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Going after SARC

Discussion in 'Legal' started by legaleagle_45, Jul 14, 2009.

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  1. legaleagle_45

    legaleagle_45 Member

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    <Legaleagle gets on soap box...>

    As most of you know, the Second Amendment Research Center (SARC) is an anti 2nd Amendment group funded by the Joyce Foundation (which also funds the VPC and a host of other anti gun groups). Headed by Saul Cornell, it masquerades as a scholarly group which seeks to influence courts rather than the general populace. In fact, their "research" is oftentimes cited by courts for authority (Stevens cited their work in his dissent in Heller, for instance). Here is what Alan Gura recently wrote about SARC and the Joyce Foundation:

    What Gura was referring to was Cornell's assertion that "newly uncovered lecture notes of St. George Tucker revealed that he believed that the 2nd served primarily a militia purpose". This supposedly undermines Tuckers later formulation which cast the 2nd as clearly an individual right. The dissent in Heller relied upon this as Gura points out:

    SARC is headquartered at Ohio State, and Ken Hanson of Buckeye Firearms Assoc. decided it might be interesting to see if Joyce had placed any limitations, restrictions or parameters on the funding to SARC... here is what happened, according to Ken:


    I have posted a plea for your support of Ken in the Activism forum. Here is a link:

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showpost.php?p=5755750&postcount=1

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  2. damien

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    Since Heller rejected that argument and stare decisis now acknowledges that the 2nd Amendment is a right to keep and bear arms by individual citizens disconnected from any military service, does SARC's "reasearch" really matter anymore? I mean, in some case it might be cited by one side, but with Heller cited by the other side, will it have any influence at all? It should not.
     
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    As to that issue, perhaps, but SARC is not a one trick pony. They will be involved with the incorporation fight and their handy work will be cited in briefs opposing the incorporation. It would be great if we could undermine them even more than we already have.
     
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    Even if you succeeded, they would merely pop up again under a new organization with an innocent and patriotic name such as American Institute of Second Amendment Scholarship.
     
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    :cuss:
     
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    LOL, perhaps, but it would make things more difficult, and we could still trace the funding to Joyce. Besides, Hanson wants to spring it on em at the briefing stage of the incorporation battle. They wont have time to adjust.
     
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    I don't know about Ohio, but here in Illinois you can get your attorney's fees reimbursed if the state wrongfully withholds records you are entitled to.
     
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