Yeah, Definitely Political: Guns, Obama, Joyce Foundation: Targeted SCOTUS Decisions – Funded With Lies, Stifled Descent

It’s good to remember the holes from where Barack Obama scratched his way to the surface. Here’s one of them. The Joyce Foundation. Barack Obama and the Joyce Foundation started laying the ground work to derail the Second Amendment during Obama’s leadership 1994 – 2002. There was a clear path for doing this at Joyce. They targeted future Supreme Court decisions and began funding lies and deceptive law articles about the individual right to keep and bear arms. At the bottom of the article, take a short look at how Fast & Furious follows this same pattern. It’s too easy to forget.


Bob Owens at Pajamas Media (please read the entire important article).

Joyce’s directors found a vulnerable point. When judges cannot rely upon past decisions, they sometimes turn to law review articles. Law reviews are impartial, and famed for meticulous cite-checking. They are also produced on a shoestring. Authors of articles receive no compensation; editors are law students who work for a tiny stipend.

In 1999, midway through Obama’s tenure, the Joyce board voted to grant the Chicago-Kent Law Review $84,000, a staggering sum by law review standards. The Review promptly published an issue in which all articles attacked the individual right view of the Second Amendment.

In a breach of law review custom, Chicago-Kent let an “outsider” serve as editor; he was Carl Bogus, a faculty member of a different law school. Bogus had a unique distinction: he had been a director of Handgun Control Inc. (today’s Brady Campaign), and was on the advisory board of the Joyce-funded Violence Policy Center.

Bogus solicited only articles hostile to the individual right view of the Second Amendment, offering authors $5,000 each. But word leaked out, and Prof. Randy Barnett of Boston University volunteered to write in defense of the individual right to arms. Bogus refused to allow him to write for the review, later explaining that “sometimes a more balanced debate is best served by an unbalanced symposium.” Prof. James Lindgren, a former Chicago-Kent faculty member, remembers that when Barnett sought an explanation he “was given conflicting reasons, but the opposition of the Joyce Foundation was one that surfaced at some time.” Joyce had bought a veto power over the review’s content.

Joyce Foundation apparently believed it held this power over the entire university. Glenn Reynolds later recalled that when he and two other professors were scheduled to discuss the Second Amendment on campus, Joyce’s staffers “objected strenuously” to their being allowed to speak, protesting that Joyce Foundation was being cheated by an “‘agenda of balance’ that was inconsistent with the Symposium’s purpose.” Joyce next bought up an issue of Fordham Law Review.

The plan worked smoothly. One court, in the course of ruling that there was no individual right to arms, cited the Chicago-Kent articles eight times. Then, in 2001, a federal Court of Appeals in Texas determined that the Second Amendment was an individual right.

The Joyce Foundation board (which still included Obama) responded by expanding its attack on the Second Amendment. Its next move came when Ohio State University announced it was establishing the “Second Amendment Research Center” as a thinktank headed by anti-individual-right historian Saul Cornell. Joyce put up no less than $400,000 to bankroll its creation. The grant was awarded at the board’s December 2002 meeting, Obama’s last function as a Joyce director. In reporting the grant, the OSU magazine Making History made clear that the purpose was to influence a future Supreme Court case: Read the rest of the story at PJMedia, 2008

☛ From my post of July 2012:

When Ken Melson, the acting director during the period of Fast and Furious was forced to resign, Barack Obama nominated Andrew Travers (Nov. 2010). Congress sent the nomination back to him. He resubmitted Travers’ name, and it remains sitting in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they likely do not have the votes to stop the debate and vote.

Traver is anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment Rights. He is allegedly a member of the anti-gun International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), has an anti-assault rifle stance, conveniently confuses assault rifles with machine guns, signed-off on the Liberal Joyce Foundation study, and has received the NRA’s “strong” opposition.

But the idea of an ATF director who hails from Chicago, a city without gun shops, and who has conflated black market automatic weapons with legal semi-automatic “assault-style” rifles is causing Second Amendment defenders to worry that President Obama intends to blast away at gun rights by force of bureaucracy, if not law. Source CS Monitor

Interesting that Chicago has had a ban on handguns for 28 years, yet for 2009 the murder rate in Chicago is THREE TIMES that of New York City, and crimes in general are twice as violent as in Los Angeles. Only Philadelphia has a higher murder.

☛ From my post of September 2012:

Not to be forgotten is Obama’s directorship of the Joyce Foundation which spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence the Supreme Court on Second Amendment decisions – bottom line, influencing the neutering of gun ownership rights. Valerie Jarrett, the “other half of Barack’s brain,” served on the Board of the Joyce Foundation. She lived next-door to the boy she eventually married. His father was a Communist youth leader and became her father-in-law.

☛ From my post in March 2014:

Rudd asked him to join the board, which met four times a year to review grant proposals. (Obama also served on the board of the larger Joyce Foundation, which specialized in environmental conservation, welfare reform and education.) “Community organizing was a central priority of this foundation, so more and more we drew him in,” says [Jean] Rudd, who retired in 2000…

Also, the Joyce Foundation is an anti-gun foundation hidden under the guise of being an environmental Fund. How come Obama never mentions this Fund he was on? Maybe because the NRA calls the Joyce Foundation an activist foundation whose “shadowy web of huge donations” leads “straight to puppet strings that control the agenda of gun ban groups.” Source: No Quarter 

☛ Remember Fast & Furious, the gun-running that served two purposes for this administration, with Hillary Clinton deep in the bones of it:  1) to put pressure on legal American gunsellers, and 2) to try to prove the administration claim that ninety percent of all guns in Mexico got there from the United States, when the true statistic was seventeen percent.

h/t to Patterico’s Pontifications’ commenter who reminded me of my own work on Obama and the Joyce Foundation

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