data disagreed with his, Bellesiles
responded by explaining that he did NOT include Jones’s data
in his computations because her inventories, taken during the build-up
to the American revolution, showed a disproportionately high number
of guns! Here is a clear admission of misrepresentation, since the
label on column one in Table One clearly says "1765-1790."
If Professor Bellesiles silently excluded data from the years 1774-1776,
as he asserts, precisely because they failed to show low numbers of
guns, he has willingly misrepresented the evidence. This, compounded
with all the other inconsistencies in his description of his method
and sources and the fact that neither he nor anyone else has been
able to replicate any part of his data, suggest that there is a real
discrepancy between the research Professor Bellesiles did and his
presentation of that research in Table One.
In summary, we find on Questions 1 and 2, that despite serious failures
of and carelessness in the gathering and presentation of archival
records and the use of quantitative analysis, we cannot speak of intentional
fabrication or falsification. On Question 3, we find that the strained
character of Professor Bellesiles’ explanation raises questions
about his veracity with respect to his account of having consulted
probate records in San Francisco County. On Question 4, dealing with
the construction of the vital Table One, we find evidence of falsification.
And on Question 5, which raises the standard of professional historical
scholarship, we find that Professor Bellesiles falls short on all
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URGENT MESSAGE FROM SARAH BRADY
TO: BRADY CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER
FROM: SARAH BRADY
BRADY CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE
DATE: 24 OCTOBER 2002
RE: SNIPER SHOOTINGS IN NATION'S
CAPITAL; EMERGENCY LEGISLATION INTRODUCED
HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN THE KILLING OF TEN PEOPLE AND THE WOUNDING OF
THREE OTHERS IN MARYLAND, VIRGINIA AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THESE
COMMUNITIES, FOR THE LAST THREE WEEKS, HAVE LIVED IN FEAR -- CHILDREN
WERE "LOCKED DOWN" IN SCHOOLS, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WERE CANCELED,
PEOPLE WERE AFRAID TO PUMP GAS.
UNLESS YOU AND I ACT IMMEDIATELY, CONGRESS
WILL ONCE AGAIN DENY LAW ENFORCEMENT THE RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY IT
NEEDS TO CATCH KILLERS LIKE THE SUSPECTS IN THE DC AREA SNIPER CASE.
WHY? BECAUSE THE NRA DEMANDS IT -- AND
TOO MANY MEN AND WOMEN IN CONGRESS TAKE THEIR MARCHING ORDERS FROM THE
EVEN IF THE SUSPECTS ARRESTED THIS MORNING
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BUT THE NRA -- AND ITS ACCOMPLICES IN
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NATIONAL BALLISTICS DATABASE, WHICH MIGHT HAVE IDENTIFIED THE SNIPER
AFTER THE FIRST VICTIM WAS KILLED.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! I AM SICK AND TIRED
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AND ADMINISTRATION THAT SO SHOCKINGLY TOE THE NRA LINE -- EVEN OVER
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EVERY GUN LEAVES A UNIQUE "FINGERPRINT"
ON THE BULLETS IT FIRES. THIS NEW LEGISLATION WOULD CREATE A NATIONAL
BALLISTICS DATABASE TO KEEP A RECORD OF THE "FINGERPRINT"
OF EVERY GUN MANUFACTURED. POLICE WOULD BE ABLE TO MATCH THE BALLISTICS
EVIDENCE RECOVERED FROM A CRIME SCENE TO AN INDIVIDUAL GUN -- AND ITS
FOR YEARS, POLICE HAVE CALLED FOR THE
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THE SNIPER WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRACE THE MURDER WEAPON DAYS AGO
.. AND AT LEAST NINE LIVES MIGHT HAVE BEEN SAVED.
BUT, IGNORING THE PLEADINGS OF
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SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSED ALL OF OUR ATTEMPTS TO CREATE A NATIONAL BALLISTICS
AND IT IS ALREADY IN FULL ATTACK MODE
TO KILL THIS LATEST BILL.
THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!
THE NRA'S PARANOIA AND ITS CYNICAL DOMINATION
OF THE U.S. CONGRESS IS COSTING LIVES, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. AND THE PRESIDENT
IS DUTIFULLY SPOUTING THE NRA'S PARTY LINE. BEFORE THE 2000 ELECTIONS
A NRA OFFICIAL BRAGGED THAT THEY WOULD BE WORKING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE
IF BUSH WERE ELECTED -- HE WAS RIGHT.
IF, LIKE ME, YOU'VE HAD ENOUGH OF CONGRESS
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Supreme Court hears FFL License Case
Congress complicates debate on felon's gun license October 17, 2002,
Courts Justices are told the ATF, not judiciary, should decide such cases,
but Congress has tied the agency's hands.
By SHANNON McCAFFRE, Knight Ridder Newspapers
WASHINGTON – The Bush administration told
the Supreme Court on Wednesday that a federal agency, not the courts,
should decide whether convicted felons can own guns - even though Congress
has banned the government from acting on their applications.
Lower federal courts in Texas ruled that
Thomas Lamar Bean should have his license to own and sell guns reinstated.
His lawyer, Thomas Goldstein, urged the justices to uphold those decisions. At
stake is how the federal government handles appeals from felons seeking
to restore their gun licenses. Bean had a clean record until four
years ago when a night out in Mexico after a gun show in Laredo, Texas,
went spectacularly awry. Bean inadvertently crossed the border with 200
bullets in his car, which he says were left there by an assistant. He
was tossed into a Mexican jail for four months, convicted of smuggling
ammunition, which at the time was a felony in Mexico. He was eventually
returned to the United States under a treaty with Mexico.
U.S. law bans anyone with a felony conviction
from obtaining a gun license, even if the conviction wasn't on U.S. soil.
But until 1992 felons had been able to appeal to the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms. That year Congress, worried that felons were rearming
themselves and costing taxpayers some $3,700 per appeal, cut off funds
for the program. While the law permitting felons to appeal is still
on the books, Congress has said every year that no federal money can be
used to investigate their applications. When Bean wrote to the ATF
to get his license back, he was told the agency was unable to act on it
because of the funding ban. Federal courts traditionally have heard
appeals from those rejected by the ATF, so Bean filed suit in federal
district court. Arguing for the administration, Deputy Solicitor
General Edwin Kneedler said Wednesday that the court lacked jurisdiction
in the case because judicial review is allowed only when there had been
a denial. "We think it is not denial," Kneedler said.
Goldstein said that, by not acting on Bean's case, the ATF had
in effect denied him.
Some justices bemoaned Congress' roundabout
way of legislating through the pocketbook. Chief Justice William Rehnquist
wondered why Congress hadn't just repealed the law. "Because
they didn't have the votes?" Rehnquist asked. "This is
a very bad way to repeal a statute," Justice Stephen Breyer added.
"If they want to repeal it, repeal it."
After first year Mich. "Shall Issue"
anti-gunners forced to complain about minor arrest by license holders.
HERE FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE
HERE FOR: Michigan State Police concealed weapon permit report
Michigan was forced to start
handing out "Shall Issue" concealed handgun licenses a year
ago. The anti-gunners cried that blood would flow in the streets
and the highways would be full of bodies from drivers who's minor fender
benders and road rage would lead to license holders pulling their guns
and shooting everything in sight. The results:
Seventeen concealed weapon permit holders were charged
with brandishing a gun during the first year of the state's concealed
carry law, a new Michigan State Police report says. Only one person
charged with brandishing a gun was convicted of that crime during
the first year of the law covered by the report. It was unclear how
many of the 17 charged were convicted of another charge they may have
faced, Turner said.
In the first year of the new law, 62,902 people across
Michigan applied for a permit, 53,000 received one, 830 were denied,
55 were revoked and 9,072 were pending when the report was released
last week. Overall, 53 concealed weapon permit holders were
convicted of a crime in the first year of the law, the report said.
The largest group, 11, were convicted of drunken driving, it said
- Rod Collins, spokesman for the Michigan Coalition for Responsible
Gun Owners, the group that pushed for the new law, said the group expected
a low percentage of criminal charges among permit holders. "It
tells people that the fears expected by some of the groups ... did not
come true," he said. "It just shows we were right all along."
- Carolynne Jarvis of the Michigan Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence,
the group that challenged the law, said she doesn't feel safe knowing
that 92 concealed weapon permit holders were charged with a crime in
the law's first year. "Criminals don't say they will stop
being criminals because there are more people who might be armed,"
she said. "They say, I need to be armed.' It's always more and
not less." (My 2¢: So why not
call for the police to disarm, then the criminals would not have a reason
to carry any guns?)
HCI's newest alert.
Call Today: Tell The House Of Representatives
To Reject The Gun Lobby's Attack On Gun Violence Victims
Next week, the U.S. House of Representatives
is scheduled to VOTE on legislation, sponsored by the NRA gun lobby (H.R.
2037 and H.R. 123), that would prevent gun violence victims from seeking
justice in our nation's courts and give special legal immunity to the
We need your help to defeat this outrageous
bill in the House. Please call your House Representative and the House
Leadership TODAY and tell them to oppose all attempts to strip gun violence
victims of their legal rights!
Call Your House Representative
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: (202)
225-3121. Tell them your zip code and ask to be connected to your Representative.
Call the House Leadership
Call Majority Leader Dennis Hastert at
(202) 225-2976. AND Call Minority Leader Dick Gephardt at
What to tell them "I oppose
all attempts to strip gun violence victims of their legal rights. I urge
you to oppose HR 2037 and HR 123 or any other version of these bills."
The House of Representatives needs to know
that we are watching them and that we will not idly stand by as they do
the bidding of the NRA gun lobby. Please call today.
Background on the Legislation
HR 2037 and HR 123 are different versions
of legislation that would give special legal immunity to the gun industry.
These bills are gaining momentum in the House of Representatives. Earlier
this month, the Energy and Commerce Committee passed an amended version
of HR 2037, Representative Stearns' bill, while the Judiciary Committee
passed a modified version of HR 123, Representative Bob Barr's bill. The
bills are slightly different, but the end result would be the same: gun
violence victims would be prevented from holding the gun industry accountable
in our courts, and gun manufacturers, sellers, and even gun trade associations
would get special legal protection unlike any other American industry.
This is an outrage! Please call or write
today, and pass this message along to your friends, family and colleagues
so that they too can take a stand against the NRA! "Thumbs
up to all of you for your generous support! Together, we will build a
safer America." - Jim "The BEAR" Brady October 7,
Rep. Mink,(D) Hawaii, death 2 days after deadline
causes extra elections in Hawaii.
ROLL CALL, By Ben Pershing
In a span of two months, voters in Hawaii's
2nd district could go to the polls three times to choose from three completely
different slates of candidates to fill the seat of deceased Rep. Patsy
Mink (D). The 74-year-old lawmaker died Saturday following a month
long hospitalization for viral pneumonia brought on by a bout with chickenpox.
Because Mink passed away two days after
the deadline for state Democrats to substitute another candidate, her
name will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot along with that of the Republican
nominee, state Rep. Bob McDermott. Hawaii Democrats have suggested
that voters cast their ballots for Mink as a "tribute" to her
long service. If she garners the most votes, a Jan. 4 special election
will be held to fill the seat in the 108th Congress. But regardless
of whether Mink or McDermott wins Nov. 5, another special election will
take place Nov. 30 just to select someone to represent the district through
the end of the 107th Congress, even if the House has already adjourned.
And because of the current set of competitive statewide races and some
overlapping filing deadlines, the candidates for each of the two special
elections likely won't be determined until the results of the previous
contests are known.
Hawaii politicians were hesitant to talk
about campaigning this week until Mink's funeral, which is Friday.
But if the January special occurs, political observers expect that candidates
who lose in November will jump on the ballot. Current lieutenant
governor candidate Matt Matsunaga (D), the son of former Hawaii Sen. Spark
Matsunaga (D), could make the race, as could the loser in the gubernatorial
contest between Linda Lingle (R) and Mazie Hirono (D). Lingle is currently
ahead in the polls, but the race will likely go down to the wire.
One thing that is clear is that Democrats expect Mink to win Nov.
5 despite McDermott's presence on the ballot. McDermott was
in Washington this week on a previously scheduled trip to raise money
and awareness for what had been considered a long-shot campaign.
McDermott has expressed confidence that
he can win and has suggested that Democrats are being crass and disrespectful
when they ask Hawaiians to pay tribute to Mink by voting for her.
Democrats, in turn, privately allege that it is McDermott who is
being crass and opportunistic. They leveled similar charges
at him during Mink's hospitalization, when her family and staff declined
to release information about her health and he complained that voters
had the right to know her condition.
Though he has raised less than $100,000
so far, McDermott believes that the exposure he has gotten in recent days
in the local press could boost his candidacy. It is not clear whether
Republicans in Hawaii and Washington really believe that he is viable
and whether they would back him if he lost Nov. 5 and chose to run again
in January. Hawaii is one of the most Democratic states in
the nation. Mink won her last race by 26 points, and then Vice President
Al Gore (D) took the 2nd district by 20 points in 2000.
If Mink wins on Nov. 5, the ballot for
the Nov. 30 and Jan. 4 special elections will likely not feature the same
names. The filing deadline for the Nov. 30 election is Oct. 15,
meaning that all of the candidates now running statewide would be unlikely
to file before they know the outcomes of their current races.
Further complicating matters, filing for either of the specials requires
only a small number of signatures. There is no primary and a plurality
of votes wins, meaning that both races could attract a large number of
"The Democratic bench in Hawaii is
so much deeper than the Republican bench that you could have eight Democrats
and one or two Republicans and that could make it very, very close,"
said a Democrat involved in state politics. In addition to
Matsunaga, Lingle and Hirono, several other names have been floated in
Hawaii as possible January candidates. They include former
gubernatorial candidate Ed Case (D), ex-Gov. John Waihee (D), Dalton Tanonaka,
who lost the Republican primary for lieutenant governor this year, and
Russ Francis (R), who lost to Mink in 2000. John Mink, Patsy
Mink's husband, could also choose to run in either late-November or January,
though he has said nothing publicly about whether he is interested.
The winner of the Nov. 30 special election
would not be the first Hawaii lawmaker to serve such a short tenure.
Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) held the 1st district for a similarly
brief amount of time in 1986 after an even more complicated set of elections.
That year, Rep. Cecil Heftel (D) left the House to run for
governor. A special election was called in September to fill
his seat until the winner of the general election could take office in
January. And to further complicate matters, the September special
was held on the same day as the already scheduled primary.
Abercrombie, then a state Senator, won
the special election with 30 percent of the vote, beating out Patricia
Saiki (R) at 29 percent and Mufi Hannemann (D) at 28 percent.
But Hannemann beat Abercrombie in the Democratic primary on the same day.
So Abercrombie served for just three and a half months before
handing the seat over to Saiki, who had trounced Hannemann in the November
general election. Abercrombie won the seat back in 1990 when Saiki
ran for Senate. She lost that race to then-Rep. Daniel Akaka
Gun Strategists Are Watching Brooklyn Case
By WILLIAM GLABERSON - NY Times
A Brooklyn lawsuit has become a pivotal test
that could affect civil suits against the gun industry nationally because
the plaintiffs have, for the first time, obtained comprehensive government
information tracing gun sales. The information given to the plaintiffs'
lawyers in the Brooklyn case by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
includes the sales history of guns used in crimes. Critics of the
gun industry have long sought the information to try to fill what some
courts have said has been missing from their cases: evidence that manufacturers
knew how their guns were channeled toward illegal uses and an indication
that they could have stopped the trafficking. From coast to
coast, a contention of many of the nearly 30 suits against the gun industry
is that some manufacturers' handguns are used in crimes so frequently
that their sales strategies amount to a violation of the public's right
to safety and peace. Experts on liability law and the firearms industry
say the information tracing gun sales may give the plaintiffs their best
chance at trying to prove what they say is a "hear no evil, see no
evil" policy by gun makers toward the distribution of their products.
The information, gathered by the bureau when it traces guns at the
request of law enforcement officials, shows the path of guns from manufacturers
to specific wholesalers and retailers and then, in many instances, to
shootings. "The trace data is the Rosetta stone of following gun
crime," said Jim Kessler, policy director of Americans for Gun Safety,
a group that supports gun rights and stronger laws to limit improper uses
of firearms. The federal government has long resisted release of
the information, saying it could be harmful to each of more than one million
criminal investigations reflected in the database. The Justice Department
is now asking the United States Supreme Court to review a ruling in a
Chicago case that would release the same information under the Freedom
of Information Act.
On Sept. 27, after an agreement in United
States District Court in Brooklyn, the government turned over the information
to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which
filed a suit against the gun industry in 1999. In a court hearing
yesterday, lawyers agreed to begin the trial in February or March.
Lawyers for the firearms bureau declined to comment on why they agreed
to release the information. But lawyers involved in the case said
the judge, Jack B. Weinstein, had indicated that he was likely to give
the information to the plaintiffs as part of their discovery request.
The bureau then made its unusual deal to provide the information,
but insisted on a court order requiring that no identifying details be
released, even during testimony in the case.
Lawyers for the gun industry said the data
would not establish any liability because it could show only that manufacturers
and their distributors sell a legal product through legal means. "What
the plaintiffs are trying to do is bootstrap a case out of a misuse of
data," said James P. Dorr, a Chicago lawyer who represents Sturm,
Ruger & Company, one of the country's largest gun makers.
But as word spread of the agreement by the bureau to provide the information
in recent days, many experts said the legal battle could be a watershed
for the lawsuits against the gun industry. Anthony J. Sebok, a professor
at Brooklyn Law School who has written about the gun cases, said the new
information could build a devastating case against the gun industry.
But he also said that if the plaintiffs fail in the Brooklyn case, that
could be a setback for all the lawsuits across the country. "It
could end the campaign to use litigation as a method of achieving gun
control," he said.
Elisa Barnes, the chief lawyer for the
N.A.A.C.P. in the Brooklyn case, said the 11 years of gun-sales data she
obtained from the federal government is being analyzed by experts on marketing,
the gun industry and statistics who are working with her on the case.
In filing the suit in 1999, the N.A.A.C.P. said its goal was "to
protect the well-being and security of its membership, which has been
disproportionately injured" by illegal handguns. Some
incomplete and dated information from the firearms agency has been available
in the past, but Ms. Barnes said she expected the most useful material
will be from newly released gun-tracing records from 1996 to 2000.
Critics of the gun industry say it may be a gold mine, because more and
more thorough investigations of gun sales are believed to have taken place
during that period than ever. Ms. Barnes acknowledged that the turn
in her case presented a test for the strategy of taking on the gun industry
in court. "I think it is the one important moment in this type of
litigation," she said.
Ms. Barnes was the chief lawyer in the
only case against the gun industry as a whole that ended with a verdict
for the plaintiffs. That case, also before Judge Weinstein, ended
in February 1999, with a finding that nine gun manufacturers were liable
for shootings in the New York City region. That verdict was overturned
in an unusual appeal that went to New York State's highest court, the
Court of Appeals, because the federal court was interpreting state personal-injury
law. In its opinion, that court said Ms. Barnes's 1999 case failed,
but some lawyers said the decision left the door open to another case
with more solid evidence connecting the gun industry to the distribution
of guns used in crimes. Liability, the court said, "should
not be imposed without a more tangible showing that defendants were a
direct link in the causal chain." Ms. Barnes said the new case
will provide that tangible evidence. But lawyers for the 165 gun
makers and distributors named as defendants have said that her arguments
Timothy A. Bumann, a lawyer for a half
dozen of the companies, said one weak point is Ms. Barnes's claim that
the firearms bureau's data will prove that manufacturers whose guns regularly
end up in illegal uses had a reason to know how that occurs. Mr.
Bumann said the fact that the bureau keeps its information confidential
would undercut any argument Ms. Barnes makes to the jury. "If
it's never seen the light of day before," he said, "how are
the defendants supposed to have reacted to it?" Critics
of the gun industry have long argued that manufacturers know how many
of their guns are traced by the bureau, because the bureau contacts the
manufacturer to begin each trace.
Ms. Barnes made several strategic decisions
that make the current case different from her 1999 case. Instead
of seeking damages for the families of gun victims, for example, the current
case seeks an injunction that would establish new restrictions on the
marketing and distribution of handguns. Although the trial is expected
to include a great deal of evidence about statistical and marketing issues,
Ms. Barnes said she would call some members of the N.A.A.C.P. who could
testify about the legacy of gun violence. One of them is scheduled
to be Gladys Gerena, whose 16-year-old son, Shaun, went to the store one
day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to buy a sandwich and never came home.
Neither the gun nor the man who shot him to death on Sept. 1, 1995,
has been found. In an interview, Ms. Gerena said she was taking
part in the suit to try to establish some accountability. "I don't
think anybody should make money from people dying," she said, "and
they're dying because of these illegal guns on the street."
Carry Bill, HR950, to be introduced.
A very important bill is about to be introduced
in the Senate and the U.S. House. It could well affect security for you,
the reader. Called HR950 (The Safe Act) Secure Access to Firearms
Enhancement Act of 2001, it would allow thousands of pre-screened, concealed-weapons
gun owners to pack across all 50 states, instead of being restricted to
a general area. Terrorists and other cowards are less likely to
commit a crime when they don't know who's armed. Call your congressman,
and support Gun Owners of America at www.gunowners.org to pass this bill.