Profile image
By Gun Watch (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Don Kates, Second Amendment Hero, has Passed On

Sunday, November 6, 2016 17:39
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.
Don Kates 1989

The first that I learned of Don Kates was when I ordered his bombshell academic book in 1980.  It was Restricting Handguns: The Liberal Skeptics Speak Out, published a few months earlier. Don was a classic liberal, not the leftist “progressive” that “liberal” has come to be known as today.

Don had edited a collection of liberal authors who wrote about why gun control, was a sham.  They explained why it could not work, and why it hurt poor people and minorities more than any other group.  I read it, passed it around, bought around 20 copies, as I recall, and handed them out.

I ended up corresponding with Don.  I and a friend, Norman Whisler, were offered a chance to write, as I recall, for Gun Week, as a result.  My career took me to Panama, a few years before email made international writing simple.

I owe Don a good bit for the encouragement that he gave me.

Don was the person who invented, championed, created, nurtured and developed the academic rediscovery of the Second Amendment in the law journals. 

He pushed the plan to treat the Second Amendment the same as the First Amendment.  The plan was to pursue a legal strategy parallel to the one that was used to incorporate the First Amendment. His strategy worked.

We all owe Don a great deal. He will be missed.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

Gun Watch


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.