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Korwin's 15th book is a comic book


Talk about changing hearts and minds! This puppy pulls no punches! Watch for it, on press now.

Coming soon, available from Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and of course from Co-written with artist Kjartan "Karno" Arnorsson, and with Ray Carter, it's the continuing adventures of Gran'pa Jack, his grandkids and friends, as they look at the reasons to learn how to shoot. Check out the ferocious villains determined to kill you, cut off your head, set you on fire, beat you senseless, take everything you have -- and all decent people seek is the ability to shoot them if and when the moment arises. Talk to your gun club or rights group, church, tea party, synagogue, legislative district, about getting them by the 100 at deep discount to give to people who need to see this wonderful message.


Palin Gets Booked

The lamestream media told you:

A new biography on Sarah Palin is now available and here’s the book’s author, with some softball questions aimed at her. FOX TV.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

How did anyone get a book out on Sarah within two weeks of her appearance as a VP candidate? Being in the book publishing business, that’s, well, impossible.

The book by Kaylene Johnson actually came out in April, by a small press in Washington state (Epicenter) that specializes in books about Alaska. The 7K run of the hardback was called, “Sarah: How a Small Town Girl Turned Alaska's Political Establishment on Its Ear.”

After the announcement, the book went through a facelift and was rushed out over the Labor Day weekend by a print-on-demand outfit (Lightning Source) that paid workers overtime to work the holiday weekend, and “Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned Alaska's Political Establishment Upside Down” was now a 40K-unit paperback available nationally. Tyndale House took over distribution and put 250K copies into print. That’s how. Thanks to the Southern Review of Books for the details. Other Palin books are reportedly in the pipeline.

My latest book, “The Heller Case: Gun Rights Affirmed!” is due off press this week and has attracted no attention from lamestream media, though large advanced orders have been placed by most major gun-rights groups in the nation, and is still available at a pre-press discount.


Gun Law Update - The Heller Case

Chief Justice John Roberts announced less than an hour ago that the Supreme Court would release its three remaining decisions tomorrow, Thu., 6/26/08, beginning at 10 a.m., Eastern time.

This includes D.C. v. Heller, the Washington, D.C. gun-ban case that is examining the meaning of the Second Amendment, and whether a complete ban on any operable gun in a private home violates the constitutional rights of individual citizens.

I plan to have a quick review of the highlights of the case within three hours of its release. A more detailed review is planned before the end of June.

Every news outlet on the planet is expected to cover the case in some fashion. Typically, "news" reports on gun issues have errors, spin, editorial mixed in with fact, and should be taken with at least a grain of skepticism until detailed analysis is available. The decision could be lengthy (perhaps 100 pages according to one knowledgeable party), and will take a while to digest in its entirety.

The other two remaining cases are Davis v. FEC (campaign finance), and American Electric Power (energy contracts).

The law firm of Akin Gump is predicting with a high degree of confidence that Justice Scalia will be the author of the principle opinion in the Heller decision.

My firm Bloomfield Press is preparing a book on the Heller case, as a supplement to "Supreme Court Gun Cases" by Kopel, Halbrook and Korwin, released in 2003. It will contain extensive background, commentary by numerous leading experts, summaries of all 96 gun-related cases that have been heard by the High Court, and complete text of Heller with key elements highlighted throughout. Advance orders will be taken when we know what the page count will be, hopefully within 30 days of the decision.

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Miscellanea: Bob Levy, Breakfast, and Concealed Handguns

1. Bob Levy, who funded and represented Heller in the case, will be in Phoenix for a Federalist Society debate on it, 4/16/08 (11 a.m. $5), and at the Goldwater Institute on 4/17/08 (5 p.m., free) to discuss his new book. I'll be at both, don't miss it.

Federalist Soc.: 480-558-8300
Goldwater Inst.: 602-462-5000 ext. 223

2. Join Alan Korwin at The Breakfast Club for a lively discussion of the Heller case, Sat. Apr. 5, doors open 7:30 a.m., all-you-can-eat buffet $12: Coco's Restaurant, south of the Paradise Valley Mall (N. side of Cactus, 1/2 mi. W. of Tatum Blvd.)

3. The new 5th edition Concealed Handgun Manual is now available! Answers key questions for permit holders everywhere.

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Yes, yes, it's been a while -- I'm pouring my time into my next book, "Bomb Jokes at Airports" (about the limits of free speech), plus we're expanding the line at Bloomfield Press, more news on that soon.

Q: How long until we know if Washington, D.C. will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on the gun-ban case it lost (the Parker case)?
A: 90 days from the denial of the en banc hearing.That means Aug. 6, 2007.

Q: If they do appeal, when might a decision arrive?
A: Assuming that cert is granted before year's end (meaning the High Court agrees to hear the case), we should have a decision no later than June 30, 2008. Read all about it in entry #3, below.


Media Attacks Guns

The lamestream media told you:
"Gunfire plagues school in slums," reports Harold Olmos for the AP on 9/10/06, from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. "Rise in gun violence underscores concerns," adds Michael Sniffen of the AP, on 9/11/06, writing from Washington D.C. Back-to-back reports remind the public of the horrors of guns in civilian hands, and lament that more cannot be done to curb the senseless violence. Most other crime in the U.S. is at a 32-year low.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
While almost no one died from civilian gunfire over a recent two-day period, wire reports focused on those rare shootings while ignoring the thousands of people who lost their lives to gunfire from government operatives around the world.

Democide, or death by official government forces, has long been known to be the leading cause of civilian death, but is generally unreported, or categorized blandly as strife, tragedy or civil unrest.

Brazil was attacked recently by power brokers worldwide, who sought to disarm the public during a referendum on gun ownership. A grassroots effort soundly defeated the measure, which would have left criminals and the military heavily armed, while turning the populace into a defenseless rabble.

The effort to disarm Brazilians is apparently still intact, with the Associated Press leading the charge with stories of heartbreaking tragedies in shantytowns of the downtrodden poor. The AP does admit that most of the gunfire is between the police and drug gangs. Citizens are used to slum violence, the reporter says.

Reports of guns being used for their primary purposes, protection and defense against crime, have not been made.

The severe lamestream-news bias against firearms is well documented and discussed in detail in "The Bias Against Guns," by Professor John Lott, available through Bloomfield Press.

Self Defense Protection

The lamestream media told you:
Two police officers in Scottsdale, in an incident typical of many occurring regularly around the nation, shot and killed a suspect who had pointed a gun and threatened to murder them. "Both are on administrative leave, a routine move in shooting cases," according to the reporters Scarborough and Indrelunas, writing for The Arizona Republic.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
Although it is standard policy to prevent officers involved in shootings from speaking with anyone for at least 48 hours, and removing them from any contact with the press or others, the same is never true for innocent civilians involved in life-saving self defense incidents. Reasons for the unequal treatment are sketchy.

Standard procedure against citizens is to apply pressure, obtain damaging statements, implicate the potentially heroic actors in illegal acts, collect incriminating evidence, and otherwise compromise every chance they will be found innocent and set free. Despite this, the right to defend yourself is implied in the bundle of rights covered by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights.

Police officers will issue a statement, in writing, days or even weeks later, in consultation with their department's legal team (not just "an" attorney), and are then again sequestered from additional remarks or questioning.

In stark contrast, the trial for a citizen involved in self defense against a criminal attacker often begins in the "news" media with conjecture, unfounded statements from authorities, and general contempt for anyone who would use a firearm to save their lives from an unprovoked felony attack.

The reason for treating officials with concern for their innocence, which is not also provided to innocent citizens, is not known.

Defense attorneys uniformly advise against speaking with the "news" media after a shooting incident. You are least capable of coherent statements and cogent word choices right after surviving a lethal confrontation, or even the stress of a firearms accident. In at least one case, Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident in February, reporters demanded instant details, with no concern for either victim's rights or legal protections. Cheney, a Republican, implied that the media was uncompassionate, showing a left-wing anti-gun-rights bias and being unfair. The media denied the charges.

Bloomfield Press offers a valuable book, You And The Police, which outlines generally unknown procedures citizens can use to protect themselves in encounters with police, from traffic stops to investigations after life-threatening incidents.

Flags In Classrooms

The lamestream media told you:
In an effort to bolster patriotism, state legislators have been passing laws requiring public school classrooms to display the American flag, and copies of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Funding for the requirements is typically not provided, putting many schools in a financial bind.

Now, some public colleges are considering requiring all students to take at least one class in U.S. history. The American Council of Trustees and Advisors, a national group, has found that "America's graduating college seniors are more familiar with Snoop Dogg and other MTV icons than the Founding Fathers." U.S. history is not currently a college requirement.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
If teaching U.S. history means perpetuating current public school curricula on the subject, students might be better off without it.

According to "Magruder's American Government," the textbook in the Uninvited Ombudsman's daughter's senior high school class, "The Second Amendment was added to the Constitution to protect the right of each state to keep a militia." I am not making this up.

The Prentice Hall textbook goes on the insist, "The only important 2nd Amendment case is 'United States v. Miller, 1939,'" and continues with a brief, distorted view of the Amendment, its origins and current condition. This is indexed as "gun control." There is no listing for guns, firearms, RKBA, or any rights-oriented category. Any positive aspects of guns, their use in the preservation of peace, and their relationship to freedom are absent.

In stark contrast, Supreme Court Gun Cases covers 92 gun cases the High Court has heard, from nearly every period in its history, of which all assume or are consistent with the principle that RKBA is an individual right. No schools use this text.

Further review of the Prentice Hall text finds that American-style capitalism, though treated with only mild disdain, shares equal space with socialism and communism as viable governmental models. Failures and abuses committed under those systems are missing for some reason.

The propagandizing and deception in public school textbooks is widely known, but the controlling clique that produces them, approves them for schools and distributes them in monopoly fashion are well entrenched. Taxpayers fund the effort.

At least the book includes a glossary. In Spanish.

Gun Books Coming

Bloomfield Press, known for its factual books on gun laws, plans to introduce a line of novels for gunnies. These gun-related works of fiction are typically hard to find, and having read them, I can tell you they are the cat's pajamas and could cure hoplophobia. More news soon.

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Ann Coulter satire

Belittling Ann Coulter's phenomenal publicity for her new book, "Godless," to promote two of our own books (see "Ann Coulter's 'Godless'"), was sarcasm and wry humor, which some people missed. OK, it was commercialism, and I confess to being a capitalist, free market advocate and entrepreneur. Plus, it did help sell Jeff Cooper's new release of Principles of Personal Defense, and You And The Police, by Boston T. Party, which you can see on our website linked below.


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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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