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  • Liberals and the Texas Unemployment Miracle

    08/22/2011 4:53:28 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry officially entering the presidential race last week, liberals have started attacking Texas' economic record. Paul Krugman in the New York Times went first last Sunday. "So what you need to know is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment," Krugman claimed. With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. Krugman: "In...
  • The Texas Miracle Is No Myth

    08/19/2011 6:58:33 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | August 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just hours after Rick Perry officially entered the presidential race last Saturday, liberals started to attack Texas’s economic record. Paul Krugman got the ball rolling in Sunday’s New York Times: “So what you need to know,” Krugman claimed, “is that the Texas miracle is a myth, and more broadly that Texan experience offers no useful lessons on how to restore national full employment.” With the latest Gallup poll showing that just 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama’s performance on the economy, liberals have little choice but to try to distort what is happening in Texas. To do so,...
  • How the Academic Left Engages in Debate: Inside an ugly attack on a renowned criminologist

    08/16/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | August 16, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academic debates occasionally get pretty ugly, and that is just the way it is. Sometimes they get very ugly. There is one case that has bothered me for several years. James Q. Wilson is now 80 years old, and for decades he has been the most prominent criminologist in the country, responsible for a number of important ideas, such as the Broken Windows theory, which argues that urban disorder and vandalism produce additional crime. Undoubtedly, Wilson has made a number of enemies, as he has taken positions that upset some on the left. One such issue was Wilson’s involvement with...
  • Looks Like We're In a Recession, Not a 'Recovery'

    08/05/2011 9:43:18 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    There seems no place to hide. Americans have seen the value of their stock portfolios crash this week. The S&P 500 and NASDAQ have both lost about 8 percent of their values, and they are headed down again today. This week the Japanese NIKKEI stock market also lost over 9 percent of its value. And the UK's FTSE has lost over 11 percent. The German DAX about 13 percent. So much for promises that if we only passed the debt ceiling increase the stock markets would be calmed. Everyone was waiting for today's unemployment numbers to be released. The 117,000...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 10:14:03 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 23 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | August 02 2011 | JOHN LOTT
    Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. The Winners: 1. Stimulus Recipients and Big Government: 2. Deficit Spending: 3. Score a Victory for Scare Tactics: The Losers: 1. Our Bond Rating: 2. The Tea Party: 3. The Economy: John R. Lott, Jr. is a FoxNews.com contributor. He is an economist...
  • The Debt Deal's Three Biggest Winners and Losers

    08/02/2011 11:11:19 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 2, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With a debt ceiling agreement finally in place and the Senate on track to approve it today congratulations are being handed out all around.  Armageddon and catastrophe has supposedly been averted. And politicians are rushing to put the best face on the deal.  Unfortunately, the new agreement does not accomplish as much as many had hoped, or as much as it should have, in terms of curbing spending and continued deficits. This explains why stock markets continued to fall despite the supposedly "good" news. The reason is because, once again, politicians are continuing to push the problem to the future. ...
  • Did gun control fail Norway?

    07/26/2011 8:39:45 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 36 replies
    Sun News ^ | July 26, 2011 | Ezra Levant and John Lott
    Sun News' Ezra Levant and John Lott discuss the horrible multiple victim public shooting in Norway.
  • Congress Can Learn From 1995-96 Debt-Ceiling Debate

    07/26/2011 7:57:07 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Failure to raise the Federal debt ceiling limit could "roil the financial markets and cause severe economic problems," "cause profound damage to our country," and have “dire consequences.” So wrote the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times. But the year was 1995, not 2011. Other ills predicted during that contentious debate were rising unemployment, reduced GDP growth, and soaring interest rates. That was at a time when President Clinton and Democrats were fighting off attempts by Republicans to link cutting the deficit to the increase in the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution on spending. Then as...
  • Myths About Debt Ceiling ‘Disaster’

    07/18/2011 10:42:55 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is there an overload of doomsday predictions?
  • Seven Myths About the Looming Debt-Ceiling 'Disaster'

    07/15/2011 9:33:33 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 15, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    If Congress and the president don't raise the debt ceiling, the consequences will be disastrous, politicians and pundits tell us, -- the equivalent of an economic Armageddon. And President Obama warns that the consequences are so dire that he cannot possibly tolerate any delay in making an agreement. He announced yesterday that any debt deal must be completed by today, July 15th. According to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, failure to raise the debt ceiling limit will cause the United States to default and "cause a financial crisis potentially more severe than the crisis from which we are only now...
  • Canada's cold proof: Job growth without 'stimulus'

    07/08/2011 2:40:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 8, 2011 | John R. Lott
    President Obama insists that our sluggish recovery would've been even worse without his $830 billion "stimulus." Last Friday, the White House released a report purportedly showing that passage of the "stimulus" created up to 3.6 million jobs (even though the economy actually lost 1.8 million jobs since then). But if Obama's program -- including a 28 percent hike in spending since 2008 and more than $4 trillion in deficits -- worked so well, why has our unemployment rate risen more since those policies were adopted than have the rates of the European Union, South America, Japan, Australia or New Zealand?...
  • The Puzzle of 'Operation Fast and Furious' When Will Team Obama Come Clean?

    07/08/2011 9:54:34 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 38 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | July 08, 2011 | John Lott
    The Puzzle of 'Operation Fast and Furious' When Will Team Obama Come Clean About Failed Gun Program? There are two puzzles in the so-called “Gunwalker” or “Operation Fast and Furious” case. This is the shocking case where Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents ordered American gun dealers to sell guns to obvious Mexican drug gangs over the objections of the gun dealers. Here are just some of the questions that the Obama administration still has not answered: 1. Why would the government go through with the policy when it was seemingly obvious to everyone that there was...
  • Greece Needs to Pay Off Debts While It Still Has a Chance

    06/22/2011 8:55:01 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 22, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Tuesday night the Greek government survived a no confidence vote, with relative ease, thus allowing the Greek government to go forward negotiating a new bailout. The government faces a vote over "new austerity" measures, but there is no more reason to believe that Greece will keep its promises to sell assets and cut spending this time than it has over the past year. Last year's mammoth €110 billion ($157 billion) European Union and International Monetary Fund bailout was supposed to cover Greece's financial problems for three years. But just one year later Greece is seeking another €100 billion. The G-7...
  • Even Bernanke Can't Deny That Obama's "Recovery" Is Bad

    06/07/2011 1:58:20 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 7, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke couldn't deny the obvious in his speech Tuesday in Atlanta. The economy is bad, with Obama’s “recovery” is setting records for being anemic and the unemployment stuck above 9 percent. Almost 5 million Americans have completely given up looking for work and left the labor force since the "recovery" that started in June 2009. GDP growth the seven quarters into the Obama recovery has averaged an annual rate of only 2.8 percent, a fraction of the 4.6 percent average growth during recoveries since 1970. And this recovery would have been even worse if the Federal...
  • Who Has the Best Plans to Rescue America from the Budget Crisis?

    05/28/2011 9:59:46 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Who has the best plans to fight the budget crisis? Well, it seem that the Democrats do not even have a plan, or perhaps they secretly have one but are embarrassed to release it. Either way, Democrats are stubbornly refusing to release any budget plan. Instead, they just complain about the two that have been presented so far. Thus when the Senate voted on budget plans this week, Senators considered two options but neither one received a single yes-vote from a Democrat. One proposal, the House Republican budget, the so-called "Ryan plan," was attacked by Democrats as "draconian” or “unconscionable."...
  • Team Obama's Debt Limit Scare Tactics Are Getting Old -- Fast

    05/19/2011 2:18:20 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Wasn't the world supposed to end on Monday? No, I'm not talking about May 21. But on Monday, the U.S. government officially hit its debt limit, but where are disasters that the Obama administration have been predicting for months? We were warned that hitting the debt limit would be "deeply irresponsible" or “insanity” or “abrupt contraction would likely push us into a double dip recession.” But Americans woke up today to find nothing really changed from last week. The Obama administration’s scare tactics are getting old. Unfortunately, they keep on getting away with this and aren’t held accountable when their...
  • Where Are the Jobs, Mr. President? The Jobless Obama Recovery Continues

    05/09/2011 1:48:33 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    There has been no recovery in the job market during the Obama recovery. Despite all the cheerleading by the Obama administration and the media, job creation has been horribly sluggish. The jobs created recently are noteworthy only in comparison to the lack of jobs created during the rest of the “recovery.” In contrast to other recoveries over at least the last half century, job creation has never been more anemic. When the new employment numbers came out on Friday, Austan Goolsbee, the head of the President Obama's Council of Economic Advisors, boasted about "the solid pace of employment growth in...
  • In Defense of Greedy Oil Companies and Speculators

    05/04/2011 3:30:10 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 4, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The price for regular gas is hitting $4 a gallon this week, and Americans want to know who is to blame? that's easy, it's greedy oil companies and speculators, that is if we are to believe President Obama’s anti-business rhetoric over the last couple weeks. In fact, he has already a Department of Justice investigation into "manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices, including any illegal activity by traders and speculators." Even high-ranking Republicans might go along with the investigation. Last week, House Speaker John Boehner discussed possibly accepting the President’s proposed tax hikes on oil companies...
  • You Call This a Recovery? Obama Offers More Excuses Than Solutions

    04/29/2011 10:12:58 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 29, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Call it the "excuses recovery." President Obama and his administration have been warning for the last week that the just announced first quarter GDP growth rate of 1.8 percent would be weak, and they have been quick to blame it on the recent spike prices in oil. The problem is that this whole recovery has been anemic, not just one or two slow quarters of economic growth. Seven quarters into the Obama recovery, GDP growth has averaged an annual rate of only 2.8 percent. In contrast, since 1970, the first seven quarters of previous recoveries averaged 4.6 percent. The poor...
  • Don't Single Out Standard & Poor's for Being 'Political'

    04/19/2011 11:00:41 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 19, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    If you think it's hard now to balance the budget, just wait until our credit rating gets trashed. Monday’s warning from the Standard & Poor’s rating agency -- that the U.S. government’s credit rating could be revised downward -- produced a firestorm in Washington. Republicans called it a "wake-up call," while the Obama administration's chief economist, Austan Goolsbee, lambasted Standard & Poor’s actions as purely "political." Credit ratings aren’t just a matter of national pride. Less dependable, risky borrowers have to pay a higher interest rate to get people to buy their bonds. Right now the our government only has...
  • Obama Lacks Credibility as a Leader on Spending Cuts

    04/11/2011 10:00:28 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | April 11, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is President Obama really the Deficit-Cutter-in-Chief? After so obviously racking up massive deficits through his various stimulus programs, President Obama is now trying to portray himself as a leader in the effort to solve this problem. Time after time on yesterday’s Sunday morning talk shows, White House senior adviser David Plouffe said that Obama’s 2012 budget already proposes to reduce the deficits over the next decade by $1 trillion. Surprisingly, not a single host challenged him on his math. Plouffe asserted: “Well, first, on the 2012 budget, that would be $1 trillion of deficit reduction over the next decade and...
  • Paul Ryan Is Right About the Budget -- Americans Cannot Afford Another Decade of Massive Spending

    04/05/2011 10:22:00 AM PDT · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The deficit is a spending problem. That's the simple truth. If federal government spending after President Clinton's last budget had simply grown fast enough to keep up with inflation and the growth in population, the 2012 budget would be running over a $70 billion surplus. Instead, federal expenditures more than doubled from $1.86 to $3.82 trillion in the ten years from 2001 to 2011, causing this year’s enormous $1.65 trillion deficit. During President Obama's first three years in office the government's deficits are adding up to over $4.3 trillion. And there is no let up in sight. The Congressional Budget...
  • The Folly of Public Campaign Funding

    03/28/2011 2:08:05 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 28, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Should political candidates get their campaign costs covered by the government? What if a candidate chooses not to take taxpayer money? And should taxpayers give more money to his opponent if a candidate raises more money for his campaign? Those are the questions that the Supreme Court is discussing today as they hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case challenging Arizona’s taxpayer-funding for political campaigns. Supporters claim that such public financing encourages political debate. They contend that giving everyone the same amount of money ensures all points of view will be heard. The argument seems simple enough, but...
  • What's Really Behind Obama's New Push for Gun Control?

    03/24/2011 2:43:07 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Despite the Libyan crisis and ongoing problems with America's massive deficit, last week President Obama decided it was time to focus on gun control. He wrote an op-ed, challenged the NRA to negotiate new gun control regulations, and met with gun control groups. Of course, Obama's op-ed says he supports gun rights. Yet, he also emphasizes that he doesn't want people to "shout at one another" and supports "reasonable laws." Alas, this is simply positioning for the 2012 presidential election and does not accurately describe his true agenda on gun control. Obama claimed in his op-ed: “My administration has not...
  • Why Unions Are Harmful to Workers

    03/17/2011 5:19:53 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 17, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has finally won his first battle with public employee unions. But the fight against excessive union rights now moves to Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Tennessee. Of course, union leaders are upset, with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently telling PBS’s "News Hour": “This is about [Gov. Scott Walker] trying to take away the rights of workers to come together to bargain . . . .” But in fact, Governor Walker’s budget will help the vast majority of workers in the state. Mr. Trumka naturally wants to make it appear that he is fighting for...
  • The Truth About Obama and Budget Cuts

    03/10/2011 1:09:12 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
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  • Should Bans Against Carrying Concealed Weapons Be Lifted On College Campuses?

    03/09/2011 12:58:43 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 9, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Should permitted faculty and students have the right to carry a concealed handgun on college campuses? Right now once someone qualifies for a permit they can carry a concealed handgun with them virtually anywhere in a state except for a few designated gun-free zones. Prominent among those "protected" areas are universities and schools. Yet, twelve states, including two large ones, Texas and Florida, are currentlly engaged in the debate over whether to end these bans. Florida and Idaho have legislative hearings scheduled for Wednesday. The Idaho House should be voting on the bill by the end of the week. Legislative...
  • The Truth About Obama, Democrats and Budget Cuts

    03/08/2011 8:54:22 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 8, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With major budget votes set for Tuesday, Senate Democrats spent the weekend dismissing House Republicans' plans to cut the budget as “ideological, extremist, reckless." President Obama advocated “a government that lives within its means,” but he also charged “there’s nothing responsible about the Republican budget cuts. Following the same script, news headlines described the House Republicans cuts as "dramatic" and "outrageous." The magnitude of this year’s deficit might be hard for many to appreciate. But the monthly budget deficit for February of $223 billion is larger than the $160.7 billion deficit for all of 2007, the last time we had...
  • Illinois Gun Info Plan Is Misguided and Dangerous

    03/03/2011 7:42:17 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Suppose you or your family are being stalked by a criminal who intends to harm you. Would you feel safer putting a sign in front of your home saying "This home is a gun-free zone"? Would it frighten criminals away? Most people understand that guns deter criminals. But, despite strong opposition from the Illinois State Police, Democrat Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seems determined to publicly identify gun and non-gun owners across the state. For some unknown reason, The Associated Press made a Freedom of Information Act request to the police. One would think that people in Illinois of all...
  • GAO Report and Government Waste -- Can You Spell O-U-T-R-A-G-E?

    03/01/2011 12:27:25 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    We are used to hearing about fraud and government programs that fail to accomplish their goals. It now appears that yet another category might be important: duplication. Hundreds of major government programs have been discovered to duplicate what other government programs are doing. If we are to believe a new Government Accountability Office report, consolidation of programs could easily save up to $200 billion over the next decade. Call it "press release government." For politicians, the best way to be seen as being actively involved and to viewed as caring about a problem is to set up a new government...
  • So How Much Do Public Union Workers Really Make?

    03/01/2011 11:10:52 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    President Obama lashed out at Republicans Monday for having "denigrated or vilified" public union employees. Without collective bargaining and the ability to go on strike, he said we wouldn't be able to attract "the best and the brightest to public service." Are public employees simply the best and the brightest? Or are we simply lavishing them with much better employment deals than their private counterparts? To measure how attractive a job is, economists study how employees vote with their feet -- that is, comparing the rate at which different categories of employees voluntarily quit their jobs. Over the last six...
  • "Gun Law Behind The News"

    02/23/2011 8:41:23 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    Hawaii Reporter ^ | February 19. 2011 | John R. Lott Jr. and Malia Zimmerman
    Interview with Malia Zimmerman on the topic of More Guns, Less Crime.
  • The Stimulus, Not Oil Prices, Is Hammering Consumers

    02/23/2011 8:14:31 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 23, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    .S. crude oil prices soared by 8.5 percent Tuesday, stunning financial markets. The financial media fretted that the oil price shock from the Middle East turmoil would slow or stop the fragile economic recovery. Crude oil prices soared even though gas prices at the pump are already the highest in any February since 1990. The reaction was swift, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling more than 178 points (1.4 percent) and NASDAQ and S&P 500 both also falling by more than 2 percent. This morning, with Libya teetering on the brink of civil war, gas prices continued rising. While...
  • Is the President Clueless about how the Economy Works?

    02/08/2011 11:52:39 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 08, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The link here will take you to a discussion of the Obama Administration’s effort to create jobs in the United States.
  • Another Mistake in The New York Times

    02/05/2011 9:49:18 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Since the tragedy in Tucson, the New York Times has started an all-out campaign for gun control, with a relentless number of pieces -- news, editorials, and op-eds. In its advocacy, even the news stories are heavily biased by selectively quoting only academics who support pro-gun control positions. These seemingly unbiased sources are then contrasted with opposing views from clearly biased people on the other side, such as an NRA spokesman or a right-wing politician. The implied conclusion: scientific evidence favors gun control, but self-interest stands in the way. Take two recent news stories by Michael Luo (here and here)....
  • Mayor Bloomberg's Arizona Gun Show P.R. Stunt

    02/02/2011 5:07:48 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 02, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    New York City's murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault rates rose last year according to preliminary FBI data, with murders alone increasing by more than 12 percent. But instead of concentrating on crime in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg just spent $100,000 of the NYPD's budget sending police to Arizona to buy guns at a gun show. The "sting" was a waste of money that misleads Americans and did nothing to reduce crime. Talk about an aggressive publicity stunt. Arizona officials had not been informed of the operation, which meant that any potential crimes uncovered by the New York City...
  • My Scary Encounter With Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley

    02/01/2011 12:48:37 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Chicago-style politics is infamous for kickbacks, dead people voting, and thuggery. Alas, it is not just a relic of the past. In fact, witness recent stories of Chicago city workers being hired or promoted based on how well they got voters to the polls and not how well they did their official jobs, children getting admitted to prestigious city schools based on political connections, and the granting of city contracts. Unfortunately, I know first hand more than I would like about Chicago politics. A decade ago, I was working at the University of Chicago Law School as an Olin Fellow,...
  • Second Amendment Activist Nikki Goeser and Author John Lott

    01/31/2011 8:49:13 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 1 replies
    NRA News ^ | January 31, 2011 | Nikki Goeser and John Lott
    The video of the discussion with Nikki Goeser and John Lott is available at the link.
  • Most Americans Don't Want the Health Care Law That Was Passed and Efforts to Repeal It Must Continue

    01/21/2011 3:51:07 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Americans are unhappy with ObamaCare. The House’s 245-189 vote to repeal ObamaCare on Wednesday was never really in doubt. In fact, The latest Rasmussen survey shows that 55 percent of Americans want ObamaCare repealed, the same number that showed up in polls when people voted in early November. Seventy five percent of Americans want the law changed. The repeal measure now goes to the Senate. But despite holding a majority in the Senate, Democrats are refusing to hold a vote and publicly support the law. The public opposition shouldn't come as a surprise as the health care law signed by...
  • Gun Control Emotions vs. Gun Control Facts

    01/20/2011 10:52:40 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 23 replies
    AOL News ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just 24 hours after the shooting in Tucson, politicians were calling for more gun control. And the drumbeat has continued. On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called for using the information supplied on people's applications to join the military to determine whether they will be banned from buying guns. Sens.Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., promised a new push for renewing at least part of the federal assault weapons ban. The previous week had been filled with calls for everything from gun show regulations to a thousand-foot gun-free zone around politicians. But while the emotional reaction to a mass...
  • Arizona Shootings, Gun Violence Research and the Facts vs. The New York Times

    01/16/2011 5:16:14 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    You know you’re doing something right when two New York Times columnists, Gail Collins and Nicholas Kristof, attack your research on the same day. Kristof followed up on criticism leveled earlier in the week by others writing for The Times. I must have said something substantial enough to warrant this attention. Let us check the facts. Gail Collins worries that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed handguns can't be trusted: "One can only hope that Saturday's horrible attack in Tucson encourages more citizens to carry concealed handguns," wrote John Lott, Jr. . . . on Wednesday. As a model, he pointed to...
  • Debating gun control after the Tucson attack: John Lott and the Brady Campaign's Paul Helmke

    01/16/2011 5:11:16 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 10 replies
    CSPAN Washington Journal ^ | January 13, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr. and Paul Helmke
    Paul Helmke and John Lott talked about the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, in which Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others were wounded and six people killed on January 8, 2011. They focused on jurisdiction and purview of federal gun laws, state gun laws, the efficacy and implementation of background checks, the success of bans on various kinds of gun-related weaponry, and the effect that past multiple-victim- shootings have had on guns laws. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.
  • The Arizona Shootings, Gun Violence Research and the Facts vs. The New York Times (FACTS ALERT)

    01/15/2011 10:24:10 AM PST · by DocH · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 14, 2011 | John Lott
    You know you’re doing something right when two New York Times columnists, Gail Collins and Nicholas Kristof, attack your research on the same day. Kristof followed up on criticism leveled earlier in the week by others writing for The Times. I must have said something substantial enough to warrant this attention. Let us check the facts...
  • Rounding Up the Guns - What not to do (Interview of John R. Lott Jr. by Kathryn Jean Lopez)

    01/15/2011 11:02:37 AM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | January 13, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr. & Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Rounding Up the GunsWhat not to do The go-to expert on foolish rushes to further restrict guns after a shooting is John R. Lott Jr. An economist and foxnews.com contributor, he is author of the authoritative More Guns, Less Crime, now in its third edition. National Review Online talked to him about the Tucson attack.Kathryn Jean Lopez: Are you outraged that Jared Lee Loughner was not marked a “prohibited possessor” when he went to Sportman’s Warehouse to buy a gun on November 30?John R. Lott Jr.: No, I am not. While about 90 percent of murderers have a violent criminal...
  • The Arizona Shootings, Gun Violence Research and the Facts vs. The New York Times

    01/14/2011 5:17:22 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 14, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    You know you’re doing something right when two New York Times columnists, Gail Collins and Nicholas Kristof, attack your research on the same day. Kristof followed up on criticism leveled earlier in the week by others writing for The Times. I must have said something substantial enough to warrant this attention. Let us check the facts. Gail Collins worries that law-abiding citizens carrying concealed handguns can't be trusted: . . .
  • Text of John Lott and the Brady Campaign's Paul Helmke debating gun control on Fox News today

    01/09/2011 6:31:03 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/09/2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Megyn: Should tougher restrictions be placed on gun purchases and ownership in the wake of the tragedy, john lott is a Fox News contributor and the author of "more guns, less crime" and Paul Helmke is the president of the brady campaign to prevent gun violence joins us, gentlemen, thanks for being here, appreciate it. Lott: Thank you. >> Megyn: John, let me start with you to respond to the congresswoman, who -- the statement gets a lot of feedback from people when you say, guns kill. . . .
  • The Truth About Fox News Viewers

    01/05/2011 3:35:22 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 05, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Does watching Fox News rot your brain? According to a report released last month by WorldPublicOpinion.org at the University of Maryland, "Misinformation and the 2010 Election," the more people watch Fox News, the more they are "misinformed." The allegation rapidly became a favorite topic for leading mainstream news outlets including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, CBS News, Slate, The Atlantic. Even major newspapers in Canada and the U.K. covered the report. Of course, left-wing websites -- the Talking Point Memo, Media Matters, and the Daily Kos -- reveled in the findings. The report asserted that Fox...
  • Obama Officials Play Chicken Little With the Debt Ceiling

    01/06/2011 3:48:54 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 06, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Two years into the Obama administration and the overused tactic of claiming crises to push legislation is becoming tiresome. Remember, immediately after President Obama came into office, we were warned that if the massive Stimulus program wasn't passed immediately, unemployment would go up above 8.1 percent. And the health care takeover had to be passed by August 2009 or public and private health care costs would spiral out of control. Of course, it is now obvious that neither the stimulus program nor Obamacare had any prospect of accomplishing their stated goals. And then there was the start treaty with Russia...
  • Americans very gloomy about the economy

    12/29/2010 11:25:53 AM PST · by JohnRLott · 27 replies · 11+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    All the economic numbers being thrown around as the year draws to a close are bewildering. Some are positive, some are negative, but for many this week it is hard to get an overall feel for how well the economy is doing. On the upside, GDP is rising, though slowly, and economists have raised their forecasts for next year's economic growth. Retail sales this holiday season increased by 5.5 percent over last year. Inflation has remained low, just 1.1 percent over the last year. And the stock market has rebounded. Yet, there are major negatives. Most seriously, the very high...
  • Class Warfare May Make Good Politics But Is It Fair to the American Taxpayer?

    12/15/2010 2:50:49 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 15, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    With the Senate passing the new tax bill today and the House soon to follow, many liberals are up in arms about not increasing the income tax rates for higher income individuals. According to Democrats, these are the wealthy... the rich... the millionaires and billionaires. And it is only fair that people who earn more should pay more in taxes, right? The call for increasing tax rates on the highest income individuals is repeated over and over. "I think the people that benefit most should pay most. That's always been my position -- not for class warfare reasons; for reasons...