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Showing papers in "Journal on firearms and public policy in 2007"


Journal Article
TL;DR: Endorf as mentioned in this paper argues that the District of Columbia's handgun ban has no evidence that it has any beneficial effect on crime, reduced the illegal gun supply, prevented any firearm accidents or suicides, or had any advantageous effect whatsoever.
Abstract: The District of Columbia’s handgun prohibition is the most-studied gun control measure in this country. After over thirty years there is still no reliable evidence to support the ban’s efficacy. There is no evidence that the gun ban has lowered violent crime, reduced the illegal gun supply, prevented any firearm accidents or suicides, or had any advantageous effect whatsoever. There is, however, good reason to believe that the gun ban has harmed the District by making law-abiding citizens helpless in one of the most crime-ridden cities in America. Supporters of the District’s gun ban say that it has helped counteract the plague of violence that has long afflicted the city; thirty years of research has proven such sentiments to be based on wishful thinking and political myths. Robert Endorf is a graduate of NYU Law School and is a lawyer in Kentucky.

5 citations


Journal Article
TL;DR: The authors examines the record of violent Jewish resistance to the Holocaust and suggests that Jewish resistance was extensive, and succeeded in saving many lives, and explains that a key impediment to even more effective resistance was the lack of firearms, as well as Jewish unfamiliarity with arms during the pre-war years.
Abstract: Contrary to myth of Jewish passivity, many Jews did fight back during the Holocaust. They shut down the extermination camp at Sobibor, rose up in the Warsaw Ghetto, and fought in the woods and swamps all over Eastern Europe. Indeed, Jews resisted at a higher rate than did any other population under Nazi rule. The experience of the Holocaust shows why Jews, and all people of good will, should support the right of potential genocide victims to possess defensive arms, and refutes the notion that violence is necessarily immoral. This Article examines the record of violent Jewish resistance to the Holocaust. It suggests that Jewish resistance was extensive, and succeeded in saving many lives. The record also explains that a key impediment to even more effective resistance was the lack of firearms, as well as Jewish unfamiliarity with arms during the pre-war years. The article dispels the myth of Jewish passivity during the Holocaust, and the myth that courageous civilians with firearms are helpless against a powerful, genocidal tyranny. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1022081

2 citations