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  • Comparing the Global Rate of Mass Public Shootings to the U.S.’s and Changes Over time

    11/24/2018 3:13:16 PM PST · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | November 22, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Please download a copy of this important new report: Abstract The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States. Over the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within our country. By our count, the US makes up less than 1.15% of the mass public shooters, 1.49% of their murders, and 2.20% of their attacks. All these are...
  • The Media, Democrats were apoplectic about Trump's response to Pittsburgh shooting

    11/02/2018 10:28:08 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 1, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The media and Democrats were apoplectic about President Trump’s comments after the horrific shooting attack at the Pittsburgh synagogue. For the most part, the media viewed his condolences as pitch-perfect. What upset them were Trump’s remarks about gun control. When asked whether the shooting meant that we should have more gun laws, Trump responded, “Well, again, this has little to do with it. If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better. This is a dispute that will always exist, I suspect.” A New York Times news article referred to “the president’s assertion that gun laws had...
  • Dr. John Lott's thoughts on the mass public shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue

    10/28/2018 11:36:00 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 27, 2018 | John R Lott Jr Trump: “If they had some type of protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation. They didn’t.” Another mass public shooting. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones and friends at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue. Fortunately, we finally have a president who understands how to stop these attacks. These gun-free zones serve as magnets for these attacks. Killers go to where victims are defenseless. When are we ever going to learn that virtually all these mass public shootings occur in places where people aren’t allowed to protect themselves....
  • Fight over Kavanaugh got attention, but Dem appointees remain in firm control of fed Circuit courts.

    10/14/2018 2:59:57 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 14, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Republicans are ecstatic and Democrats are livid about Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. But while the Supreme Court is important, many Americans tend to exaggerate its powers. Democrats still firmly control the nation’s district courts and circuit courts of appeals, where virtually all federal judicial decisions are made. Even if Republicans keep control of the Senate in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the balance of power on these courts isn't going to change in the next two years. The Supreme Court grants oral arguments to about 80 cases a year. The nation’s highest court decides another...
  • Brazilian candidate Bolsonaro winning over voters with promise to “Give guns to good people”

    10/10/2018 6:49:07 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | October 9, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Brazil has the highest murder rate of any developed country, so it isn’t surprising that people want to do something to protect themselves. “Right-wing” presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro won 46% of the vote in the first round election this past Sunday, massively outdoing the second place candidate for the Workers Party who got only 29.3%. The media has characterized Bolsonaro’s solution as a “simple recipe for ending violence.” Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple — though radical — solutions to eradicating violence in one...
  • Why is the Kavanaugh Supreme Court fight so vicious? Because government is too important

    09/30/2018 8:26:43 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 30, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is right that Senate’s confirmation process is "a national disgrace." The damage done to Kavanaugh’s family is horrific. Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was clear: “What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020.” The threats and vicious messages that his family and Christine Blasey Ford have received are a national embarrassment. Hopefully, everyone other than the most partisan Americans wants to fix this and stop it from ever happening again. But the question is how? What went wrong? The problem has been getting worse...
  • 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”...