Dave Kopel

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    June 27, 2014

    Colorado gun-control laws ruled constitutional despite these arguments against them

    U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger has ruled that Colorado's controversial gun laws don't violate the constitution in a judgement Dave Kopel, who assembled a lawsuit endorsed by assorted businesses and dozens of Colorado sheriffs, has already pledged to appeal. In May 2013, shortly after the suit w ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Colorado gun-control laws go on trial: Here's why more than fifty sheriffs say they're illegal

    Today marks the beginning of what's expected to be a two-week trial pertaining to a suit filed by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and more than fifty of his colleagues against gun-control laws passed last year. Included among them are a ban of all magazines that can hold more than fifteen rounds ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013
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    May 24, 2013

    Colorado gun-control laws: Columbine dad criticizes sheriffs' lawsuit

    Earlier this week, we talked with the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel about a lawsuit against Colorado's new gun-control laws supported by 55 sheriffs throughout the state; see the suit and more below. Today brings a rebuttal from Colorado Ceasefire's Tom Mauser, who became a gun-control advoca ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Reader: Second Amendment meant to fight tyranny, not kill burglars

    A post yesterday featured the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel talking about a lawsuit targeting Colorado's new gun-control laws -- and featuring the support of Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 of his colleagues around the state. As you can imagine, this topic fired up folks on both sid ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Colorado gun-control laws: Here's why 55 sheriffs think they're illegal

    As we noted last week while covering the tragic death of Anastasia Adair, who accidentally killed herself with a new assault rifle, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and 54 colleagues have joined a complaint against newly passed Colorado gun-control laws, including a ban of all magazines that can ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    Anti-Obama & friends billboards link old media to new, says WhoSaidYouSaid's Kelly Maher

    Kelly Maher.​Seen those "They Spend, You Pay!" billboards? The ones in which Barack Obama looks kinda drunk, John Hickenlooper appears homicidal, and Betsy Markey, Ed Perlmutter, John Salazar and Michael Bennet seem amused by your pain? According to Kelly Maher of WhoSaidYouSaid, the website b ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    The Independence Institute is twenty-five years old -- and still shooting from the lip

    President Jon Caldara helps celebrates 25 years as Denver's premier conservative free-market think tank.​ Editor's note: This week's Westword cover story is a cartoon by Kenny Be that celebrates twenty-five years of the Independence Institute. Check it out in its entirety below:

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    January 8, 2009

    Debate over spiked Rocky Mountain News media column heats up

    Since November 2004, Cause Communications president Jason Salzman (pictured) has written a media column for the Rocky Mountain News; his pieces run every two weeks, alternating with offerings by the Independence Institute's Dave Kopel, whose perspective is typically as conservative as Salzman's is l ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Jason Salzman embraces the Hug Mobile

    Those who attended Sarah Palin's campaign appearance in Loveland yesterday were among the first to see the latest attempt by the folks at ProgressNowAction to tie John McCain's candidacy to the legacy of George W. Bush: the Hug mobile. The display commemorates an awkward photo of McCain and Bush emb ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    What's So Funny's Kopelgänger

    That Adam Clayton-Holland is a real sh--!

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    May 13, 2008 Lowered to Half Mast

    The May 10 column by Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple focused largely on a speech he gave to graduates of the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Journalism and Mass Communications. But in the midst of anecdotes and observances about the address, he casually mentione ... More >>

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    November 12, 2007

    Richard Nixon and Front-Page Denver Post Editorials

    Looks like we miscounted. In his November 11 column about the Bill Ritter-bashing front-page editorial that inspired this edition of the Message, Denver Post editorial page editor Dan Haley revealed that the broadsheet has published three other page-one salvos since 1946 -- not two, as Rocky Mounta ... More >>

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    November 5, 2007

    Bill Ritter Blasted in Page One Denver Post Editorial

    The editorial writers at the Denver Post didn't soft-peddle their displeasure with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter for issuing a November 2 executive order effectively allowing unions to organize bargaining units for state workers -- a move that bypassed the legislature, which is presently dominated b ... More >>

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    June 8, 2007

    Bill O'Reilly is Donald Duck

    It's hard to know who deserves the most blame: Bill O'Reilly's staffers, whose apparent lack of research really hung their boss out to dry, or O'Reilly himself, for blustering on ignorantly in a manner that confirmed just about every negative thing his critics say about him. Then again, the segment ... More >>

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    March 12, 2007

    Words Get in the Way

    When it comes to printing profanities, the Rocky Mountain News is consistently inconsistent, as two recent articles demonstrate. In the Rocky's March 10 issue, media writer Dave Kopel's column equated the approach of Paul Campos, a left leaner who's among the tab's regular opinion-meisters, with th ... More >>

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    February 16, 2006

    Tube Time

    A columnist's latest dirty secret? He watches TV to get his news.

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    May 19, 2005

    The Message

    7th Hell

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    April 28, 2005

    The Message

    Right Pick

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    May 20, 2004

    The Maverick

    Telluride lawman Bill Masters is no dope. So what turned him against the war on drugs?

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    October 23, 2003

    Coloradans Take Aim

    The Second Amendment triggers dialogue.

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    October 2, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of October 2, 2003

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    September 18, 2003

    The Message

    Peeved in Peoria

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    July 10, 2003

    Armed and Dangerous

    Guns, alcohol and tobacco fuel the sport of politics.

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    July 3, 2003

    Independence Day

    The Independence Institute got a jolt from its Italian leaders.

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    May 15, 2003

    The Message

    Coming Attractions

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    October 3, 2002

    What's Left?

    The Post denies accusations of slanted coverage.

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    August 8, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of August 8, 2002

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    July 25, 2002

    Pack Mentality

    A media column about secondhand smoke stirs up a cloud of controversy.

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    May 16, 2002

    Three the Hard Way

    Several high-profile columnists leave the media scene in very different ways.

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    July 26, 2001

    Bleep That

    The FCC's fining of a Colorado radio station is giving broadcasters headaches from coast to coast.

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    September 16, 1999

    Home Is Where the Hurt Is

    Colorado’s Make My Day law was designed to protect homeowners who were forced to kill in self-defense. Here’s who it’s really helped.

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    February 26, 1998
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    February 19, 1998

    A Whole New Ballgame

    The man who drove a stake through Guide the Ride may take aim next at Pat Bowlen's stadium tax.