. . . . The death of meaningless, feel-good "think-tanks" designed to brainwash the uninitiated.
Confirmation comes this week of the death of the Second Amendment Center at The Ohio State University, a thinly-veiled anti-gun "center" funded by The Joyce Foundation. A center that put out lots of reports, but always from one side of the discussion.
I tried contacting this organization numerous times, first as a representative of a statewide grassroots firearms rights organization, and later representing myself, a humble blogger covering issues regarding the 2A. Not once did anyone take my call, or see fit to return a call.
Eugene Volokh, on his blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, has described the Columbus-based center as such:
This “scholarly” center was one of the initiatives funded by the Joyce Foundation to support writings that opposed the academic consensus that had previously arisen that the original meaning of the Second Amendment protected an individual right. Readers of this blog will remember the infamous Joyce Foundation funded symposium at Chicago Kent from which any dissenting scholars were excluded in the interest of “balancing” all the rest of Second Amendment scholarship. Apparently, its scholarly purpose having been exhausted by the decision in Heller, it has ceased its scholarly mission. It is no more.
Saul Cornell, the lead researcher has moved on to another university. It was housed within the John Glenn school of public policy. Glenn was never a champion of the Second Amendment either.
This is a death that was long overdue. But reality caught up with fantasy and Joyce Foundation leadership quietly pulled the plug on a carcass that had already died, and was being kept alive with the artificial life support of false hope, doctored commentary and revisionist history.