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  • The Gun-Ban Fetish:Banning guns invariably leads to an increase in the murder rate

    10/08/2017 8:06:55 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | October 8, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Is support for gun ownership and the Second Amendment a “fetish”? Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, sure thinks so. Stephens acknowledges the “feckless” gun-control laws that keep being trotted out before we even know the facts of each case. (Indeed, as with universal background checks on private gun transfers, we keep finding out that they would not have stopped any of these attacks.) So his solution is to “repeal the Second Amendment,” because gun ownership doesn’t “need a blanket Constitutional protection.” He says he doesn’t want to ban guns, but according to the Supreme Court, the only protection...
  • Gun control in Europe is almost total.It hasn't stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas

    10/02/2017 6:18:27 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 2, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Within hours of the horrible attack in Las Vegas, before we knew most of the relevant facts about the tragedy, gun control advocates were calling for more gun control. Here is something I would like those advocates to consider: Europe, which has all the gun controls that are being pushed in the aftermath of the Las Vegas carnage, has actually suffered more bloodshed from these types of attacks than the U.S. You heard that right: Countries such as France may have made all semi-automatic guns illegal, but that hasn’t stopped killers from getting fully automatic machine guns to use in...
  • Trump effect hits the NFL -- Teams with more protesters were more likely to lose

    09/26/2017 4:42:59 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 26, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Sunday brought a lot of controversy, with numerous NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. But it was also an interesting day for football, with a lot of big upsets. And President Trump may have played a role. The teams with the most players kneeling or sitting during the anthem were more likely to lose. This also includes teams that stayed in their locker rooms. Trump’s tweets sure got the NFL’s attention. "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" Trump wrote....
  • Democrats should embrace FBI background check for voters and gun purchasers alike

    09/22/2017 4:41:08 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Background checks are required for so many things from getting a job to buying a gun. But despite legitimate concerns about voting by illegal aliens and felons, Democrats become outraged by the mention of checks for voting. Last week, in testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, I suggested using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to screen for ineligible voters. Democrats have long lauded this system, calling it simple, accurate, and in complete harmony with the second amendment right to own guns. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) bragged that the checks are done “without...
  • Democrats must denounce the rise in violence against Republicans

    09/18/2017 9:19:21 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    As masked leftists use clubs to shut down free speech at Berkeley and elsewhere, Democrats have unfortunately been reticent to condemn the activity. But Antifa violence is not the only kind of condemnable disruptive activity. Democrats should also disavow the organized campaign to harass Republican congressmen and stop Republican town halls. One group in the thick of this battle is “Indivisible.” The group was founded by a former staffer for Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and its COO, Matt Traidi, is the research coordinator for the Service Employees International Union. Indivisible provides these instructions on how to prevent other town hall...
  • On the Larry Elder Show: Discussing The War on Guns and an Example of Media Bias

    09/09/2017 12:13:56 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | September 9, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about his book The War on Guns and another example of media bias. (Friday, September 8, 2017, from 7:20 to 7:45 PM) Audio available here.
  • Ten Defensive Gun Uses by People who could Legally Carry in Public Over 13 Days

    09/04/2017 8:58:58 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 16 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | September 4, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WISN 12 News, August 18, 2017 The car owner, a 24-year-old man, fired shots at the suspects. They then drove away in the same car they came in. Their white car was found abandoned nearby at 86th Street and Lisbon Avenue. The suspects are a 16-year-old boy, 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old man. They were all taken into custody. It doesn't appear that anyone was hit by gunfire. The car owner who fired the shots is cooperating with the investigation. It's unclear whether he will face any charges. Family members told WISN 12 News the man has a valid concealed...
  • Gang activity plays a large role in gun-related violence

    09/03/2017 9:16:32 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | September 3, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The online version of your editorial on gun violence and gun control is accompanied by a video of Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert discussing drug gang violence, but your editorial ignores the relationship between gangs and gun violence [Taxpayers foot bill for gun violence, Aug. 30]. The Obama administration estimated that up to 80 percent of crime in communities across the U.S. was gang-related. But there isn’t a lot of hope of stopping drug gangs from getting guns, no more than there is of ending the illegal drug trade. Gang members can’t go to the police to ask for...
  • Concussions occur in soccer and other sports, too -- but yeah, let's go after all-American football

    08/31/2017 5:23:01 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 31, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Did you know who Ed Cunningham is? Probably not. Cunningham, a college football analyst for ESPN, was unknown to all but hardcore football fans. But by tying himself closely to a politically correct cause – in this case, resigning his position Wednesday, in a protest over concussions in football – he is guaranteed fawning media coverage. The New York Times is leading the Cunningham canonization. With the new college football season for most teams starting this weekend, the resignation seems timed for maximum attention. But the politically correct movement seems much more focused on opposing what is uniquely American than...
  • Talk on the CPRC's new research on Mass Public Shootings and Gun-free zones

    08/30/2017 5:04:42 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 30, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott gave a talk on the Crime Prevention Research Center’s on Mass Public Shootings and Gun-free zones. Unfortunately, the first few minutes of the beginning of the talk is missing. The first reference is to a quote from former President Obama that if guns stop mass public shootings, the US shouldn’t have any mass shootings. Beyond Lott’s response to that point in the video, a list of mass public shootings that were stopped by concealed handgun permit holders. The slides in the talk are based on information in his book “The War on Guns.” . . .
  • Concealed Carry Permits Hits All Time High

    08/30/2017 11:34:56 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    One America News Network ^ | Aug 30, 2017 | John Hines
    A new report shows gun ownership appears to be more popular than ever in America. One America's John Hines has more from Washington.
  • Talk on CPRC's new research on changing face of carrying permitted concealed handguns holders

    08/30/2017 8:34:33 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 29, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott gave a talk on the Crime Prevention Research Center’s new research on the changing face of people who are carrying permitted concealed handguns. The slides in the talk are available here or . . .
  • Police and military equipment - overturning Obama ban protects Americans and law enforcement

    08/28/2017 6:13:19 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 66 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Police have a tough and dangerous job. Armored military vehicles and military-grade body armor aren’t just useful for soldiers, they make it possible for police to protect Americans. During his address Monday to the annual meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police union with 330,000 members, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that President Trump is overturning Obama’s ban on supplying surplus military equipment to police. It is an issue that the Fraternal Order of Police and other police organizations cared about deeply during the campaign last year. Indeed, they based their endorsement of Trump during the...
  • Media just can't stop telling falsehoods about Trump's views on race

    08/19/2017 10:48:32 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 19, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    The media just can’t stop lying about President Trump’s views on racism and hatred. The media has been awash in praise for the joint statement that former presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush put out on Wednesday concerning the violence in Charlottesville. The statement was viewed as a rebuke of Trump’s statements. The Dallas Morning News headline said, “Former presidents Bush rebuke Trump's neo-Nazi stance.” The New York Times called it “a rare joint rebuke of Mr. Trump.” The New York Times praised George W. Bush for leading the condemnation of former KKK leader David Duke in 1991,...
  • Media Bias Can No Longer Be Reasonably Denied

    08/18/2017 4:39:07 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 18, 2017 | John Lott
    The news media wants to tie everything it can to the Charlottesville attack. Wolf Blitzer was worried just a couple of hours after yesterday’s van attack in Barcelona, Spain, which left at least 13 dead and over 100 injured. “There will be questions if what happened in Barcelona was at all, at all a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, even though they may be different characters and different political ambitions. They used the same killing device, a vehicle going at high speed into a large group of pedestrians.” The notion that Islamic terrorists, like those in Barcelona...
  • The New York Times wants us to believe communists have better sex

    08/14/2017 2:15:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 14, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    In Sunday’s New York Times, Kristen Ghodsee paints a glowing picture of women’s lives in the former Soviet Union. From full voting rights in 1917, liberalized divorce laws, high labor force participation – and yes, reportedly better sex – life was supposedly much better for women. Ghodsee writes, “Although the Communists never fully reformed domestic patriarchy, Communist women enjoyed a degree of self-sufficiency that few Western women could have imagined.” Of course, full voting rights don’t count for very much when there is always only one candidate allowed on the ballot. But there is a more fundamental problem with Ghodsee’s...
  • Money will flood markets if we get tax cuts: Economist

    08/01/2017 1:45:31 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Fox Business ^ | August 1, 2017 | Stuart Varney
    Stuart Varney interviews Economist John Lott who says optimism over tax reform is boosting the markets.
  • Trump needs a chairman for his Council of Economic Advisers. When will Democrats confirm him?

    07/30/2017 1:03:53 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 30, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    It’s the middle of July, and President Trump still doesn’t have a chairman for his Council of Economic Advisers. His nominee, Kevin Hassett, is a world-recognized expert on taxation, but he has been stuck on the sidelines despite tax reform being one of the administration’s big goals this year. He is the one person who could explain how the different parts of the tax bill fit together. White House advisor Gary Cohn has reportedly told associates that time is running out for tax reform. He worries that if tax reform doesn't get done by the end of the year, it...

    07/29/2017 11:38:15 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The CPRC has just issued our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US. A copy of the report is available for download here. Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post. Past reports can be viewed here. Part of the executive summary is shown here: During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 16.36 million – a 256% increase since 2007. Unlike surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer some personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that...
  • Should drug addicts who fail to pay child support have birth control?

    07/28/2017 8:26:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 22 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 28, 2017 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Dr. John Lott debated a lawyer from Nashville, David Randolph Smith, about whether drug addicts who have frequently failed to provide child support be given the option of birth control to reduce their sentences by 30 days. The debate took place on Wednesday, July 26th, on TRT World News.