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  • Trump Administration signs agreement making major blow to gun control

    07/20/2018 3:13:27 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 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 · 14 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...
  • Waffle House shooting illustrates the danger posed by gun-free zones

    04/29/2018 11:21:26 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Another mass public shooting in another gun-free zone, and yet again the media ignores it. Right at the front of the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee was a sign prohibiting firearms. But none of the news media, neither national nor local, reported that fact. Even having a president who finally emphasizes the dangers of gun-free zones for mass public shootings isn’t enough to get the press to consider this newsworthy. Almost immediately, the media was telling Americans all sorts of other details. We knew what type of gun was used. We learned that the killer had his gun confiscated...
  • Why we should have armed teachers

    04/24/2018 2:42:18 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 24, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Should teachers and staff at schools be armed? John Stossel and Maxim Lott put together a video analyzing the question. The CPRC’s research was used in putting the video together. More information on concealed handguns at schools is available here. There were a couple of nitpicks with the discussion. The accidental discharge in California occurred at a firearms training class outside of normal school hours. It was not a typical school environment. It would also have been helpful if the video mentioned that 18 states currently have teachers and staff who can carry permitted concealed handguns, though the rules vary...
  • Let us save lives by putting more guns in the hands of teachers

    04/09/2018 8:57:53 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The polls indicate that Americans support more gun control right now, but are also very skeptical that more gun control will reduce violence or mass public shootings. We typically see such increased support temporarily after mass public shootings. To win the debate, proponents of the right to self-defense must explain how their proposals are practical. They must explain how gun control actually makes people more vulnerable to attack. Everyone wants to do something about mass public shootings. But while gun control advocates call for more gun control within an hour of attacks, such as the high school shooting in Parkland,...
  • Responding to Vox’s: “America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts”

    04/04/2018 12:18:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 3, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    An article at Vox has gained attention for illustrating America’s “unique gun violence problem” in 17 maps and charts. Below, we will respond to the individual graphs below on Vox’s terms. But there are a lot of assumptions behind Vox’s graphs. Often, just one or two public health studies are cited to make a particular point, without discussing any of the known weaknesses with these studies. It would also be valuable for Vox to acknowledge and critique research that reaches the opposite conclusions. Economists focus on the notion of substitution. If you take away guns, people might commit suicides or...
  • March for Our Lives: Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won’t save lives

    03/24/2018 9:58:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    America continues to mourn the 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. There is an understandable emotional desire to “do something” in response – but without evaluating what the “something” will actually accomplish. This is the driving force behind the March for Our Lives taking place Saturday in Washington. The motivations of many people taking part in the Washington event and other demonstrations around the country are sincere. But before we “do something,” we need to stop and think: what is the most sensible thing we should do? What will...
  • 2nd Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress

    03/22/2018 3:00:15 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love. All of this is wrapped up in the giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives approved Thursday on a 256-167 vote and sent to the Senate. Just before President Obama left office, his administration finalized new regulations banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances. About 10 percent of all people...
  • Congressmen explain the problem with false positives in the NICS System

    03/22/2018 2:56:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 22, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) testified before the House Rules Committee on the Fix NICS portion of the Omnibus Spending Bill. Massie and Perry provide powerful statements on the “false positives” in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system. Here is an example of how Crime Prevention Research Center research makes a difference. Unfortunately, the House still passed this legislation as part of the Omnibus-spending bill. View video