Gun Culture 2.0 Or How A Liberal Professor Became An Armed American

My friend David Yamane, Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University, delivered the lunchtime address at the NRA Foundation’s National Firearms Law Seminar in Indianapolis last month. It detailed his journey from a non-gun owning, non-shooting college professor raised in the shadow of San Francisco to becoming an armed American. It was very well received and thanks to John Correia of Armed Self Protection and associates it is now available on YouTube.

In the video he credits his wife Sandy with helping him make the journey. She, like my in-laws, is a native of Mocksville, North Carolina. According to some tongue-in-cheek sources, it is the most redneck town in the state. I’d say it really is like many small towns across the state with farmland surrounding it, a small downtown area with various small shops and offices, and a Walmart out by the highway.

2019 National Firearms Law Seminar

I spent the day the National Firearms Law Seminar sponsored by the NRA Foundation. It was the 22nd annual seminar put on by them. I try to attend these every other year to catch up with what’s what with firearms law and Second Amendment litigation.

The day started out with introductory remarks from Carol Frampton who is a NRA Board Member and chair of the seminar committee. She kept things moving along throughout the day.

The highlights of the day for me were (in no order) Prof. George Mocsary’s presentation on judicial defiance of Heller, the ethics lecture from Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, a presentation on terminal ballistics from neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Maurer, and finally the lunch time presentation by my friend Prof. David Yamane on gun culture 2.0 and his conversion from a non-gun owner to a concealed handgun carrier.

Of these presentations you are probably wondering why I liked the ethics presentation. The answer is that Justice David – formerly Col. Steven David, JAG, USAR (retired) was entertaining while getting his point across. For example, he had the misfortune of being named the Chief Defense Counsel at Guantanamo Bay for the 9-11 plotters. His point was that lawyers had a duty to represent their clients, and act professionally and responsibly even when they don’t like their clients. As it put it, two sides, one oath.

Aaron Kendal of The Shekel Blog and an attorney in Michigan has published posts on each of the presentations. They give a good thumbnail summation of each presentation.

Judicial Defiance of Heller and A Survey of Current 2A Litigation

Ethics Presentation

State Constitutional Arms Provision

Gun Culture 2.0, or How a Liberal Professor Became An Armed American

FBI NICS Checks and Appeals

Gun Rights and The VA

Terminal Ballistics

On Making and Gunsmithing Weapons

Shooting Ranges and the Noise and Environmental Issues They Face