Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A good start.

The A2A brief is in the outline stage.

We've received lots of contributions ranging from $5 to several over $1000. We are well on the way to meeting our $50,000 goal.

Thanks for your trust and your contributions.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Special "incentive" for contributors.

Bills Gun Shop and Range in Robbinsdale and in Circle Pines, Minnesota has a special "incentive" for Minnesota (and Western Wisconsin) residents who contribute to A2A's fund drive. Here's the deal.

Bill's Gun Shop & Range will donate:

(1) a $20 range token for every contribution of $50 or greater towards this project.

(2) 2 gold memberships (each a $1,000 value) to the first two $5,000 donors.

(3) a corporate membership (a $3000 value) to the first corporate donator that contributes $10,000.

If you qualify, send A2A an e-mail at AcademicsSecondAmendment@comcast.net to claim your incentive. We need your e-mail address (to verify contribution) and your mailing address (to send out the incentive). Remember A2A has a volunteer staff and may respond slowly during the Holiday Season. Mailings will go out in early February after the work on the brief is completed. This offer may be modified or revoked at any time without notice.

Some folks have asked about the brief writing team that A2A has assembled.

Here are citations to some of their writings:

David T. Hardy
"Armed Citizens, Citizen Armies: Toward a Jurisprudence of the Second Amendment," http://www.guncite.com/journals/hardcit.html.
"The Second Amendment and the Historiography of the Bill of Rights," http://www.guncite.com/journals/hardhist.html.

Joseph E. Olson
"All the Way Down the Slippery Slope: Gun Prohibition in England and Some Lessons for Civil Liberties in America," http://www.guncite.com/journals/okslip.html
"The Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act of 2003: History and Commentary," http://law.hamline.edu/files/Olson_MN_Citizens.pdf

Clayton Cramer
Armed America: The Remarkable Story of How and Why Guns Became as American as Apple Pie (Thomas Nelson, 2007)

For the Defense of Themselves and the State: The Original Intent and Judicial Interpretation of the Right To Keep And Bear Arms (Praeger Publishers, 1994).

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

How to help WIN an individual right to keep and bear arms in the US Supreme Court's D.C. v. Heller case.

Academics for the Second Amendment
Post Office Box 131254
St. Paul, Minn. 55113

Academics for the Second Amendment ("A2A") will be filing an amicus brief in the US Supreme Court in support of Mr. Heller (and urging the Supreme Court to affirm the Court of Appeals decision that the DC gun laws are unconstitutional). Our brief will be written by attorneys David Hardy and Joseph Olson with historical assistance from Clayton Cramer. As one of the several pro-gun amici, we'll be taking an approach that focuses on the ratification process in 1791 and the meaning and usage of terms found in the Second Amendment. We will show that no one in America, at that time, could have understood the amendment to preserve a state or government organization's "right" and that everyone who did speak out did so in the context of a meaningful individual right to keep and bear arms.

District of Columbia v. Heller will decide whether or not the Second Amendment protects any American from gun bans and confiscations.

Preparing and filing the amicus brief will take thousands of additional dollars. A2A will be facing attorney fees, printing expenses, filing fees, travel and lodging expenses, etc. We have some money but not enough.

A2A is a tax-exempt educational organization recognized under IRC §501(c)(3) [that makes your contributions tax-deductible]. Our primary goal is to give the “right to keep and bear arms” enshrined in the Bill of Rights its proper, prominent place in Constitutional discourse and analysis.

A2A was formed in 1992 by a number of present and former law school teachers, joined by historians, political scientists, and philosophers of government, who believe it is time to stand and be counted in support of a complete Bill of Rights which includes an individual right under the Second Amendment. The organization seeks to foster intellectually honest discourse on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and, of course, the environment in which academics, judges, politicians, and the public place the rights preserved by the Second Amendment.

A2A has filed friend-of-the-court briefs (A2A was an amicus in the U.S. Supreme Court in Lopez and the U.S. Court of Appeals in Emerson), sponsored academic symposia, encouraged media commentary, supported research and publication, and challenged the legal profession and the public to appreciate the place of the individual right to keep and bear arms in the American constitutional scheme. A major endeavor has been a series of “Open Letter” advertisements signed by groups of University and College professors. The signers cannot be dismissed by the media as “gun nuts” nor can their statements be ignored as without foundation. Their academic records and reputations are too strong for that to occur. The message is simple – the Second Amendment is there, it does preserve a meaningful individual right for responsible persons, and it cannot, without duplicity, be overlooked or interpreted into meaninglessness.

We need your help. If you believe in full and fair discourse on the Bill of Rights, A2A should receive your support. A2A is open to all. You don’t have to be “academic” in order to join. Your contributions are tax deductible. Please don’t ignore this request --- copy this post for a friend, forward it on, and send in your check or use our PayPal account.

Very truly yours,

Joseph Olson
Professor of Law