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  • The Hypocrisy Astounds in MSGOP Facebook Post

    10/03/2014 11:25:41 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Just when you thought the Mississippi Republican Party could not get any more hypocritical than they already are, they surprise us again! The Mississippi GOP, in a posting on Facebook, attacked Travis Childers and Rickey Cole for taking a page from the liberal playbook – the class card. President Obama knew “hope” and “change” would not “win him a second term, so he used class envy to play on the worst instincts of his voters.” So now Childers and Cole are doing likewise, they tell us. Democrats “love playing the ‘rich versus poor’ game. That’s a great political tactic, but...
  • Russian Bank Hires Former Senators Trent Lott, John Breaux To Lobby Against U.S. Sanctions

    09/05/2014 12:40:56 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 46 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/2/2014 | Alexander Cohen
    Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions, according to a new disclosure filed with the Senate. Gazprombank is controlled by Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom, the country’s largest gas producer; it supplies about a third of Europe’s natural gas. In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., and former Senator John Breaux, D-La., are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking...
  • Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun

    08/06/2014 11:21:04 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ver the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order. Every day I live with these questions: What if today is the day that my stalker posts bail? What if today is the day that he discovers my parents’ new address? What if I go to a lecture on campus and he shows up there? I feel that I have no control over my life. My family was forced to move. I have had stay indoors, keep drapes...
  • Lott: Miss. GOP could use shake-up

    08/04/2014 5:25:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 3, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe and Megan R. Wilson
    Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says Mississippi Republicans may need a regime change after the damaging primary fight between Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and state Sen. Chris McDaniel. “This has shown the fissures that are there and I do think the party leaders – it may cause the need for some change in the party leadership,” Lott, now the co-chairman of Squire Patton Boggs' public policy practice, told The Hill during a wide-ranging interview at the firm's Washington office. He warned that the Mississippi establishment is ignoring the Tea Party wing of the GOP at their own peril. “If they...
  • What liberal media won't tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America

    06/24/2014 9:35:37 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer. While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades. The drop is even larger than the overall decline in the murder rate.
  • BREAKING: People Read Blogs in Mississippi. NRSC Blames Chris McDaniel For Mississippi Literacy.

    05/17/2014 5:17:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 71 replies
    RedState ^ | Erick Erickson
    Thad Cochran is getting his butt kicked in Mississippi by conservative challenger Chris McDaniel. That has sent the NRSC and its friends into a tailspin and they are desperate to tar and feather Chris McDaniel. Some freak in Mississippi has handed them their latest tool. By willfully ignoring the real timeline and facts, the NRSC wishes to drag Chris McDaniel into scandal and, they no doubt hope, down in the polls. It is an open secret in Mississippi that Thad Cochran’s wife is in a nursing home. I have known it for some time, which is why RedState has not...
  • Meet Cochran's Top Fundraiser: 'Big Chicken' Barron And Barbour Ally Joe Sanderson

    05/03/2014 4:38:26 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    The godfather of Mississippi's largest and most powerful industry – one that has longed push for more lenient immigration law's to help provide cheap labor – is Sen. Thad Cochran's fundraising chairman, the Daily Caller's Neil Munro writes in a richly reported piece. Joe Sanderson, the owner of Sanderson Farms, the third largest chicken processor nationwide, is a longtime ally of lobbyist and former Gov. Haley Barbour now helping Cochran's reelection efforts.
  • Laura Ingraham Endorses Chris McDaniel, Citing Immigration Pledge

    04/29/2014 2:41:01 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Matthew Boyle
    Saying his victory "would send a shockwave through the incumbent class," Talk radio host Laura Ingraham endorsed state senator Chris McDaniel Tuesday in his bid against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, citing his early adoption of a new anti-amnesty pledge. Monday, McDaneil signed an immigration pledge the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), raising the importance of the issue in the bloody primary battle in Mississippi.
  • All’s Farrah In Love

    02/05/2014 1:29:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | 2-4-14 | Skip Hollandsworth
    Four years after Farrah Fawcett’s death, her alma mater and her former partner, Ryan O’Neal, went to court over an Andy Warhol painting of the blond pop icon. In December a jury settled the case, but it had no hope of deciding on the question at the heart of the dispute: Whom did Farrah really love? It was a Monday morning in mid-December at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the day of closing arguments in the matter of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System v. Ryan O’Neal, and the show was just minutes from getting...
  • What we've learned from the very partial government slimdown

    10/13/2013 11:05:59 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2013 | John Lott
    even during the temporary and partial government shutdown, we are spending more than when President Obama took office. . . . .
  • Fox Contributor: John Boehner ‘Purposely Suppressing Anything About Benghazi’

    08/05/2013 9:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/5/13 | Noah Rothman
    Former Democratic pollster and Fox News contributor, Pat Caddell, appeared on Fox News Channel over the weekend where he alleged that there is a White House-led cover-up of the details surrounding the Benghazi attacks. Furthermore, he added, that cover-up of information regarding the White House’s response to that attack is being aided by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “We have John Boehner, who has been purposely suppressing anything about Benghazi because he knew what we found out this week,” Caddell alleged. “And he approved it.”
  • Which current Supreme Court justices are DUMB by historical standards?

    09/26/2013 9:04:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/26/2013 | JAMIE WEINSTEIN
    Courts are being dumbed down because politicians are trying to keep the smartest and most persuasive judges off the bench, argues conservative economist John Lott in his recently released book, ”Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Justices Off the Bench.” “While confirmations have been getting tougher for all the nominees, smarter, more influential nominees have had the hardest time getting confirmed,” Lott told The Daily Caller in an interview about his book. “There is a simple reason for this. Judges who understand the law and are articulate may be able to convince other judges hearing cases to...
  • NO ROOM FOR ACCOMPLISHED INTELLIGENCE IN JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

    09/26/2013 6:44:54 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 25, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In his newest book, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps The Smartest Judges Off The Bench, John R. Lott, Jr. examines the increasing role of courts in American life and the consequent difficulty excellence judicial nominees face over confirmation—especially if they are not invested in liberal ideology. Lott shows that we have reached a point where the more fit a nominee is for the bench—via his or her accomplishments, educational honors, and experience—the more unfit he or she may be viewed in the confirming process. And this is more true for Republican nominees than for Democrats. Lott examines how...
  • Bigger government becomes dumber government becomes mediocre judges

    09/18/2013 6:20:18 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Washington Examiners ^ | SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 | Conn Carroll
    Unless you are a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, you probably have never heard of Lillian BeVier. BeVier graduated at the top of her class from Stanford Law School in 1965, where she worked as an editor of the prestigious Stanford Law Review. She went on to receive multiple distinguished awards throughout her career in private practice before joining the University of Virginia law faculty in 1973. By 1991, she was the perfect candidate with ideal credentials when President George H.W. Bush nominated her for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Yet...
  • Waking a Sleeping Giant in Colorado

    09/12/2013 7:28:01 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 12 sept 2013 | John Lott
    Two weeks ago, the Washington Post declared the recall elections of two powerful state senators in Colorado a national “referendum on guns.” Indeed, the defeat of state-senate president John Morse and fellow state senator Angela Giron will cause some Democrats to rethink their push on gun control. But of course, many Democrats have reacted by shrugging off the results. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dismissed the losses as the result of “voter suppression, pure and simple” (orchestrated by the National Rifle Association and the Koch brothers, of course). Mark Glaze, executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against...
  • Jobs numbers reflect another bleak month for American workers

    09/06/2013 4:08:39 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 06, 2013 | John Lott
    Friday’s new job numbers show something workers already knew: they face a very bleak job market. Unfortunately, Americans have been facing tough times for many years now. According to the latest Gallup poll, Obama’s job approval rating on the economy stands at just 35 percent. After over four years, this continues to be, by far, the worst recovery on record. And that goes for income as well as for job growth. Too often the media’s gauge of whether the economy is improving rests solely on the number of jobs created or the unemployment rate. And indeed, 169,000 jobs were added...
  • Trayvon Martin's testimony wouldn't have changed anything in Zimmerman trial

    07/10/2013 4:44:34 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 10, 2013 | John Lott
    In the days since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by 28-year-old George Zimmerman, a common claim has been: "we will never know what happened between Zimmerman and Martin since the only person who knows the truth and is still alive is Zimmerman." But this statement is not accurate. Zimmerman's defense rested its case Wednesday. And the truth is, we know a lot about what happened on that fateful night. Trayvon Martin's testimony, could he have spoken, wouldn't changed anything. For those who have watched the trial, ask yourself: is there even one piece of convincing evidence that Zimmerman...
  • Gun control just got even more difficult

    05/31/2013 9:30:41 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 31, 2013 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Gun control, any already difficult task, just got even more difficult. The 3D printing revolution is well under way. This wonderful new technology will allow small companies and even individuals to manufacture a wide range of items, such as medical devices that fit each individual’s unique size and shape. However, it is increasingly obvious that guns and gun parts can be made, even including entire assault weapons. Unfortunately, the initial regulatory proposals will likely increase crime. As usual, new technology is hard to stop, and the Department of Homeland Security last week declared: "Limiting access [to 3D-printing to make guns]...
  • Most comprehensive crime study ever conducted--devastating to gun control advocates

    05/22/2013 8:20:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Amazon.com ^ | 12 May, 2013 | Candid Reviewer
    First, some background about me: I am a Ph.D.-holder and tenured professor whose immersion in the insular politics of academia had led me to harbor many negative perceptions about firearms. Though I was never staunchly "anti-gun," I was not a gun owner, did not understand the appeal of firearms, and generally believed that gun control legislation was only common sense. That changed four years ago when I (finally) decided to look into the data on guns, crime, and public safety for myself. I am a trained researcher, but I conducted my research for personal not professional reasons. My wife was...
  • AMERICA'S MOST FEARED ECONOMIST ... Ann Coulter

    05/02/2013 1:40:13 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 1 May 2013 | Ann Coulter
    You can tell the conservatives liberals fear most because they start being automatically referred to as "discredited." Ask Sen. Ted Cruz. But no one is called "discredited" by liberals more often than the inestimable economist John Lott, author of the groundbreaking book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. Lott's economic analysis of the effect of concealed-carry laws on violent crime is the most thoroughly vetted study in the history of economics, perhaps in the history of the world. Some nut Dutch professor produces dozens of gag studies purportedly finding that thinking about red meat makes people...
  • The problems of gun checks

    04/16/2013 5:25:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    philly.com ^ | 16 April, 2013 | John Lott
    Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns. However, expanded background checks are not the simple answer that Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) think they are. Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: "It's the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don't want having guns." Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works. Take his claim on Sunday: "Since checks began in 1998, more than 100,000 people who are ineligible to own guns have been denied them each year." Just because...
  • Fact vs. fiction on background checks and the gun control debate

    04/10/2013 2:56:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9 April, 2013 | John Lott
    Will Senate Democrats be able to end debate on their new gun control bill Tuesday night? President Obama says that it is “not right” to continue the debate. But he might be more afraid that Senators will point out all of his false claims and reveal the gun control bill’s dangers. Mr. Obama got it all backwards in his April 3rd speech in Colorado: "tougher background checks . . . won’t infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners, but will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people." The president kept claiming this week and last week...
  • CSPAN Book Discussion on "At the Brink: Will Obama push us over the edge"

    04/02/2013 11:21:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Mar 6, 2013 | John Lott
    Author John Lott talked about his book, At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge, in which he argues that, thanks to President Obama, we are on the verge of economic and social collapse. This talk was part of Loudoun County, Virginia’s Ronald Reagan Lecture Series.
  • PA:Fox News contributor John R. Lott Jr. to present 'More Guns, Less Crime' lecture at Dickinson

    03/25/2013 1:06:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    pennlive.com ^ | 25 March, 2013 | Eric Veronikis
    Fox News contributor John R. Lott Jr., author of the book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” will present a lecture on gun control and crime at Dickinson College. Lott, who also has appeared on the ABC and NBC evening news, PBS NewsHour and the "Today" show on NBC, will argue that crime rates fall, when law-abiding people are armed and can defend themselves. He also will share his opinion on gun-control laws and the relationship among guns, crimes and violence, according to a news release from the college. Lott is an economist and educator who has authored seven books. The event...
  • Can poor people be trusted with guns?

    03/12/2013 6:15:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12 March, 2013 | John Lott
    Can poor people be trusted with guns? Overwhelmingly, Republicans thinks so. But while Democrats fight against taxes on the poor and oppose voter photo IDs because they impose too much of burden, they seem to be doing everything possible – from fees, expensive training requirements, and photo IDs -- to make it next to impossible for the poor to own guns. Indeed, legislation in at least 17 states around the country is aimed specifically at making it more costly to own a gun. Democrats are voting in mass against exempting the poor from fees when it comes to guns. New...
  • February's jobs report only looks good because our expectations are so low

    03/08/2013 11:26:35 AM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 08, 2013 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The new unemployment numbers released Friday look reasonable only because our expectations have are so low. In February, the 236,000 new jobs added beat out the 166,000 increase in the working age population, but the labor force participation rate remains stuck at a level that is so low Americans haven't seen anything like it for decades. It simply isn't making a dent in the huge number of people who have simply given up looking for work. Even this last month didn't really help. The number of unemployed Americans fell by about 300,000, but 99 percent of that drop can be...
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns gets supposed list of shootings where guns were allowed all wrong

    02/03/2013 5:21:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 2 February, 2013 | John Lott
    I have previously noted that there were two multiple victim public shootings that weren't in gun-free zones. Those were the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Carson City, NV IHOP shootings, though I had originally missed the IHOP case because it didn't meet the four-victim threshold until a wounded victim died later. In response to my statements, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) has put together a list of their own cases where they claim that more shootings have occurred where guns are allowed. The group's chairman, John Feinblatt, had a relatively long 255 letter in the Wall Street Journal publicizing this...
  • The ‘40 Percent’ Myth - The figure gun control advocates are throwing around is false. (John Lott)

    01/24/2013 1:37:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | John Lott
    Gun-control advocates have recently been throwing around an impressive new number. President Obama used it last Wednesday, claiming: “as many as 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.” Vice President Biden and everyone from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to USA Today repeatedly use it. That “fact” provided the principal support for his first announced gun-control proposal, “universal background checks.” But unless you include family inheritances and gifts as “purchases,” it is simply false.The Brady Act background checks currently prevent someone who buys from a federally licensed dealer from buying a gun...
  • The Facts About Assault Weapons and Crime

    01/18/2013 4:21:07 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1-17-13 | John Lott
    Warning about "weapons designed for the theater of war," President Obama on Wednesday called for immediate action on a new Federal Assault Weapons Ban. He said that "more of our fellow Americans might still be alive" if the original assault weapons ban, passed in 1994, had not expired in 2004. Last month, in the wake of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) promised to introduce an updated version of the ban. She too warned of the threat posed by "military weapons." After the nightmare of Newtown, their concern is understandable. Yet...
  • Errors in Huffington Post discussion on gun control

    01/01/2013 7:49:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    John Lott ^ | 1 January, 2013 | John Lott
    Paul Heroux has this as part of his post up at the Huffington Post: Economist John Lott likes to point out that wherever there has been a gun ban we have seen crime increase. Lott has specifically made the point concerning England's 1997 gun moratorium. Unfortunately, this example is a little loose with the statistics. In some countries where an increase in gun homicides followed a gun ban, it was part of an already rising trend, as it was in England. In other cases it followed the ban. In short, there is no causal relationship; the relationship is spurious. Additionally,...
  • So were Piers Morgan and Christiane Amanpour dishonest about crime rates last night?

    12/22/2012 9:47:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 20 December, 2012 | John Lott
    From my appearance last night on CNN. LOTT: Every place that guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up. You cannot point to one place, whether it's Chicago or whether it's D.C. or whether it's been England of whether it's been Jamaica or Ireland. MORGAN: I'm sorry, but that's just a complete lie. It's a complete lie. The gun murder rate in Britain is 35 a year, average. You need to stop repeating a blatant lie, about what happens in other countries. [cross talk] No, you're not going to get away with this. You lied about it the other...
  • Soledad O’Brien vs. John Lott

    12/19/2012 1:46:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 18, 2012 | Patrick Brennan
    Yesterday morning, Soledad O’Brien had on her CNN show economist John Lott, of More Guns, Less Crime fame (also an NRO contributor). As I’ve discussed before on NRO, O’Brien has a habit of bringing on conservative guests and then spitting out Democratic talking points under the glib guise of a non-partisan moderator calling them to account on the facts.But her encounter with Lott, the video of which you can view below, is a new low: Rather than parroting liberal arguments (which typically involve at least a few facts) in order to confront Lott’s arguments, she merely relates her bewildered sentiments...
  • One in Ten Mass Shootings Stopped by Armed Citizens; Most Occur Where Guns are Banned

    12/17/2012 10:41:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    In the best published study of mass shootings, it was found that 99 had occurred between 1980 and 2010. We know that a number of mass shootings have been stopped by armed citizens. All but one of the “successful” mass shootings occurred in areas where armed citizens are banned. A comparison of mass shootings stopped by 911 response vs mass shootings stopped by citizens indicates that when citizens are able to stop the killing, they prevent 84 percent of the deaths. Mass shooting study link Mass shootings Stopped by Armed Citizens Civilians stopped shooting average 2.3 deaths, 911 response average,...
  • Media Discussion of my pieces on Bob Costas (John Lott)

    12/08/2012 8:42:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 8 December, 2012 | John Lott
    Regarding my first op-ed this last week at Fox News on Costas here is some of the reaction. I will update this later when I have time to put in responses. From Entertainment Weekly: As you can guess, his commentary was closely scrutinized, and while some applauded his effort, many criticized him for broaching a politically taboo subject in the midst of Sunday Night Football. Second-Amendment advocates like Fox News’ John Lott dismissed Costas for his “emotional reaction,” and media-watcher Howard Kurtz said, “If Bob Costas wanted to urge gun control during NFL, he should have made his own case,...
  • Accidental firearm deaths for those under age 15 rise back up in 2010

    09/24/2012 8:06:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 23 September, 2012 | John Lott
    CDC data show number of accidental firearm deaths for children under age 15 has gone back up to 62, a number that it was at in 2008. The 48 accidental deaths in 2009 was unusually low. A similar pattern also held for total accidental gun deaths for all ages: 2008, 592; 2009, 554; and 2010, 606. However, over the longer term, the pattern for accidental gun deaths is similar to other accidental deaths in that is as long as we have data you see a gradual decline, though in recent years the decline in accidental firearm deaths has slowed.
  • Concealed-carry saves lives, gun advocates say(TX barf alert)

    09/17/2012 7:45:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    star-telegram.com ^ | 15 September, 2012 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON -- In the wake of mass shootings this summer, a fusillade of a different sort erupted when gun-rights advocates suggested an audience member with a concealed weapon might have saved the day. After gunman James Holmes opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colo., theater, killing 12 and wounding 58, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, wondered whether an armed movie patron "could have stopped this guy more quickly." Later, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate, called Gohmert's view "nonsensical." This exchange shows how far the gun debate has come since the days when it was centered on the...
  • Did Colorado shooter single out Cinemark theater because it banned guns?

    09/11/2012 7:01:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 10 September, 2012 | John Lott
    With 12 dead and 58 wounded, the July 20th shooting at the Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado was sure to result in a lawsuit. On Friday, the first suit was announced, claiming Cinemark has “primary responsibility.” The theater did have responsibility for the attack, but not for the reasons that the lawyers bringing the case think. The lawyer bringing the suit, Attorney Marc Bern, with the New York city law firm of Napoli, Bern, Ripka and Scholonik, suggested the theater should have had security guards the night of the attack. Yet, checking bags or metal detectors at the...
  • John Lott Dissects HuffPo Gun-Crime Article

    08/18/2012 8:06:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    gunauction.com ^ | 14 August, 2012 | John Lott
    (GunAuction) -- John Lott, writing on this personal blog johnrlott.blogspot.com, commented that there has been a lot of discussion about Australia's gun control laws. He cites a piece at the Huffington Post. A decade-long examination of the program in the journal "Injury Prevention" concluded that "chances of gun death in Australia dropped twice as steeply" after the program was implemented. A study by Harvard University in the Spring of 2011 suggested that the program helped reduce, either causally or directly, firearm deaths, gun-related suicides and accidental shootings. The Washington Post, summarizing many of the studies, concluded that there was "strong...
  • Concealed weapons save lives

    07/25/2012 8:08:47 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 4 replies
    http://www.nydailynews.com ^ | July 25 2012 | J.Lott
    Friday’s horrible shooting in Colorado occurred in yet another place where guns are banned. And that’s consistent with a trend: With a single exception, every multiple-victim public shooting in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed since at least 1950 has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry their own firearms. The Cinemark movie theater in Aurora, like others run by the chain around the country, displayed warning signs that it was illegal to carry guns into the theater.
  • Probably the weirdest interview that I have ever had (John Lott)

    07/24/2012 11:43:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 24 July, 20112 | John Lott
    I have been interviewed by Howard Stern, and I thought that was pretty strange. This interview was even more bizarre. Mediaite has the entire 16 minute video available here. How does Mediaite describe the interview: Morgan kept grilling Lott over his premise that gun control will not help stem violence, and that having more guns out there will lead to less crime. Lott tried to rebut the points Dershowitz and Morgan were making, but Morgan repeatedly interrupted him to get Lott to answer his questions and telling Lott that he was spouting “nonsense.” Lott tried to explain the difference between...
  • What Zimmerman, Martin medical reports tell us and the media didn't

    05/16/2012 2:07:07 PM PDT · by Bobbys1963 · 106 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 16, 2012 | John Lott
    The new medical reports on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case tell us a lot. And it is not just for what they find, but also what they don’t find. First, the reports provide striking evidence that Zimmerman did not start the fight with Martin, and that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. Martin’s injuries were two-fold: broken skin on his knuckles and the fatal gunshot wound. Zimmerman’s injuries involved: a fractured nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury. It takes considerable force to break the skin on multiple knuckles....
  • Obama and GM Cook the Books

    05/16/2012 8:14:59 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2012 | John Lott
    Would you hire President Obama as your financial adviser? Three years ago his administration invested more than $100 billion in taxpayer money to bail out General Motors. On Tuesday, the entire company, not just what the government owns, was worth less than $34 billion. By anyone’s definition, that investment is a glaring failure. Yet over the last few days the Obama campaign, in a $25 million marketing blitz, has flooded the airwaves with ads in battleground states, claiming the bailout should be counted a rousing success. Unfortunately, assertions that “all loans have been repaid to the federal government,” that the...
  • Former Senator Trent Lott Lobbies for U.N. Treaty He Vehemently Opposed

    05/08/2012 6:21:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | April 30, 2012 | Lachlan Markay
    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is lobbying for the Senate to ratify a treaty that would undermine American sovereignty and damage the country economically – incidentally, characterizations that Lott himself has advanced. During his time in the Senate, Lott vehemently opposed the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, also known as the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), saying it would create a “U.N. on steroids” that “would undermine U.S. military operations … and impair navigational rights” by subjecting maritime disputes to U.N. authority.
  • Another bogus attack by Media Matters

    04/28/2012 11:42:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 26 April, 2012 | John Lott
    Just a couple of days ago, Media Matters had another list of false claims and I responded to their list here. Now Media Matters attacks an op-ed that I had at the New York Daily News. After David Brock's, the founder of Media Matters, hypocrisy in having Media Matters constantly attacking gun ownership while at the same time illegally having handguns publicly carried for his own self defense in Washington, DC, his organization continues its "do as I say, not as I do" policy. It is too bad that in the past Media Matters has refused to let me post...
  • Where’s the ‘Probable Cause’?

    04/13/2012 7:05:10 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 281 replies
    national review ^ | 4-13-12 | John Lott
    The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct. The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak. As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I have read a number of such affidavits, and cannot recall one lacking so much relevant information. The prosecutor has most likely deliberately overcharged, hoping to intimidate Zimmerman into agreeing to a plea bargain. If this case goes to trial, Zimmerman will almost definitely be found “not guilty” on the charge of second-degree murder. The prosecutor wasn’t required to go to the...
  • Alan Gottlieb & Dr. John Lott This Week on ARMED AMERICAN RADIO

    11/11/2011 4:42:08 AM PST · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 10 November, 2011 | Mark Walters
    Atlanta GA --(Ammoland.com)- AAR host Mark Walters brings a powerhouse lineup to the nations airwaves this Sunday, 11-13-2011 on the Armed American Radio Network. Joining Mark this week will be Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation along with Fox News Contributor, best selling author of More Guns, Less Crime, 3rd edition, the man who confounds the anti-gun establishment at every turn, Dr. John Lott. Mark Walters said, “In the wake of the continued stonewalling by Attorney General Eric Holder during this weeks Senate hearings, Alan Gottlieb will join me to discuss the growing calls for his resignation. In...
  • Victims Share 'Gun-Free' Horrors at Aug. 6 Nat'l Self-Defense Conference

    08/16/2011 6:49:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 16 August, 2011 | Joe Shaver
    Two women, victims of gun violence in gun-free zones, opened the Aug. 6 National Self-Defense Conference in Washington organized by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and the Second Amendment Foundation. Had the law allowed the women to carry their guns, they would not have been attacked, said Amanda Collins, who was then a student at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada when she was attacked. The second woman, Nikki Goeser, said she blamed the gun violence that she experienced on gun control laws. Goeser said her husband was shot and killed in a bar in April 2009...
  • Virginia's John Lott (More Guns, Less Crime) to debate Colin Goddard - 8/8/11@Noon

    08/07/2011 8:30:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    opencarry.org ^ | 27 July, 2011 | SCC
    On August 8th, Students for Concealed Carry are supposed to have a national convention in DC. The main liaison for the group dropped the ball and didn't do his job coordinating things. As a result, the convention is in desperate need to get a lot more bodies at the convention than we are currently looking to get. We should have at least 100 and we are at only about 40, and I am not completely sure that is for certain. Are there any college age or 20-something or even 30 something people who you know who could attend? At this...
  • Bellevue v. Brady Bunch on Monday in Washington, D.C.

    08/05/2011 4:51:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation is hosting a forum next Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and a highlight of the event – which is held in cooperation with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus – will be a debate between Colin Goddard with the Brady Campaign and economist John Lott, author of More Guns = Less Crime. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb will be there, along with attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued both of this century’s landmark Second Amendment cases before the Supreme Court, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v....
  • 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...