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  • Violent Crime, Not Police Abuse, Is The Real Threat To Black Americans

    08/22/2014 5:46:24 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 22, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Yesterday’s “Nationwide Day of Rage for Ferguson,” demonstrations that were planned to protest police violence against blacks for the 51 cities across the U.S., was a bust. Is it possible that most blacks believe that violent crime, not the threat of police, is the real danger that threatens black Americans, particularly young black males? The high point of protests was a mere 40 people showing up outside the White House. Some 20 to 30 people showed up in cities such as Boston, Denver, and Des Moines. In places such as St. Louis and Oakland, virtually no one seemed to turn...
  • The facts about Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich and her stalker

    08/13/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2014 | john R. Lott Jr.
    It is often very hard for women who have been victims of sexual type crimes to publicly discuss what has happened to them. Last week in Washington, five women came forward to discuss how gun free zones at colleges have prevented them from defending themselves. From rape and sexual assault, to stalkers, to one woman whose stalker killed her husband, to death threats,these women bravely came forward and talked of the traumas -- all but one telling their story publicly for the first time. One woman's story made national headlines. Taylor Woolrich, a junior at Dartmouth College, has been stalked...
  • Evidence that guns deter: “Knockout game” attacker asks victim if he is armed before hitting him

    08/10/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 10, 2014 | CPRC
    The Florida Times-Union points to how guns deter in an attack on a man on Neptune Beach: "The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the “knockout game.” He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a “Glock.” The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed. "Fearing that the boy would continue to hit him until he was unconscious, the man grabbed at a folding knife that he had tucked into his waistband and pretended to have a gun. The boys fled, and the...
  • Should colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed weapons?

    08/08/2014 9:19:33 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 7, 2014 | Lyndsay Winkley
    Take survey on "Should colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed weapons?" The article is pretty useful also
  • Geraldo Rivera makes a complete mess of the Taylor Woolrich case on Fox News

    08/07/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 7, 2014 | John R Lott
    Taylor Woolrich’s case was discussed on Fox News this afternoon. Unfortunately, Geraldo Rivera was on to discuss Taylor’s case and he was very ill informed about what was happening. Here are just five errors in his discussion. 1) Bennett could be released from jail at any time and Taylor calls up every day to make sure that he hasn’t posted bail. Bennett has hired one of the very best defense lawyers in San Diego county, and apparently has been able to post a large retainer of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the lawyer. His bail is set at $300,000,...
  • Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun

    08/06/2014 11:21:04 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ver the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order. Every day I live with these questions: What if today is the day that my stalker posts bail? What if today is the day that he discovers my parents’ new address? What if I go to a lecture on campus and he shows up there? I feel that I have no control over my life. My family was forced to move. I have had stay indoors, keep drapes...
  • False claims may allow illegal immigrants to stay in the US

    07/29/2014 4:39:07 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Why are tens of thousands of unaccompanied children traveling thousands of miles to the U.S.? Is it to avoid violence? Or is it for a chance to live in a much wealthier country? The answer will likely determine whether they can stay. ADVERTISEMENT Last week, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge cited a government report showing that 219 of 230 illegal immigrants who were interviewed said they came to the U.S. because they thought they could get a free pass to American citizenship. Another study, by the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged that many “are probably seeking economic opportunities in...
  • Explaining why limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets is dangerous

    07/19/2014 12:45:23 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 18, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    CPRC’s op-ed in the Star-Ledger (the largest paper in New Jersey) starts this way: ut there is a reason that gun control supporters, such as Malloy, don’t provide evidence that Christie is factually in the wrong. There have been plenty of studies on assault weapon bans by criminologists and economists alike, but there isn’t any evidence that limiting magazine size helps fight crime. Take the work of two criminology professors, Chris Koper and Jeff Roth. They were hired by the Clinton administration to evaluate the original assault weapons ban, which limited magazines to 10 bullets. They found: “the evidence is...
  • Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

    07/17/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News | john R. Lott Jr.
    Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would "continue to make the case" that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution. But Chicago's problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much...
  • A possible mass public shooting stopped by a concealed carry permit holder

    07/13/2014 12:09:41 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 13, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    It looks like four party goers happened upon some gang members. Fortunately, one of the victims had his permitted concealed handgun. This dramatic defensive gun use got attention in Chicago, but if the permit holder hadn’t been at the scene, having multiple victims shot would have made national news. From the Chicago Tribune: A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the...
  • Mr. Obama, you can’t blame our economic troubles on weather

    07/07/2014 4:16:38 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The economy took a bad hit during the first quarter this year. It shrunk at an annual rate of 2.96 percent. Since the beginning of 1947, there are only 16 of the 268 quarters experienced worse growth. The Obama administration blames the slow growth on the “historically severe winter weather, which temporarily lowered growth.” Jason Furman, the chair of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, made this assertion again on July 3rd and President Obama has made this claim several times. But that doesn’t square with the historic data. The five worst winter storms or winters with the coldest temperatures do...
  • What the Supreme Court still doesn't understand about guns

    06/25/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Lott
    In what’s being hailed by many as a victory for gun-control advocates, the recent Supreme Court decision on “straw” purchases of guns has completely muddled the whole issue of background checks and “straw” purchases for potential gun owners. The court ruled 5-4 that, as The Hill.com put it, “one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another — a practice known as "straw" purchasing. The case heard by the high court involved a Virginia police officer, Bruce Abramski, who bought a gun, a Glock 19 handgun, for his uncle. The police officer, who could get a...
  • Obama making up facts about guns

    06/17/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Lott
    President Obama just can't seem to help himself. Over and over again, he makes exaggerated or false claims about guns and crime. Last year Obama kept asserting the bogus numbers such as “40 percent of all gun purchases take place without a background check.” Besides the study being based on a tiny survey it was started before the Federal background check law went into effect. Moreover, the 40 percent figure referred to all transfers, not just sales, and the vast majority of transfers took place within families through gifts and inheritances. Then, for good measure, Obama added an extra 4...
  • Media feeding frenzy over open carry guns in restaurants much ado about nothing

    06/03/2014 8:03:55 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 03, 2014 | john Lott
    The NRA’s strong statement reprimanding a few people for carrying long guns into restaurants was bound to get media attention. Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and much of the media quickly jumped in and described various restaurants as “asking customers to leave their guns at home.” But their assertions couldn’t be more misleading. The headline at USA Today saying “No Guns Inside” or at MSNBC and Huffington Post saying “No-Gun Policies” are simply wrong. A big deal has been made of Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Wendy's, Applebee's, Chili’s and Sonic’s supposed bans on guns, with Bloomberg’s groups declaring “victory.”...
  • Memo to gun-control advocates: Even Elliot Rodger believed guns would have deterred him

    05/28/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2014
    How can we prevent mass murderers? Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six innocent people this past Friday in California, is causing everyone to ask that question, yet again. Rodger spent over a year and a half meticulously planning his attack. His 141-page “manifesto” makes it clear that he feared someone with a gun could stop him before he was able to kill a lot of people. Consider his discussion about where he thought the best place to attack people was: . . .
  • Typical misinformation put out by Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action on Santa Barbara shooting

    05/25/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 25, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Given the Santa Barbara killers’ hatred of women (though 4 of the 6 people killed were men), it is understandable that the topic of violence against women would be discussed. Not too surprisingly, despite the fact that half of those killed were killed by being stabbed, gun control organizations have been pushing for more gun control. In particular, Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action makes this claim about female victims of firearm homicides. . . . It seems doubtful that Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action could even make this comparison across all countries. The UNODC data allows you to break down murders by...
  • 6 killed, seven wounded in Mass Public Shooting in Santa Barbara, a giant gun-free zone

    05/25/2014 8:29:31 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 24, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    UPDATE: As usual, the media news stories got fundamental facts wrong here. Of particular interest, half the people killed here were stabbed to death. Also, you won’t hear this in the news, the magazines that the killer used were also apparently limited to holding no more than 10 rounds (note that the Sheriff said that all the magazines were legal under California law). Obviously neither point fits the gun control check list. My guess is that because of these points the news media interest in this story will be relatively short lived. UPDATE: The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office had interviewed...
  • Another Round in the Death-Penalty Debate: The Washington Post messes up the math

    05/13/2014 6:01:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | John Lott
    The death-penalty debate goes on. After a piece that I wrote about the debate last week, National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke wrote a response, followed later by a much stronger attack by the Washington Post’s Radley Balko. Cooke’s response was philosophical and drew a distinction between killing someone in self-defense and using the death penalty, though given the evidence that the death penalty deters murders and thus saves lives, that distinction isn’t as clear as he thinks. Balko, a blogger/reporter for the Washington Post, based his reply on empirical evidence. He puts a lot of faith in studies by...
  • Media bias on gun free zones

    05/02/2014 1:43:37 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | John Lott
    Another multiple victim public shooting, yet another attack that occurred where guns are banned. Tuesday’s tragic attack at a FedEx facility in Cobb County, Georgia, left six people injured, with one still in critical condition. The media quickly rushed in with stories about an “assault rifle” being used in the attack. This claim was made everywhere, in stories including the New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and the BBC. But it wasn’t an “assault” weapon. The attack occurred with a shotgun. During the first two days of news coverage, there was a virtual complete media blackout on one of...
  • Save Lives & Deter Criminals — Help start the Crime Prevention Research Center

    04/21/2014 3:15:28 PM PDT · by richardb72
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 21, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control advocates have recently put hundreds of millions of dollars toward "public health" studies, with predetermined outcomes. These studies are beginning to find their way to the main stream media. Soon there will be an avalanche of studies, and their advice puts lives at risk. John Lott is the founder of this organization and is seeking to counter the bogus studies by providing rapid response to the new studies as well as conducting high-quality peer-reviewed academic studies. Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns, has conducted decades of research showing that armed citizens...
  • What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push

    04/17/2014 8:04:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising. With a net worth of $31.2 billion, Bloomberg can afford round-the-clock armed bodyguards, but he doesn’t recognize the need for others to have armed protection. Despite his money, mayors belonging to Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns...
  • After Fort Hood: Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?

    04/09/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 09, 2014 | John Lott
    In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different. Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. But that hasn’t always been the case. The ban itself hasn’t been around that long. It was proposed during the George H.W. Bush administration in 1992 as an effort to make the military a more "professional business-like environment." President Clinton rewrote and implemented the ban in 1993. After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no...
  • Media Matters and TPM mislead over CPRC’s interview on Gun-free zones

    04/05/2014 12:47:03 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 5, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    It is quite flattering that Media Matters and TPM spent so much real estate going after me. Media Matters’ post was at the top of their front page from late morning on Friday until at least midnight (my last check). [UPDATE: As of 2:15 PM on Saturday, their article has been at the very top of their front page for over an entire day.] John Lott’s debate on MSNBC is available here (April 4, 2014 from 10:05 to 10:14 AM (this version has almost the entire exchange, though it doesn’t include Chris Jansing’s introduction and first question)). Unfortunately, Media Matters,...
  • Fort Hood attack: My son, our soldiers, are defenseless, sitting ducks

    04/03/2014 6:03:43 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2014 | John Lott
    The Obama administration hasn’t learned anything from the massacres at Fort Hood in 2009 or the Washington Navy Yard last year. For all my research on how to stop or prevent mass public shootings and all the victims at these attacks that I have talked to over the years, the attack this week at Fort Hood was different. My son Ryan, who is stationed at Fort Hood and recently back from a tour in Afghanistan, was just two blocks from the attack and could hear the shots. However, as was true in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood by Major...
  • Putting America back to work

    03/10/2014 3:57:20 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Sun News Channel ^ | March 7, 2014 | Brian Lilley
    Sun News TV Channel (Canada) dissects what the Obama administration has done to damage the US economy. An explanation is provided about how Obama's "stimulus" program increased unemployment. Video is available here: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/putting-america-back-to-work/3309688467001
  • Study showing Bloomberg lied about gun research

    02/27/2014 5:44:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Fox News
    A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades. The Crime Prevention Research Center study examined how a 1996 decision by Congress to strip funding for firearms research actually impacted the world of academia. To hear national media outlets tell it, the decision led to a drought in research from 1996 to 2013 -- when such funding was once again allowed. Stories from The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters and other outlets all have claimed that Washington, with the backing of the National Rifle...
  • Study cherry picks Missouri gun data to make misleading case for more control

    02/21/2014 9:49:18 AM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2014 | John Lott
    With headlines claiming “Study Shows Gun Control Works,” media outlets such as CBS, MSNBC, PBS, Washington Post, and BBC were breathless over a soon-to-be-released study by Daniel Webster in the Journal of Urban Health. The claim is that when Missouri in 2007 made it easier to buy handguns, the murder rate went up relative to the U.S. murder rate. Prior to August 2007, Missouri law had established what is known as a universal background check, closing down the so-called gun show loophole. While it is true that the murder rate in Missouri rose 17 percent relative to the rest of...
  • Bloomberg's latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality

    02/17/2014 5:17:55 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2014 | John Lott
    Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence? Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage. They claimed that 44 shootings occurred in schools and colleges nationwide since the Newtown, Conn. massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 and Feb. 10 of this year. Out of the 44 shootings, a total of 28...
  • We're looking at 2.5 million discouraged workers thanks to ObamaCare

    02/14/2014 7:29:22 AM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2014 | John Lott
    Tens of millions have lost their health insurance or will very soon lose it. ObamaCare enrollees are being turned away from doctors’ offices. Health insurance premiums are soaring. Others can no longer receive care at top hospitals. Personal information is being stolen from the ObamaCare website. The list of problems goes on and on. To add to that list of problems we now find that ObamaCare will discourage 2.5 million Americans from working, reducing our national income and increasing the deficit. Almost four years after ObamaCare was enacted, Congressional Budget Office finally decided: “In producing this year’s projections, one area...
  • ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans

    02/07/2014 10:22:01 AM PST · by richardb72 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 07, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns. Last week, on January 31, ABC News saturated its news programs with the alleged danger of gun ownership. It started early in the day with a segment on “Good Morning America,” then came a report on the evening news, and finally an entire hour devoted to the subject on "20/20." The reports all focused on the dangers guns pose for children. Although a producer for ABC News spent hours asking me questions about...
  • One year after Newtown, support for stricter gun control has disappeared

    12/13/2013 5:26:17 PM PST · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2013 | Fox News
    President Obama has pushed hard for gun control this year and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars on ads, but the administration’s promise to coordinate “a November lobbying effort and plan events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut” has gotten little traction. Last year the Newtown shooting, with it horrific slaughter, lead to an immediate national movement for gun control. But that was short-lived, and opposition to gun control is currently very strong. Indeed, it appears to be the strongest in decades. A recent CNN poll finds the highest level of opposition to...
  • NFL hypocrisy -- Bloomberg anti-gun ads ok but ad about ‘protection’ is banned?

    12/05/2013 5:44:29 PM PST · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 4, 2013 | Fox News
    New York City Mayor and gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg sure knows how to get his way. This week the NFL, after featuring anti-gun ads during the last two Super Bowls, it decided that an ad offering the opposite point of view in the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 was just too much. The NFL turned down an ad from a company called "Daniel Defense" which sells guns and outdoor gear that discussed "personal protection and fundamental rights." It featured a former Marine talking his family's safety, noting that he is ultimately responsible for their protection. Unlike Bloomberg’s...
  • Blame the Dems for blocking judges | New York Post

    11/21/2013 2:25:07 AM PST · by richardb72 · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 21, 2013 | John Lott
    President Obama’s timing could have been better. Only two weeks ago in Texas, at a fundraiser, he bragged about “remaking the courts.” Obama told the audience: “In addition to the Supreme Court, we’ve been able to nominate and confirm judges of extraordinary quality all across the country on federal benches. We’re actually, when it comes to the district court, matching the pace of previous presidents. When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind, and we’re just going to keep on focused on it.” This was quite a change from June, when he accused Republicans of...
  • New gun rules for Neighborhood Watch in Sanford, Fla. about race, politics not saving lives

    11/05/2013 11:08:15 AM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 5, 2013 | John Lott
    When lives are on the line, what saves lives -- not politics – should guide policy. Gun control advocates used to warn about blood in the streets if we didn’t tighten gun laws, but as concealed handgun permits in the U.S. have doubled from 2007 to now, murder rates have fallen by 18 percent. Enter a new strategy: playing the race card, along with claims that allowing people to defend themselves means that whites will hurt blacks. But this strategy ignores the crucial fact that blacks kill over 91 percent of blacks and that whites kill 84 percent of whites....
  • Are you a racist if you own a gun?

    11/01/2013 6:13:01 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 84 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | John Lott
    If you believe a new study, whites who own guns do so because they harbor racist feelings towards blacks. Indeed, in the study, four Australian and British psychologists also claim that racism is associated with opposition to gun control. The lead paragraph on this study in Friday's New York Daily News summed up the claim this way: "Racism and guns go together." So how is racism measured? Well, you are apparently “racist” if you don't agree that the legacy of slavery still has a great impact on how blacks are faring today. After all, slavery was abolished 158 years ago....
  • Gutfeld: Does owning a gun make you a racist?

    11/01/2013 5:46:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | Greg Gutfeld
    Gutfeld nails nonsense in study linking gun ownership, racism
  • Chicago Tribune opinion piece for Tuesday’s Senate hearing: “In defense of stand your ground laws”

    10/28/2013 5:55:00 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2013 | John Lott
    As Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Judiciary subcommittee hears testimony on “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, charges of racial discrimination will be the central focus. Two black women, one of them Trayvon Martin’s mom, are expected to testify about losing their sons to gunshots by white or Hispanic men. It’s anticipated that a Harvard law professor will also emphasize race. This racial angle is nothing new. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have already weighed in, linking race and these laws. Nevertheless, Trayvon Martin’s tragic death, which motivated this debate, had nothing to do with stand your ground laws....
  • Book Discussion on Dumbing Down the Courts

    10/20/2013 12:30:18 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | John Lott
    John Lott talked about his book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench, in which he argues that partisan politicians don’t like to confirm smart judges from the other political party because they’re afraid that smart judges have the ability to influence other judges. In his book, he says that judges who graduated in the top 10 percent of their law classes have much longer confirmation processes than judges who don’t. The discussion has implications for a range of issues before the courts such as gun control. He spoke at an event hosted by...
  • Obama, other Democrats all wrong about Republican obstruction of judicial nominees

    10/16/2013 1:58:05 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Lott
    The Senate Judiciary committee will vote on either Wednesday or Thursday whether to confirm Robert Wilkins, President Obama’s nominee to the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals -- the court often referred to after the Supreme Court as the “second highest court” in the country. President Obama has spared little rhetoric in threatening Republicans should they dare defeat or delay Wilkins’ nomination. When Wilkins was nominated in June, Obama accused Republicans of being “cynically” engaging in “unprecedented”obstruction of judicial nominations. Democrats claim that any fair consideration would guarantee Wilkins’ quick confirmation. After all, as they point out, Wilkins was quickly...
  • CNN’s Piers Morgan, talking himself into trouble

    10/14/2013 9:05:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 14 at 5:05 pm | Erik Wemple
    Jonathan Wald has a difficult job. He’s executive producer of Piers Morgan’s show on CNN, a set of duties that include taming a volatile and sometimes rude television personality. In an “extract” from his new book “Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God and George Clooney” published in the Guardian, Morgan describes an incident when Wald’s counsel came into play. . . .
  • Bad Judgment

    10/13/2013 8:19:21 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    National Review Online ^ | OCTOBER 28, 2013 | John Fund
    It’s been over a quarter-century since Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court became a defining moment in the confirmation of federal judges. Since the distinguished judge and former Yale Law professor was “borked” by demagogic personal attacks and blocked from the Court, confirmation battles have grown uglier and more protracted. John Lott, an economist who has written thought-provoking books on everything from gun control to the federal budget, says the pitched battles over court nominations are having real-world consequences. He argues that our federal courts are being intellectually degraded as politicians in both parties try to keep the brightest...
  • What we've learned from the very partial government slimdown

    10/13/2013 11:05:59 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2013 | John Lott
    even during the temporary and partial government shutdown, we are spending more than when President Obama took office. . . . .
  • Which current Supreme Court justices are DUMB by historical standards?

    09/26/2013 9:04:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/26/2013 | JAMIE WEINSTEIN
    Courts are being dumbed down because politicians are trying to keep the smartest and most persuasive judges off the bench, argues conservative economist John Lott in his recently released book, ”Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Justices Off the Bench.” “While confirmations have been getting tougher for all the nominees, smarter, more influential nominees have had the hardest time getting confirmed,” Lott told The Daily Caller in an interview about his book. “There is a simple reason for this. Judges who understand the law and are articulate may be able to convince other judges hearing cases to...
  • NO ROOM FOR ACCOMPLISHED INTELLIGENCE IN JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    09/26/2013 6:44:54 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 25, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In his newest book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps The Smartest Judges Off The Bench, John R. Lott, Jr. examines the increasing role of courts in American life and the consequent difficulty excellence judicial nominees face over confirmation—especially if they are not invested in liberal ideology. Lott shows that we have reached a point where the more fit a nominee is for the bench—via his or her accomplishments, educational honors, and experience—the more unfit he or she may be viewed in the confirming process. And this is more true for Republican nominees than for Democrats. Lott examines how...
  • Are politics dumbing down America's courts?

    09/21/2013 3:05:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 21, 2013 | Tucker Carlson
    Discussion on Fox & Friends about how those being confirmed to judgeships aren't as smart as they used to be http://video.foxnews.com/v/2684096555001/are-politics-dumbing-down-americas-courts/
  • Bigger government becomes dumber government becomes mediocre judges

    09/18/2013 6:20:18 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Washington Examiners ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Unless you are a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, you probably have never heard of Lillian BeVier. BeVier graduated at the top of her class from Stanford Law School in 1965, where she worked as an editor of the prestigious Stanford Law Review. She went on to receive multiple distinguished awards throughout her career in private practice before joining the University of Virginia law faculty in 1973. By 1991, she was the perfect candidate with ideal credentials when President George H.W. Bush nominated her for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet...
  • Jobs numbers reflect another bleak month for American workers

    09/06/2013 4:08:39 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 06, 2013 | John Lott
    Friday’s new job numbers show something workers already knew: they face a very bleak job market. Unfortunately, Americans have been facing tough times for many years now. According to the latest Gallup poll, Obama’s job approval rating on the economy stands at just 35 percent. After over four years, this continues to be, by far, the worst recovery on record. And that goes for income as well as for job growth. Too often the media’s gauge of whether the economy is improving rests solely on the number of jobs created or the unemployment rate. And indeed, 169,000 jobs were added...
  • The truth about Obama's new executive orders targeting guns

    08/30/2013 12:25:45 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 29, 2013 | John Lott
    It sure sounds scary. "Military weapons" being reimported back into the United States. Or people getting guns without background checks. But the reception being given President Obama's two new executive orders on guns largely relies on ignorance of how the current rules work. The president's executive order banning the reimportation of "military weapons" really only affects old M-1 Garand 30-06 rifles. These rifles have been used in the Civilian Marksmanship Program program and are mainly purchased by collectors. At one time they were "military weapons," but they were used in World War II and the Korean War. No other US-made...
  • What liberal media won't tell you -- blacks benefit most from Stand Your Ground laws

    07/31/2013 11:37:27 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 31, 2013 | Sherwin Lott & John Lott
    Stand Your Ground laws have become a racial issue in the aftermath of the not guilty . President Obama and Attorney General Holder have weighed in, linking race and these laws. On ABC News' "This Week," radio talk show host Travis Smiley declared what many think: "It appears to me, and I think many other persons in this country that you can in fact stand your ground unless you are a black man." And they seem to have some evidence of this, now that the Tampa Bay Times has reviewed Florida's court cases to find “defendants claiming ‘stand your ground’...
  • C-SPAN Debate on Stand Your Ground Laws

    07/24/2013 1:05:49 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Jul 20, 2013 | John Lott & Jon Lowy
    Following the link leads you here: John Lott and Jon Lowy discussed “stand your ground” laws in states throughout the nation, the Castle Doctrine, and what the impact of such laws has been. They also reacted to a video clip of President Obama’s statement the previous day about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/StandY