Law

Paternity Suits

I dream of a world where every child is wanted, and all parents are voluntary.

I dream of a world with fewer people, less pollution and less discrimination.

Here's how I think we can get there.

Give men a limited time to irrevocably decide whether

  1. to accept the rights and responsibilities of parenthood, or
  2. be treated like a father who died or is unknown.

This would reduce discrimination.

Women have not been forced into parenthood since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

To be fair, men should not either.

The Constitution's 14th Amendment requires equal protection.

Removing child support and the financial incentive for women to trick or trap men into fatherhood should also reduce the birth rate, overpopulation, and pollution.

Some people call this proposal “Choice for Men”.

In 2005, I introduced a paternity suit defendant to a media expert and a lawyer with experience in federal court.

We challenged Michigan's discriminatory paternity law in Federal Court.

We argued that it violated the equal protection clause of the Constitution's 14th Amendment.

The case was widely reported as "Roe v. Wade for Men".

Paternity Fraud

I visited my state's capitol to try to stop an ancient injustice called “paternity fraud”. It's basically when a woman lies about who the dad is, and the wrong guy pays for it. WA senator Jan Angels's S.B. 5006 would allow modern DNA evidence to overturn child support orders. You can evidently watch the hearing itself "here". I think it may be the second bill at the link.

Gun Control

Combining Ten Jurisdictions Reveals The Net Effect Of Gun Control Laws On Murder Rates Was Statistically Insignificant

Firearms have existed for centuries, and murder since the dawn of recorded time. However, there's still no consensus on whether gun control laws save lives. Some studies say they do. Others say they don't, or worse. To try to reconcile the contradictions, I tested the statistical hypothesis that gun control laws affect murder rates in America. I pooled data from ten jurisdictions that passed gun control laws, spread over a hundred years, thousands of miles and millions of people. The rest of the nation served as the statistical control. I found that murder rates tended to rise after gun control laws went into effect, but the rise was small compared to the variation otherwise seen between jurisdictions. Overall, the net effect of gun control laws on murder rates was statistically insignificant (p=0.38).

The full text of my scholarly paper is here and the (gnumeric) spread sheet I used is here.