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  • 'Covering Guns': Columbia University's 'workshop' for journalists far from objective

    05/29/2015 8:08:46 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Columbia University would never sponsor an event funded by the National Rifle Association. What’s more, the idea would seem especially outlandish if most of the speakers at the event were NRA supporters. Yet, gun control advocate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group Everytown are now funding a two-day workshop in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday sponsored by Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The event will bring together journalists from around the country to learn about “covering guns and gun violence.” Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, claims that...
  • Hillary Clinton's dishonest crime dodge

    05/07/2015 3:05:35 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 7, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    It is easy to forget that, in 1991, the U.S. murder rate was well over twice what it is today. In a speech last week at Columbia University, Hillary Clinton demonstrated she doesn’t understand that ending what she called the “era of Mass Incarceration” will endanger lives. These days, it’s popular to sympathize with criminals. We saw this when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake “gave those who wished to destroy space to do that” and ordered police to “stand down.” We saw it again when she failed to return the governor’s calls, as he repeatedly tried to get her permission to...
  • 'Assault weapons' debate: The folly of Rep. Rosa DeLauro's buyback bill

    04/30/2015 12:32:05 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 30, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates introduced a bill in April that only gun control supporters could love. Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro is so serious about getting so-called assault weapons off the street that she is offering $2,000 tax credits for each gun that people turning in limit one per year. According to her, assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield. She believes that offering $2,000 a gun will...
  • Bloomberg's gun control research director explains why his group refuses to debate

    04/28/2015 1:18:31 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    C-SPAN Washington Journal ^ | April 25, 2015 | Ted Alcorn
    This past Saturday Bloomberg’s Everytown representative, Ted Alcorn, insisted that he would not appear simultaneously with John Lott (the author of More Guns, Less Crime (University of Chicago Press) and the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center) on C-SPAN. Alcorn would only appear after Lott's segment was finished. Here is John Lott's discussion of Bloomberg's gun control advocates unwillingness to ever debate http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4535462 Here is Bloomberg’s Research Director’s explanation for why his organization won't ever debate. http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4535518 Acorn's explanation for why Bloomberg's groups refuse to debate is pretty embarrassing. Hopefully, these clips will get a lot of attention and...
  • Pew Research Center Report on Gun Rights

    04/26/2015 2:08:29 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 8 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | April 25, 2015
    John Lott talked about the new study put out by Pew Research Center which finds that support for gun rights have increased and, for the first time, protecting gun rights is more important than controlling ownership. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications, including a telephone line reserved for gun owners.
  • Dr. John Lott: The Truth About Gun Free Zones

    04/27/2015 7:07:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 4/27/2015 | RRangel
    Here’s an article, in where Dr. John R. Lott Jr., eviscerates Harvard Professor David Hemenway’s survey of cherry picked authors. That of course lead to the conclusion that guns are bad. It’s what these people do. No matter real credible research, and the longstanding Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is an obvious social utility of the people. I wonder why gun prohibitionists think the Second Amendment was created to begin with. It’s in the Bill of Rights. Even still, they love to refer to guns as if being deprived of arms, is some sort of benefit.
  • C-SPAN on our changing views on guns, Bloomberg's group explains why they won’t debate

    04/25/2015 7:12:21 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 25, 2015 | John Lott
    From C-SPAN: “John Lott talked about the new study put out by Pew Research Center which finds that support for gun rights have increased and, for the first time, protecting gun rights is more important than controlling ownership.” Lott was originally supposed to be on for an hour to discuss these issues with Ted Alcorn, the research director for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown. But he would not appear at the same time and insisted that he be allowed to appear after me. This is from the end of Lott’s appearance on C-SPAN.
  • Movie from the Crime Prevention Research Center's first annual dinner on April 10th

    04/18/2015 3:10:45 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 10th, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The video has an interesting compilation of clips from The Today Show, Greg Gutfeld, CNN, and Fox about ho the CPRC was able to get across the benefits of people owning guns https://youtu.be/iNMk3N5IndA
  • FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

    03/24/2015 4:04:35 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 13 replies
    Foxnews ^ | March 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression "mass shooting" incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar. The bureau's annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate...
  • Why Michael Bloomberg's latest push for gun control is all wrong

    03/13/2015 2:42:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Michael Bloomberg is spending tens of millions of dollars trying to convince state legislatures to support restrictive gun control laws. From television and newspaper ads, to blanketing communities with flyers, to bringing in people from out of state to testify, no effort seems too great. Then again, he is worth of over $36 billion. But Bloombeg’s newest campaign has become so extreme that even gun control advocates may wonder that he is becoming a liability to their cause. And he has already earned a reputation for fabricating numbers, with even liberal-leaning PolitiFact slamming Bloomberg for exaggerating the number of school...
  • Obama Justice Department’s bogus report on racism by Ferguson Police Department

    03/09/2015 6:31:08 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2015 | john R. Lott Jr.
    Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be “no longer endemic,” as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Department’s report on Ferguson shows that the “nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.” Sorry: The Justice report doesn’t prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination. In fact, it looks more like something ginned up to distract from the embarrassing fact that Justice (in another report released the same day) wound up fully validating the findings of the Ferguson grand jury. Racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be...
  • Video: John Lott and John Stossel - Debunking Bloomberg 6 minutes

    03/06/2015 4:42:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This is an excellent video where John Lott appears on John Stossel's show, and debunk's claims made by Michael Bloomberg's organizations.  It is particularly effective in showing that media reports are often gross distortions of the facts.  The old media sometimes completely reverses reality in their reporting. It is a good reference to link to when debating disarmists in the comments sections of various publications on the Internet.   People who are unwilling to accept facts or reason will simply ignore it, but most people do not have their minds made up.  They will consider the possibility that they are...
  • Bloomberg’s Amazingly Inaccurate Ad to Keep Areas Gun-Free Zones

    03/03/2015 9:32:58 PM PST · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Bloomberg's argument here is that the bill to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry on school property is really an attempt to let criminals carry guns around schools. The fact that people will need a permit that requires a criminal background check is never mentioned. So what is the rate that permit holders cause problems? It is very, very rare. . . .
  • Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott talking about gun-free zones on Wyoming Capitol Outlook

    03/02/2015 4:26:29 PM PST · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Wyoming Public Television ^ | February 27, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott talking about gun-free zones on Wyoming Capitol Outlook, Wyoming Public Television
  • Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric

    02/16/2015 2:32:15 PM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another. In fact, contrary to the rhetoric by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never use their guns to commit violent crimes. Last Wednesday, The New York Times claimed “there should be no disputing” a new report, which claims there were 722 gun deaths nationwide from May 2007 to February 2015 that were not self-defense. The Times asserts: “The full death toll attributable...
  • What is more likely to kill you -- a gun or a car?

    02/12/2015 8:16:06 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2015 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Which is more likely to kill you: a car or a gun? Various publications, from The Economist to Forbes, and many others have been reporting that gun deaths are set to overtake road deaths before the year is up. But not only isn’t that going to happen. Car deaths have indeed fallen more than gun deaths, but that’s not because of comparatively stringent safety regulations. Gun control advocates brag that they have “a statistic that really resonates with people.” The latest data we have are from 2013. In that year, 35,598 people died from motor vehicle deaths. 32,888 died from...
  • “Open Carry versus Campus Carry: what should be the priority”

    02/12/2015 7:41:43 AM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    With well over 700,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun. But some are only satisfied if others actually know that they are carrying. They think that by openly carrying guns they can make others comfortable with guns. They want to make a statement. Texas lawmakers are now wrestling with the questions of campus carry and open carry. They couldn’t face a clearer choice between enhancing safety or making political statements. Open carry advocates carry rifles because they can’t legally openly...
  • MACHETE VS. FIREARM: Defensive gun use in Canada

    01/19/2015 7:59:23 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Canada's Sun News Network ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Lilley & John Lott
    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/featured/prime-time/867432237001/machete-vs-firearm/3998897878001
  • The bias against guns: What the media isn't telling you

    01/09/2015 12:10:18 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 9, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just two days before New Year’s, a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother at a Wal-Mart in rural Idaho. The victim was Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old concealed handgun permit holder. The child had reached into his mother’s purse. Massive news coverage ensued. Tragedies like these make headlines. That’s understandable. But where was the news media on the previous day, when concealed handgun permit holders likely saved multiple lives? — In Fargo, N.D., four people robbed a 36-year-old man and beat him unconscious. Fortunately, a permit holder stopped the attack. “The passer-by, who has a license to carry a concealed...
  • Media Matters, the facts and me

    12/09/2014 7:24:36 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 9, 2014 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years. Media Matters purports to correct misinformation that the “conservative” media puts out, but, ironically, they have systematically hidden comments critical of their work from their readers. They have a blog where it appears that conservatives and others can respond, but they don’t tell their readers that they have regularly removed...
  • Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott

    12/08/2014 8:52:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Media Matters has long advertised to the public a commitment to fighting misinformation on the internet, but lately the group seems to be creating misinformation of its own. The nonprofit generally targets Republicans and is regularly cited by pundits and news outlets. More recently, the group engaged in what could best be called a smear campaign against John Lott, an economist, firearms researcher, and Founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center. For more than a decade, Lott has developed a unique public profile as an expert on guns and society, who combines advocacy with substantial data and academic rigor. Media...
  • Ferguson: Obama contines to undermine police departments around the country

    12/03/2014 2:57:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    As a response to the police shooting of Michael Brown, President Obama proposes $263 million for police training and body cameras. But more police training wouldn’t have prevented the Brown shooting and the president’s proposal plays into the hands of those who blame the police. President Obama has continually undermined police departments around the country, and his demand for more training fits that pattern. With Wilson facing civil suits and Attorney General Eric Holder’s federal investigation still ongoing, the pressures on Officer Wilson are not likely to fade away anytime soon. It’s safe to say that other police officers will...
  • Dangerous distortions about cops shooting black men: Oft-cited figure based on questionable math

    12/02/2014 2:05:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Exaggerations have poisoned discussions about relations between blacks and the police. “Black men between the ages of 15 and 19 are 21 times as likely as whites to be killed by a police officer,” said Chuck Todd on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree echoed Todd. “The data is clear, that black boys are being killed by white police officers around the country.” The claim was repeated frequently on other shows. But those numbers aren’t entirely accurate, and they are far from the whole truth. . . . Todd and Ogletree relied on an analysis of FBI...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the government’s power to control people’s lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MIT’s Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters aren’t the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the “architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesn’t understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those “stupid”...
  • Hidden consequences of Washington State's gun background check Initiative 594

    11/01/2014 12:20:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 01, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Let’s say a stalker is threatening 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? If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison. Suppose you are a Boy Scout leader. Once a year, the scouts take a trip to a local farm where the boys earn their firearm merit badges. If you continue to stick with this annual ritual you may soon find yourself in prison....
  • ‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense

    10/30/2014 7:21:13 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 30, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to...
  • The truth about young black men and police shootings

    10/22/2014 8:51:47 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    . . . About a week ago journalists at ProPublica and Slate further fueled the anger many blacks felt about the shooting. Slate’s headline read: “Black Teens Vastly More Likely to Be Killed by Police Than Whites Even After Adjusting for Crime Rates.” The incendiary finding got massive uncritical news coverage including the New York Times, NPR, major newspapers around the country such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Dallas Morning News, and the major networks. If their claim is right, and blacks are unjustly facing “vastly” higher rates of being shot by police, it is a serious indictment...
  • The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings

    10/12/2014 3:11:16 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 12, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn. The FBI counted 160 “mass” or “active” shootings in public places from 2000 to 2013. Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17 in 2013. Media outlets worldwide gave the “news” extensive coverage. Too bad the study is remarkably shoddy — slicing the evidence to distort the results. In fact, mass public shootings have only risen...
  • Will New Gun Law Stop Mass killings?

    10/11/2014 7:54:39 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | October 11, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist. With that evaluation, a person could be held for 72-hours. After the Elliot Rodger’s killings earlier this year, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday, September 30th that makes significant changes. The irony is that deputy sheriff officers had gone to Rodger’s home but did not believe that Rodger posed a danger to himself or others. The law that was thus motivated by Rodger’s case would not have prevented...
  • Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun propaganda

    10/07/2014 11:05:35 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 6, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups release a report, they consistently garner massive, uncritical news coverage. Alas. With the huge number of factual mistakes in these reports, you would think that reporters would have grown wary of pushing their propaganda. For example, Bloomberg’s Everytown, Mothers Demand Action, and Mayors Against Illegal guns have been caught padding the number of school shootings. While Everytown claimed 74 school shootings occurred between the Newtown, Connecticut shooting in December 2012 and June 2014, Politifact, which rated Everytown’s claim as “mostly false,” put the number of “incidents such as Sandy...
  • How Bloomberg's Million-Dollar Desire For Gun Control Is Backfiring

    09/25/2014 6:43:22 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 25, 2014 | Frank Miniter
    With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates. They are also running television commercials, holding events and pushing their studies into the newsrooms of a mostly favorable press.
  • “It’s a Mean, Mean World?”: John Stossel’s Fox News Show discussing Bloomberg’s false claims

    10/04/2014 4:54:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 04, 2014 | John Stossel
    John Stossel’s show invited Bloomberg’s various gun control organizations to send a representative to debate on guns, but, as they have done so many times in the past, Shannon Watts and the rest of Bloomberg’s staff declined to participate. The show discussed Bloomberg’s claims regarding the risks of guns in the home as well as domestic violence. Bloomberg’s PR people did send some statements to be read on the show and they were discussed. This show aired on Fox News on Saturday at 5 PM EDT and will re-air at 10 PM EDT on Sunday, and 1 AM EDT on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

    07/09/2014 12:39:55 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 9 2014 | Fox News
    A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets. The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent. “When you allow people to carry concealed handguns, you see changes in...
  • 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...
  • 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.”...
  • 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...
  • John Lott: Violence Policy Center ‘cooks the books’ on concealed carry killers

    05/01/2014 2:36:17 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 05/01/2014 | Jennifer Cruz
    Economist and political commentator John Lott has once again been crunching numbers and in an article published this week for the National Review takes a look at how the Violence Policy Center “cooks the books” in an effort to prove the dangerousness of concealed carry permit holders.(see article for video and chart) However, the report fails to indicate how many of those killed resulted from an act of self-defense. And even self-defense killings are more often than not classified as homicides, simply meaning that the life of one person was taken by another person. And although sometimes these shootings are...
  • 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...
  • Gun Talk Radio 4/13/14

    04/13/2014 4:59:37 PM PDT · by mylife · 74 replies
    Gun Talk Radio | 4/13/14 | Tom Gresham
    ~~Come on in and shoot the breeze~~ Gun Talk Radio 4/13/14~~07:00 CST Listen to the podcast Here Or the KIDO 580 stream HereOr the KPRC feed Here
  • 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...
  • 1 year after Newtown, support for stricter gun control has disappeared

    12/14/2013 1:05:13 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2013 | John Lott
    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.