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  • Wolf should reconsider veto of school gun bill

    04/24/2017 11:44:27 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 24, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Gov. Wolf wants to protect schools from mass public shootings by hiring “trained security professionals like school resource or police officers.” But a bill passed last week by the Senate Education Committee would allow school boards to let staff carry on school property as long as they have a concealed handgun permit and have gone through police-related firearms training. Wolf has already promised to veto the bill. The governor should reconsider. Letting teachers and staff carry concealed handguns is nothing new in the United States, and there has been good reason for allowing it. Police virtually always arrive after an...
  • Here's the real reason why Democrats have been so partisan about Trump's pick

    04/06/2017 8:17:27 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Some ask why Democrats are filibustering Judge Gorsuch, who has received accolades from even some of the most partisan, liberal lawyers. But a clash is inevitable — if not over this Supreme Court nominee, then surely over the next. Democrats are about to launch the first, partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, forcing an end to Senate rules that have helped foster centuries of bipartisanship. But while everyone is discussing the partisanship over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation, the real question is being ignored: what has caused this increased rancor? There is a lot at stake. In fact, there is...
  • Zero tolerance craziness on guns: 5-Year-Old Girl Suspended From Kindergarten

    03/29/2017 10:44:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 53 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 29, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The video above is from Fox & Friends. The question is: Why do public schools so want to terrify students about guns? Here is the text of a short op-ed that Dr. John Lott wrote for the Los Angeles Times in 2001. The piece is as relevant now as it was then. . . . Here is a local TV station story from North Carolina: HOKE COUNTY (WTVD) — A local mother is outraged after her 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school because of a stick that resembled a gun. Caitlin Miller returned to school Tuesday after her one-day suspension....
  • Travel ban makes sense in some cases

    03/27/2017 4:44:54 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 27, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Last week, government officials banned most carry-on electronic devices from U.S.-bound flights originating in more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African countries. The reason was due to an increase in terror threats. No judges are stopping the ban on electronic devices. No states are suing because the law discriminates against predominantly Muslim countries. Most everyone accepts that our security agencies can look out for us when they perceive a real threat from certain countries. Last February, a bomb disguised as a laptop computer damaged an aircraft taking off from the Somali capital, Mogadishu. But just because we can successfully...
  • Even after being caught, CDC still hasn't corrected accidental gun death data in database

    03/22/2017 9:32:36 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 20, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    In January 2016, Dr. John Lott contacted the CDC to alert them to a mistake in their numbers for 2014 on accidental gun deaths. The total was clearly a 100 larger than it actually was (the error arose because of mistakes in Tennessee’s data, and the mistake was so large it noticeably impacted the national number accidental deaths that year, raising the reported number from 486 to 586). Finally, in October 2016, the CDC acknowledged their error, but they never corrected the data on the website. Unfortunately, since they never made the corrections, others are making mistakes when they use...
  • Video of Black Florida Concealed Handgun Permit Holder Saving life of White Sheriff Deputy

    03/19/2017 5:31:27 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 19, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    On March 15th, 2017, the Florida State Attorney's Office released a video of Ashad Russell, a Florida resident with a concealed handgun permit, fatally shooting another man, Edward Strother, who was attacking a Lee County, Florida Sheriff Deputy Dean Bardes. Prosecutors had cleared Russell of criminal charges on February 15th, 2017. The shooting was found justified because the deputy's life was determined to be in danger. The case stems from an incident that occurred on November 15, 2016. The Florida State Attorney's Office just released cell phone video of the event. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott wrote this on his...
  • In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns. Here's why

    03/13/2017 4:25:03 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    During the 8 years he was president, Barack Obama’s administration experienced an explosion in gun sales, with annual background checks more than doubling between 2008 and 2016. In the eighteen months leading up to the 2016 election, gun sales set one new record after another. So when a pro-Second Amendment candidate won the election most observers figured that gun sales would at last begin to drop. But it hasn’t worked out that way. Conventional wisdom held that the sharp rise in gun sales over the course of Obama’s presidency was supposedly driven, at least in part, by the threat of...
  • Update on Constitutional Carry this Year, with good chances in at least three more states

    03/10/2017 8:58:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 10, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    After New Hampshire enacted Constitutional Carry, similar bills are still under consideration and a chance in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and South Carolina. The bill is still under consideration in South Dakota, but the governor in South Dakota has already indicated that he will veto the bill. As of right now, there is still a chance for 16 to 17 states having Constitutional Carry by the end of the year. Alabama: Will likely be voted on in the state Senate during the week of March 13th. Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill, SB 24, with a 6-3 vote on March...
  • 'Stand Your Ground' laws: The facts don't support fears of armed citizens

    03/09/2017 11:24:54 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) ^ | March 7, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg says that “Stand Your Ground” laws amount to “shoot first, ask questions later.” In fact, as the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear in testimony today, Stand Your Ground laws do not allow the initiation of force. Since the response must be proportionate to the threat, a defendant cannot shoot unless he is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death. Or, at least, a reasonable person must have cause to perceive such a grave threat. Prior to Stand Your Ground, citizens have had to retreat as far as possible...
  • CPRC Testimony before the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety on Stand Your Ground bill

    03/09/2017 11:19:55 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 9, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott testified to the Minnesota state House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy on Stand Your Ground bill. See also his discussion on the op-ed page in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune available here.
  • Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule

    03/04/2017 6:08:16 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 4, 2017 | Paul Orgel & John R Lott Jr
    Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases. Video https://www.c-span.org/video/?424766-4/washington-journal-john-lott-discusses-background-checks-gun-purchases
  • Here is a simple rule of thumb for understanding Democrats opposition to Supreme Court Nominee

    01/31/2017 2:24:10 PM PST · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Here is a simple rule of thumb: 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. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that he will fight “tooth and nail” against any nominee who isn't "mainstream." But Trump gave voters his list of potential nominees and election exit polls show that 21 percent of voters considered U.S. Supreme Court appointments to be the most important factor in casting their votes. Tracking federal...
  • Brussels Is Wrong on Guns:Instead of passing bans terrorists will ignore,arm off-duty police

    01/31/2017 2:20:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Strict new European gun-control regulations will take another step on Thursday when a committee of the European Parliament votes on a set of measures. The Parliament and the European Commission already have agreed to the proposal in principle. Prompted by terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, these regulations would prohibit the civilian use of most semiautomatic firearms. As is typical of such laws, however, they will do nothing to prevent the kind of attacks being used to justify them. The proposed Firearms Directive would, among other things, ban various semiautomatic guns and magazines greater than 10 or 20 rounds, depending...
  • Yet another case where a concealed handgun permit holder saved a police officer

    01/14/2017 1:40:29 PM PST · by richardb72 · 16 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | January 13, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    A concealed handgun permit holder saved a police officer who was being ambushed in Arizona at I-10 in Tonopah (January 12, 2017). From the UK Daily Mail: When he started to block lanes and put out flares, a suspect ambushed him, opening fire then physically attacking him. The trooper was shot at least once near his chest and fought to the ground by the suspect. The man was on top of the officer and ‘getting the better of him,’ slamming the trooper’s head into the pavement. That’s when the passerby spotted the altercation and asked the officer if he needed...
  • After this year, there will be 16 or 17 States allowing carrying concealed handguns without a permit

    01/14/2017 1:35:53 PM PST · by richardb72 · 32 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | January 14, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    With Missouri, West Virginia, and Idaho enacting Constitutional Carry laws last year, twelve states allow people to carry without a permit in all or virtually all their states. This includes Montana that allows people to carry in about 99.4% of the state. And 2017 is shaping up as a banner year for passing more of these laws. States that are about to pass these laws include: Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Tennessee is considering allowing “open carry” without a permit, though that is already quite common in most states. Other states that are considering this legislation,...
  • Psychiatrists Can’t Predict Mass Shootings — Meanwhile, Let the Public Defend Itself

    01/11/2017 9:56:34 AM PST · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Pouring money into mental-health care won’t stop mass public shootings. Unfortunately, psychiatry is far from a perfect science. There has already been a lot of second-guessing about Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who killed five people and wounded eight at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Friday. Despite extensive psychological evaluations, many psychiatrists had failed to identify Santiago as a danger to others. One of Santiago’s brothers blames the government. In November 2016, local police escorted Santiago to a psychiatric hospital. Relatives say that after being released, he received further psychological treatment at his home in Alaska. Shouldn’t the experts have picked up...
  • SHOOTING AT FORT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT IN YET ANOTHER GUN-FREE ZONE

    01/08/2017 10:24:32 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | January 07, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has left at least 5 dead and 13 injured. Not surprisingly, Florida is one of only 6 states with laws that banned carrying guns in the unsecured areas of airports. A move was killed in 2016 to overturn this ban, and the reason for overturning it seems very applicable to today’s events. Time after time these attacks keep occurring at places where civilians aren’t allowed to defend themselves. A Broward County official indicates that the killer, Esteban Santiago, had checked is gun in on his flight and that when he got his baggage he took his gun...
  • Chicago's Bloody Mess

    01/08/2017 10:14:51 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | January 07, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Chicago is a bloody mess. Last year, Chicago had 762 homicides — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. This represents an astounding 57 percent increase from the 2015 murder rate. On Sunday night, CBS’s 60 Minutes rightfully expressed concern about the fall in stops and arrests by police over the last year. Criminals have seemingly become emboldened as a result of the decrease in arrests. The 60 Minutes piece quotes Garry McCarthy — Chicago’s Police Superintendent up until a year ago — as saying that “officers are under attack, that is how they feel.” This isn’t a new...
  • 11 Additional Defensive gun uses by Concealed Permit Holders During Dec not previously reported

    12/29/2016 11:02:37 AM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 29, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Detroit, Michigan (23540 W Seven Mile Rd, Detroit, MI 48219), December 23, 2016 Detroit police say a CPL holder shot and wounded two men who tried to carjack him at a gas station in northwest Detroit early Friday morning. According to police, it happened just after midnight in the area of 7 Mile Rd. and Shiawassee at the Valero gas station. We're told the victim shot the 20-year-old man and his 21-year-old accomplice, sending them to the hospital. The 20-year-old is listed in serious condition while the 21-year-old is in stable condition. . . . Milwaukee, Wisconsin, December 28, 2016...
  • Hollywood’s Gun-Control Dud

    12/23/2016 6:11:25 AM PST · by richardb72 · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Miss Sloane, a highly anticipated movie demonizing the NRA and calling for gun control, has bombed. The movie succeeded only in emphasizing the top-down nature of the gun-control campaign and how little intensity there is for more regulations. The movie seemed to have everything going for it. Liberal movie critics loved it, and it was backed by a hefty ad budget along with heaps of favorable news coverage. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has already nominated the movie’s star, Jessica Chastain, for a prestigious Golden Globe, considered a strong predictor of the Oscars. But two weeks after its national release,...