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  • Guns on the agenda in Carson City

    02/18/2019 2:56:21 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | February 16, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Everyone wants to stop dangerous criminals or people with serious mental illness from having guns. We feel that as strongly as ever on the one-year anniversary last week of the Parkland high school attack. But the bill on background checks on the private gun transfers that Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law on Friday wouldn’t have helped. Nikolas Cruz lawfully purchased his own rifle from a gun dealer.
  • Media Makes A Tradition Of Botching Auschwitz’s Liberation Anniversary

    02/08/2019 3:32:32 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Despite all of the commemorations on Sunday, Auschwitz’s final liberation didn’t occur on Jan. 27, 1945. True, the Soviet Red Army did free 7,000 Jews who were still alive in the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, but they didn’t shut down the camp. They merely replaced one set of prisoners with another.
  • Background Checks Bill Would Turn Many Well-intentioned Americans Into Criminals

    02/08/2019 3:13:49 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 6, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Let’s say a stalker threatens a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun? Under a bill being heard today before the House Judiciary Committee, loaning her your gun soon could land you in prison. An exception is made only for cases of “imminent” danger — where her stalker is right in front of her at that very moment. Even those annual Boy Scout shooting trips will face legal dangers. Adults who lend troops their guns for a day might soon...
  • Look at the Data: Why Trump’s Insistence on a Wall Is the Right Choice for Public Safety

    01/24/2019 2:35:59 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 14, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    The federal government partial shutdown drags on as politicians can’t agree on what to do with illegal aliens. Trump wants a wall to keep out “illegal immigrants … bringing with them crime, tremendous amounts of crime,” but Democrats say that a wall is immoral and unnecessary.
  • Problems with Pittsburgh's proposed gun control ordinance

    01/24/2019 2:29:45 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 8 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | January 15, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Pennsylvania’s 1.3 million concealed handgun permit holders may soon be considered criminals while visiting Pittsburgh. The proposed gun control ordinance bans everything from so-called assault weapons to starter pistols for track meets.
  • John Lott: BuzzFeed and me – The incredible thing the site's CEO did using my name

    01/24/2019 2:21:37 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    BuzzFeed’s culture of fake news starts at the top with founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, who has a history of knowingly spreading false information. He has used fraudulent websites and email accounts to pose as people he wished to defame. I was one of his victims.
  • On The Young Turks: Discussing how Universal Background checks harm poor minorities

    01/18/2019 12:52:54 AM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    The Young Turks ^ | January 15, 2019 | Cenk Uygur
    Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. spoke with the Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur about how universal background checks disarm poor minorities. The also debated whether more guns mean less crime. Regarding claims about how crime rates vary across nations see here and how crime rates change after guns are banned see here. In reference to the graph on mass public shootings that Cenk shows see the paper discussed here. Lott wasn’t able to see the graph when he was talking to Cenk Uygur, but he was correct guessing that they were relying on numbers from Adam Lankford at the University of...
  • Should schools have teachers carry guns?

    01/10/2019 8:14:31 AM PST · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Journal of Health Behavior Research ^ | January 10, 2019 | John R Lott Jr
    Should schools have teachers carry guns? Abstract With 20 states having teachers and staff carrying guns to varying degrees on school property, we don’t need to guess how the policy would work. Fears of teachers carrying guns in terms of accidents or other problems have not materialized. Letting teachers carry is the only effective way to overcome the strategic advantages of mass public killers. The other alternatives to preventing mass public shootings have real limits.
  • NH Voices -- John R. Lott, Jr.: The State House is safer with guns

    01/06/2019 1:28:14 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 4 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | January 2, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    One wonders how Democrats in the New Hampshire State House ever go to restaurants or movie theaters or grocery stores. But as they move to ban House members from carrying concealed handguns, Democrats worry, despite all evidence to the contrary, that there is a real danger to letting people keep continue carrying guns.
  • How Brazil's New President Will Prove, Yet Again, That Gun Control Is Harmful

    01/06/2019 1:21:59 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 4, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Brazil’s strict gun control laws have failed. The country's annual homicide rate now stands at 31 per 100,000 people—almost six times higher than the US rate. Despite bolstering of law enforcement after Brazil’s disarmament legislation took effect in 2003, the country's homicide rate is higher now than in 2002. The true rate is undoubtedly even worse as government figures have in the past systematically undercounted homicides by about 15 percent and that gap appears to increase over time.
  • LOTT: Trump Administration’s Report On School Safety Passes — For Government Work

    12/29/2018 3:55:24 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    The “Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety” — signed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Attorney General Matthew Whitaker — was released Tuesday afternoon, and it contained findings that may please both sides of the gun control debate. Unfortunately, the report will do little to improve school safety.
  • John Lott Destroys Left’s Go-To Gun Control Study

    12/19/2018 4:02:44 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 16, 2018 | Awr Hawkins
    Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) John Lott took the left’s go-to gun control study for mass shootings apart on December 14. The study, which claims the U.S. leads the world in mass shootings, was put together by University of Alabama’s Adam Lankford and released in 2013.
  • Opinion: The evidence simply doesn't support calls for gun bans in Canada

    12/19/2018 3:50:34 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | December 17, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr and Gary Mauser
    It seems obvious: ban guns and there won’t be any gun crime. After two people were killed and 13 injured in a July shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered his government to assess the idea of “a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada.” They are scheduled to finish the assignment by the end of the year.
  • The risks of a gun-free Capitol

    12/19/2018 3:37:53 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Letting legislators bring guns onto the U.S. Capitol grounds or into their offices hasn’t been a problem for 242 years. But Democrats are now promising to end that practice when they retake control of the House of Representatives next month.
  • The Myth of U.S. Mass Shooters

    12/15/2018 6:46:13 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 14, 2018 | John Stossel
    Dozens of news outlets reported that America has the most mass shooters in the world. Many say that shows America needs more gun control. CNN claimed that "the U.S. has the most mass shootings". The WSJ reported that "U.S. leads the world in mass shootings." Nearly every major media outlet and former President Obama said the same. But the claim is based on just one study, and the author of that study, Adam Lankford, would not release his data to other gun reseachers in the field. Economist John Lott argues that Lankford's study has many flaws. Lott is the author...
  • Stossel TV on “The Myth of U.S. Mass Shooters”

    12/15/2018 6:01:16 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 22 replies
    Dozens of news outlets reported that America has the most mass shooters in the world. Many say that shows America needs more gun control. CNN claimed that “the U.S. has the most mass shootings”. The WSJ reported that “U.S. leads the world in mass shootings.” Nearly every major media outlet, and Former President Obama, said the same. But the claim is based on just one study, and the author of that study, Adam Lankford, would not release his data to either John Stossel or researchers in the field.
  • 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...
  • OPINION: The Mysterious Antics Of CNN’s Republican-Targeting KFile Unit

    11/23/2018 4:35:25 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 6, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    I don’t like bullies. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece pushing back against Andrew Kaczynski and the rest of CNN’s KFile unit, which has made a mission of taking out certain Republicans. Townhall published the piece, in which I defended David Clarke, Monica Crowley and Congressman Jason Lewis from CNN’s attacks. But Townhall immediately removed it after CNN’s Kaczynski said my claims were incorrect.
  • The media misses the motive

    11/23/2018 4:31:50 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    The media is intent on blaming President Trump and Republicans for any violence. They accuse Republicans of stoking the violence and claim that “right-wingers” have been more violent than their counterparts on the left. Both sides want to claim that they are the ones who have been wronged. Democrats point to pipe bombs sent to Democrats. Republicans point to members of the Trump administration and even senators who have been accosted at restaurants. Then there are the ricin letters, the shootings and the fires at party offices.
  • How gun-free zones invite mass shootings

    11/23/2018 10:11:16 AM PST · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 20, 2018 | John R. Lott Jr.
    “This doesn’t happen anywhere else on the planet,” said California’s Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. “We stand alone in the world in the number of mass shootings," echoed U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. These were typical comments after an alleged shooter murdered 12 people in Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. People have been acting for a long time like the United States is the world’s hotbed of mass public shootings. Following a 2015 mass shooting during his administration, President Barack Obama declared: “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in...