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  • Why judicial-confirmation battles keep getting more vicious

    09/25/2018 10:24:59 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | September 25, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Judicial confirmations have become a blood sport. Wasn’t it just weeks ago at John McCain’s funeral that Democrats were calling for more civility in politics? We never used to fight so much over Supreme Court nominations. Eighty-seven justices were nominated between 1789 and 1950, and the time from nomination to Senate vote averaged just over eleven days. But this changed dramatically over the next half century. From 1951 through 1975, the average confirmation process increased to more than 50 days. Between 1976 and the present, it has averaged at least 75 days (the average rises to 90 days if we...
  • Mass Shootings in America: Anatomy of a Hyped Statistic

    09/04/2018 6:21:24 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 4, 2018 | Carl Cannon
    Three years ago, which means it was before the mass murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs -- but after Sandy Hook Elementary and Fort Hood -- a University of Alabama professor sought to answer a chilling public policy question: Do countries other than the U.S. experience anything approaching America’s mayhem at the hands of shooters who randomly slaughter people in public places? The researcher’s name is Adam Lankford, and his answer was unequivocal. No, it only happens here, he proclaimed in a much-quoted 2016 academic paper. America, he said, stands alone. From...
  • ‘Mass shooting’ reported at Jacksonville Landing in Florida at another Gun-free zone

    08/26/2018 12:05:30 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 168 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 26, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    News 4 Jacksonville reports: "Sources say at least eleven people have been shot and four are dead after a shooting at the Jacksonville Landing Sunday afternoon. Police urge everyone to stay away from the area because it is not safe. Early reports say they were shot inside a game room at the Chicago Pizza and others may have been wounded in the gunfire. . . ." The Jacksonville Landing "Rules of Conduct" ban permitted concealed handguns on their grounds: "Possession of a weapon, even if legally carried (except by law enforcement officers) is absolutely prohibited on Landing property." Don't expect the media...
  • Anti-Trump media can't handle 'the truth' as it piles on Giuliani comment

    08/20/2018 1:49:20 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The anti-Trump media are in an uproar about a comment by President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that “truth isn’t truth.” News reports have taken Giuliani’s comment completely out of context – showing that many in the media really don’t care about the truth. As part of the media pile-on attacking Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, CNN’s Brian Stelter warned: “For a part of the country’s population, the truth is not the truth anymore. President Trump’s accomplishment has been to destroy the notion of the commonly accepted set of facts. The truth is...
  • A good guy with a gun has saved many lives in Florida – something the media rarely report

    08/07/2018 1:42:10 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Thankfully, a heroic citizen with a permit to legally carry a concealed handgun was able to save countless lives in Florida Saturday when he shot a gunman who opened fire on a back-to-school event attended by over 150 students at a park in Titusville, Florida. The media rarely give national news coverage to incidents like this, but responsible gun owners have stepped forward in this way many times before to save lives. In fact, concealed handgun permit holders have prevented dozens of mass public shootings just in recent years, while receiving only brief mentions in local news coverage. Fortunately, only...
  • Here’s why restrictions on 3D guns would violate the First Amendment as well as the Second

    07/31/2018 6:49:20 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates don’t just have a problem with the Second Amendment – they also have real problems with the First Amendment. In an era when people can use 3D metal printers to make guns, does the First Amendment protect a book detailing a gun manufacturing process – but not computer file that does the same thing? The question has become particularly urgent. The computer programs that tell 3D printers how to produce these guns are scheduled to be legally downloadable Wednesday. Late Monday, Democratic attorneys general in eight states and the District of Columbia filed for an emergency injunction...
  • Here’s the real reason Democrats are so scared about Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court

    07/28/2018 6:53:53 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Democrats are getting hysterical about the prospect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh being seated on the Supreme Court. Most of their hyperventilating is nonsense. In a desperate attempt to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate, the Democrats are making wild claims that abortion would be banned, people would be dying in the streets, and the president would gain immunity from investigation and prosecution if Kavanaugh joins the nation’s highest court. Time for a reality check. Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the facts about the judge who President Trump has nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony...
  • Trump Administration signs agreement making major blow to gun control

    07/20/2018 3:13:27 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 20, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The federal government has finally recognized the obvious – that sharing instructions on how to make guns with 3D printers counts as constitutionally protected speech. Despite little fanfare, this is an important victory for First Amendment rights. It also represents a real blow to the increasingly futile cause of gun control. The U.S. Justice Department announced a legal settlement and its surrender to the First Amendment arguments July 10 made in a case brought by Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed. Wilson, 25, created a ruckus in May 2013 when he announced his successful design of a plastic gun. In...
  • Gun control advocates are hyperventilating over Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination

    07/16/2018 2:38:07 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates are hyperventilating over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun rights group, Everytown for Gun Safety, warned: “Judge Kavanaugh has applied an extreme and dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment when determining whether a law is constitutional, one that does not take into account a law’s impact on public safety.” Since the Supreme Court’s last gun control case in 2010, the court has turned away at least 15 gun-rights cases, including several challenges to prohibitions on semi-automatic assault rifles and on public carry of firearms. Gun control advocates hoped that...
  • Get ready for a surge of illegal migration courtesy of Mexico's new president

    07/08/2018 5:07:03 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 8, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Coasting to victory on promises to reign in rampant corruption, Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has sent shock waves through the Americas. Few realize that his election is likely to increase the number of low-income, low-skill illegal aliens coming to the United States. Obrador admires Cuba and former Chilean socialist leader Salvador Allende. Venezuela’s socialist dictator Hugo Chávez helped with previous presidential campaigns by providing advisors and Venezuelan ambassador reportedly attended meetings with Obrador supporters. While Mexican presidential candidates have long supported illegal aliens coming to the United States, Obrador’s rhetoric has been different. Instead of campaigning on the...
  • A Simple Rule Regarding Kennedy Replacement

    07/03/2018 4:36:31 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 3, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Here is a simple rule: you can judge the caliber of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by how angry the Democrats get. The smarter and more influential the nominee, in an important sense the more qualified they are, the angrier Democrats will get. This past Wednesday, within hours of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that Democrats will fight against any nominee picked from “President Trump’s pre-ordained list selected by powerful special interests.” It is irrelevant that Trump ran on that list of 25 nominees or that 21 percent of voters considered U.S. Supreme...
  • The media just can't stop lying about Trump

    06/21/2018 11:42:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    President Trump's half-hour, impromptu interview on Fox & Friends on last Friday sent the media’s fact checkers into overdrive this weekend. Everyone from PolitiFact to the New York Times to virtually all the Sunday morning national talk shows piled on, calling Trump a liar. But the media can’t stop lying about what the president says. Sometimes it can’t distinguish a legitimate point of disagreement from a lie. It is no wonder that people have tuned out much of the constant attacks on Trump. Just take the hyperbole on Sunday’s Meet the Press. Before playing a compilation of clips from Trump’s...

    06/20/2018 5:31:44 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 20, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Many members of the media act like leaks of government information are coming from whistleblowers who are compelled by their consciences to do the right thing. But over the last week, that image has taken a real beating. It has recently surfaced that New York Times reporter Ali Watkins may have had an affair with James Wolfe, the former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Wolfe is 32 years her senior. The New York Times is still investigating, but there appears to be a real concern that the “meteoric” and “stunning” rise of Watkins as a star reporter may...
  • New NJ gun laws don’t make us safer

    06/14/2018 10:55:34 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    The gun control bills that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed this week won’t save lives. If anything, it will lead to more crime and death. The laws aim to keep firearms out of the wrong hands, expand background checks, and reduce magazine size. But at best, the new laws will harass otherwise law-abiding New Jerseyans and make it difficult for the poor to defend themselves. Take the so-called Red Flag law. This law will allow the government to take away people’s guns without even a hearing before a judge -- something that most states currently require. When people “really”...
  • Democrats seek to restrict gun rights by targeting financial institutions

    06/13/2018 2:13:31 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    If liberals can’t silence self-defense advocates or pass the gun control laws that they want, they will keep you from using your credit cards to buy guns or accessories. They also will prevent firearm makers from getting financing. At first this was a matter of government policy, but now it is coming about by political pressure on private companies. In 2013, the Obama administration initiated Operation Choke Point, which utilized the banking industry to “choke off” the ability of certain “fraudulent” businesses in “high-risk” sectors to operate by cutting off their access to financial services. Many in the gun industry...
  • No evidence to support the efficacy of more gun control

    06/01/2018 11:10:05 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 1, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates seem willing to latch onto anything they can use to justify more stringent laws. They were at it again in the wake of the recent Santa Fe High School shooting. In the New York Times last Thursday, Nicholas Kristof pushed for 10 supposedly “modest” gun control measures. Everyone wants to do something to stop mass public shootings. Kristof is right that fewer school doors aren’t the solution. Schools have as many entrances as they do for a reason (such as escaping fires). One door with a metal detector won't help if the guard is the first person...
  • What Is The Religion Of Mass Public Shooters?

    05/26/2018 4:57:17 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 26, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    After the attack at the Santa Fe High School, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick denounced a loss of faith and religion in society. While the news media puts the lives of these mass public killers under a microscope, collecting any information that can be gleaned about their childhoods from their family and friends and social media history, researchers have ignored the religious views of these killers. What is most shocking is how few of these killers appear to be religious, let alone Christian. Just 16 percent have any type of religious affiliation at the time of their attacks, with a...
  • Locking guns won’t do anything to save lives

    05/24/2018 4:19:45 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 24, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    After Friday’s attack at Santa Fe High School, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick forcefully told people of their “responsibility” to lock up their guns. We all want to do something, but everyone locking up their guns will cost more lives than it saves. Santa Fe High School had received an award for school safety but it was helpless to stop this latest nightmare. We need to rethink school safety. Despite this year’s attacks, deaths from school shootings have actually declined over the last few decades. Still, that doesn’t take away at all from the seriousness of the problem we face....
  • Television entertainment shows' portrayal of gun ownership is inaccurate and biased

    05/10/2018 1:44:55 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The media’s pro-gun control bias doesn’t just distort news coverage. TV networks have used their primetime entertainment shows to portray gun rights advocates as dishonest, extremist and unconcerned about the loss of innocent lives. At the same time, advocates of gun control are portrayed as caring, upstanding and responsible citizens. The gun control debate isn’t portrayed as having two sides. It’s a morality play of good versus evil. NBC might be the worst network, but it’s a tight race. It seems to have given marching orders to its TV writers to churn out scripts demonizing law-abiding gun owners and lionizing...
  • Did You Read Obama’s Essay Commending Student Gun Control Enthusiasts? It Was CRINGE-INDUCING

    04/29/2018 11:25:55 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 27, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    For those who may have forgotten, Barack Obama reminded many last week what made him such a polarizing president. In a Time magazine essay commending student gun control activists, Obama resorted to his typical name-calling and false statements. The former President sympathized with students who “see the NRA and its allies—whether mealymouthed [sic] politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories—as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay.” Trump has never used even remotely similar language to attack gun control proponents. Obama complained, “The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists...