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  • Bloomberg has little to show for millions spent on gun control

    12/02/2016 3:11:48 AM PST · by richardb72 · 27 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | December 2, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    If it wasn’t for Michael Bloomberg’s billions, there wouldn’t be much of a gun-control movement. This year, Bloomberg got a background check initiative onto the ballots of Maine and Nevada. He lost in Maine by 4 percent, and won in Nevada by just 0.8 percent. Now, Nevadans won’t be able to privately transfer their firearms without going through a background check. Bloomberg’s initiative only eked out the win in Nevada because of the $20 million spent to support it, amounting to an incredible $35.30 per vote. He outspent his opponents by a factor of three – in Maine, by a...
  • Voter Fraud Is Not a Myth

    11/08/2016 9:26:55 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | November 8, 2016 | Dr. John Lott
    America’s limited experiment with voter-ID laws may come to an end after this election. Democrats keep claiming that voter fraud is a myth. But voter fraud has mattered in plenty of American elections. Take Lyndon Johnson’s election to the U.S. Senate in 1948, when LBJ won by manufacturing enough fake votes to turn a 20,000-vote deficit into an 87-vote win. Others point to voter fraud in Illinois and Texas during the 1960 presidential election; indeed, we may never know whether Kennedy actually “won.” Chicago was infamous for counting the votes of dead people. In 1982, U.S. Attorney Daniel Webb found...
  • It’s already too late for gun control to work

    11/08/2016 9:44:28 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2016 | Dr. John Lott
    It seems obvious: Restrict gun access and people will be safer. Indeed, in all four presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine have pushed for background checks on private transfers of guns. Clinton says this will “keep guns out of the hands of those who will do harm.” After each mass public shooting, President Obama has made a similar case for background checks on private transfers of guns. But theory and practice don’t always match. Too often, gun bans or background checks don’t stop criminals and disarm law-abiding citizens, particularly poor minorities. This only makes life easier for...
  • Government may be allowed to ban books and movies

    11/08/2016 9:20:32 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 10 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | November 8, 2016 | Dr. John Lott
    Believe it or not, this election will determine whether political appointees can prohibit books and movies released during election years that criticize their policies or behavior. It’s well known that Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission concerns the role of money in politics, but it’s less often remarked that the decision centered around a 2008 film called “Hillary: The Movie,” a documentary critical of Mrs. Clinton. Arguing against Citizens United, a conservative non-profit, the Federal Election Commission made the case that because a film, such as “Hillary: The Movie,” was produced or distributed by a corporation (as are all commercial...
  • Libertarian VP nom Weld:"libertarian party pulls substantially more from Mr. Trump"

    11/06/2016 11:34:00 AM PST · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    johnrlott.com ^ | November 6, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    http://johnrlott.blogspot.com/2016/11/libertarian-vp-nominee-bill-weldmy.html Libertarian VP nominee Bill Weld claims:"my belief is that the libertarian party pulls substantially more from Mr. Trump" @ 2:41 mark (video is available here). I had heard that Weld has been raising money with this message as a way of getting those who want Hillary to win to donate money. Consistent with that, it also just so happens that the big dollars that the libertarians have been spending have apparently been on conservative talk radio. The New York Times also has an op-ed saying that the Libertarians will tilt the election to Hillary Clinton. With just a few...
  • Mistakes, consequences if Question 1 passes

    11/04/2016 11:42:07 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Link to Reno Gazette-Journal | November 4, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    With Bloomberg's gun control initiative getting very close in the Nevada polls, here is a piece that was published in one of Nevada's bigger newspapers. http://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/11/04/one-view-mistakes-consequences-if-question-1-passes/93279474/ The same initiative is on the ballot in Maine. Read and share with people in Nevada and Maine.
  • National Democrats Slander Minnesota's Jason Lewis

    11/04/2016 7:32:21 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/04/2016 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    Desperate Democrat Angie Craig is accusing Jason Lewis of justifying rape and slavery. Rarely has an electorate been subject to such a brazen and transparent example of raw political ambition and outright duplicity than those unfortunate souls living in Minnesota’s second congressional district. While the race for the hotly contested open seat, which covers the southern half of the Twin Cities metro region and areas to its southeast, remains a “toss up” between Republican Jason Lewis and Democrat Angie Craig, according to the Cook Political Report — it has been the campaign of Craig and her Democrat surrogates at the...
  • There is no particular risk in allowing concealed carry on campus

    10/28/2016 11:21:36 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    In their Oct. 23 Sunday Opinion essay, “Guns on campus only invite tragedies,” Daniel Webster and Ronald Daniels claimed that letting college students carry guns for protection is a “recipe for tragedy.” Permit holders commit firearms-related violations at a lower rate than even the very low rate for police officers. The rate is in the thousandths of a percentage point, and data for Michigan, Nevada and Texas show that the rate is just as low for college-age permit holders. But instead of looking at how young permit holders actually behave, Mr. Daniels and Mr. Webster simply point out that “violence, alcohol...
  • Federal data used for control campaign miss the mark - big time

    10/28/2016 11:15:09 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2016 | Fox News
    Federal data showing annual accidental gun deaths in Tennessee soared to 105 from just 19 propelled a fierce firearms control campaign, but it turned out the stats were about as accurate as a two-dollar pistol. The numbers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seemed to show the Volunteer State led the nation in accidental shooting deaths due to a more than five-fold increase in 2014. But an eagle-eyed Second Amendment advocate's suspicions turned out to be right: The number of accidental deaths had actually dropped, from 19 to just five. “It was a big mistake,” said John Lott,...
  • If Clinton wins, America, kiss your right to self-defense good-bye

    10/21/2016 2:09:22 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    In terms of individual rights, there has probably never been so much at stake in a presidential election. If Hillary Clinton wins, Americans will soon lose the right of self-defense in their own homes. Wednesday night in Las Vegas moderator Chris Wallace quickly started off the debate by asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about the Second Amendment. Hillary was asked about her claim: "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.” The 2008 Heller decision struck down Washington, D.C.’s complete ban on handguns. Before the decision, people in the District could own a rifle or a shotgun, it...
  • Review: The War on Guns by John Lott

    10/12/2016 5:46:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 5 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    John Lott is the most admired and the most vilified of researchers on the effects of laws that restrict gun ownership and being armed in public, and the effects of the reform of laws that restrict gun ownership and bearing arms in public.His research is well accepted among his peers, and vilified by those who disagree with his results. John had to learn the hard way that honest science about guns and gun laws is not welcome in most of academia.Unfortunately, academia has, in large part, been taken over by people who are ignorant of guns and gun legislation,...
  • Guns, the Second Amendment and what you should hear from Clinton and Trump

    10/09/2016 6:19:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    At this Sunday’s town-hall style presidential debate the public is able to vote for their favorite questions. The ABC News and CNN moderators plan on using the 30 questions that receive the most votes. Largely because of efforts by gun control organizations, the current top two questions are both on gun control. The first is, “Would you support requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales?” and the second is, "How will you ensure the 2nd amendment is protected?” By Sunday morning at this writing, those questions had received 73,844 and 64,041 votes, respectively, well ahead of the third-place question...
  • Trump law-and-order platform would help blacks

    10/03/2016 9:59:45 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 3, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Is Donald Trump's "law and order" campaign just code for racism? The media and Hillary Clinton sure believe so. After Trump's recent talk in Chester, the front page of the New York Times criticized him for supporting the deportation of people who have been charged with crimes and the aggressive profiling of terrorism suspects as racist and counterproductive. The theme is echoed with Clinton attacks that Donald Trump appeals to "xenophobic, racist, misogynistic" people. But who actually cares more about African Americans, in particular poor blacks, who are the most likely victims of violent crime? High crime rates in urban...
  • A real difference in how to battle terror

    09/30/2016 4:08:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | September 29, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    St. Cloud is still reeling from the stabbing of nine people on Sept. 17. The terrorist yelled “Allahu akbar!” as he attacked shoppers at the Crossroads Center mall. A bombing in New York City left 29 people wounded. The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash., was next, with five people shot to death. While investigations are still ongoing, all of the attacks are likely to be similarly-motivated and perpetrated by Muslim immigrants. Similar deadly attacks have included the Boston Marathon bombings, the Chattanooga and Little Rock military recruiting office attacks, San Bernardino, and earlier this year the Orlando nightclub shooting. Minnesota’s...
  • Gun ownership is up in America. So why isn't the media telling you about it?

    09/08/2016 11:02:52 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 8, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Two weeks ago, the PEW Research Center released a survey showing that gun ownership by households is up to 44% — a 7-percentage point increase in the past two years. Another 5% of households won’t reveal whether they own a gun. Yet, not a single mainstream American media headline has announced the increase. In fact, the media goes out of its way to find polls claiming that Americans are turning away from guns. In their War on Guns they want to give the impression that gun owners are a small, fringe group. Maybe they are hoping that this will have...
  • How Bloomberg Censored John Lott

    09/05/2016 12:37:13 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    America's First Freedom ^ | September 5, 2016 | Frank Minter
    Shouldn’t journalists who want to tackle the issues related to illegal use of guns in America, and thereby help us find real solutions to violent crime in places like Chicago’s South Side, start by being honest? John Lott thinks so. It is this principled position that caused him to agree, despite his prior experiences, to be interviewed for Katie Couric’s film “Under The Gun.” As an expert on these issues, he hoped to offer some perspective and balance. Although he says he went into the interview like a person readying himself to be grilled by a prosecutor, even he was...
  • Target Practice: A review of John R Lott's "The War on Guns"

    09/02/2016 8:04:25 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | September 12, 2016 | Charles Cooke
    It's a sustained game of whack-a-mole. Up pops the claim, and in comes the hammer. Bang! Bang! Bang! And that's why you're wrong. Believe that most academics are in favor of more gun control? Bang, you're wrong. Convinced that extending background checks is a no-brainer? Bang, you're wrong. Outraged that research into "gun violence" is outlawed in the United States? Bang, bang, bang again. Nothing escapes Lott's gaze: Not the idea that American gun violence is unique among the world's nations; not the claim that Australia's harsh restrictions yielded a worthwhile outcome; not the recent hysteria over the prevalence of...
  • THE WASHINGTON TIMES Review of "The War on Guns:Arming yourself against gun control lies"

    08/30/2016 10:16:44 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | By: Joseph Greenlee
    In his new book, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” John Lott methodically dismantles one popular gun-control myth after another. It has been said that a lie told often enough becomes the truth, and a similar phenomenon is overwhelming the gun debate in America. Oft-repeated untruths have formed common beliefs that often sway the debate about firearms. Gun-control advocates have learned that their exaggerated claims are likely to go unchecked by a largely sympathetic media, allowing them to control the narrative and shape public opinion. What is more, as Mr. Lott explains, billionaire elitists like George...
  • Sorry, Hillary: Trump’s policies are clearly better for blacks

    08/26/2016 2:52:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | John Lott
    Hillary Clinton claims that some of Donald Trump’s appeal is “xenophobic, racist, misogynistic.” On Thursday she asked, “If he doesn’t respect all Americans, how can he serve all Americans?” But who actually cares more about blacks, in particular poor blacks? On everything from education to jobs to crime, Trump’s policies offer a lifeline to people who have been losing ground for decades. Hillary’s policies will just exacerbate them. And no amount of speeches will change that. On education, Trump strongly supports school choice. This would give inner-city blacks a way out of horribly performing public schools. Clinton attacks charters and...
  • John Lott, BJS Surveys and ATF Data Undercut Everytown’s Claims about Expanded Background Checks

    08/24/2016 5:40:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | AUGUST 12, 2016
    It’s a good thing for Hillary Clinton that Michael Bloomberg decided against running for president this year. If America’s self-appointed uber-Nanny had thrown his hat in the ring, he would have made Clinton work overtime to retain her title as the least trusted presidential candidate in American history. As the Washington Post reported on July 25, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “now has a large lead on Clinton when it comes to honesty and trustworthiness.” Bloomberg would also trail Trump in terms of honestly presenting the facts if he were judged on the basis of the claims that his anti-gun...
  • Book review: The War on Guns, by John Lott

    08/15/2016 1:56:45 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 15, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    ’ve just finished reading one of the best books on gun control to come out in some time and wanted to share some of the experience with you. The timely and superbly written tome by John R. Lott Jr. is titled, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.” You may remember John Lott from our previous coverage here of both gun control and crime in the United States. Some of his previous work included an analysis of the different ways that economists and criminologists view gun ownership, which he revisits in this book. Long before that, John...
  • The War on Guns, John Lott’s Important New Book

    08/12/2016 8:59:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Ricochet ^ | August 12, 2016 | Tim Groseclose
    John Lott, Jr., a PhD economist who has published scores of peer-reviewed articles in top journals, has written an outstanding and important new book, The War on Guns. It is, I believe, the most important document ever written about guns. The book has many outstanding aspects. One is Lott’s careful review of many studies that the media often cite in order to bolster arguments in favor of additional restrictions on guns. Often, Lott uses his exceptional training in statistics to expose major flaws in these studies. A second outstanding aspect of the book is Lott’s documentation of several cases where...
  • Trump wasn't calling for Clinton's assassination

    08/10/2016 4:25:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 53 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 10, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know." Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group. Would there be any claims that Trump was threatening assassinations? In a Newsweek interview on Monday, Hillary Clinton excoriated...
  • Coast to Coast AM: "Gun Rights" with John R Lott (More Guns, Less Crime)

    08/09/2016 8:14:47 PM PDT · by Ken H · 7 replies
    Coast to Coast AM ^ | Aug 09, 2016 | n/a
    Economist and gun rights advocate John Lott believes that Americans have been bombarded by well-funded anti-gun studies and stories that perpetuate false statistics to frighten Americans into giving up their guns. He claims that when it comes to the gun control debate, there are two kinds of data: data that's accurate, and data that billionaires, politicians, and media want you to believe is accurate. He'll argue that gun licenses and background checks don’t stop crime and "gun-free" zones actually attract mass shooters. Books: The War on Guns The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control Is...
  • Why is Apple so afraid of a little picture of a gun?

    08/05/2016 1:56:14 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Apple’s next iPhone and iPad operating system will no longer feature an emoji picture of a handgun. In its place will be an emoji of a green, plastic squirt gun. There is nothing particularly threatening about the current handgun picture. You only see the side of the gun; it isn’t pointed at the reader or anyone else. No bullets are even being fired. The whole idea to drop the handgun emoji came about through a lobbying effort started by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The bomb, sword, knife, and axe emojis will stay. Apparently, a bomb with a lit fuse...
  • Do Democrats want to disarm minorities?

    07/28/2016 8:51:56 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    On Tuesday night, the mother of Trayvon Martin praised Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for having “the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation.” Numerous other speakers also raised the gun control issue at the DNC, too. But Wednesday night was clearly “gun night.” From Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to former Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly to others, a string of speakers pushed for more gun control. When President Obama addressed the crowd he also pushed the notion of changing background checks...
  • Hillary’s Single Legislative Success: Renaming a Building in NYC

    07/28/2016 4:27:49 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nicole Goeser and John Lott
    Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” We heard speech after speech about how Hillary cares about the children, about her innovative ability to solve problems. But there is a reason the speeches lack specific examples. Hillary wasn’t much of a change-maker in the U.S. Senate. Sure, being president is different from being a senator, but both jobs require making deals. Both...
  • The'FBI primary' is over:Hillary dodged criminal charged for one simple reason

    07/06/2016 8:29:22 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2016 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    Hillary Clinton likely dodged criminal charges Tuesday for a simple reason: the bar for bringing criminal charges against a politician, particularly a high public official, is so much higher than they are for anyone else. Prosecutions against such high public officials only go forward when there is “definitive” evidence. Evidence that prosecutors know will lead to a certain conviction. Why do I say that? Because earlier in my career I was chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. I worked frequently with prosecutors. The reputational loss public officials face from criminal charges can be so great that prosecutors feel...
  • The dirty secret about the four Senate gun control bills

    06/20/2016 10:03:14 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    In Orlando on Thursday, President Obama again called on Congress to do something about these mass public shootings. But the dirty secret about the four different bills that the Senate will vote on Monday is that everyone knows that none of them would have stopped the Orlando massacre. Indeed, none of the bills would have stopped any of the mass public shootings since at least 2000. Everyone wants to do something to stop these attacks, but the one thing that we know does matter -- ending gun-free zones – are being completely ignored in the legislation. Since at least as...
  • D.C. must let ex prison guards pack heat, federal court rules

    06/09/2016 8:57:07 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 8 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 3, 2016 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    CPRC in Fox News:D.C. must let ex prison guards pack heat, federal court rules Dr. John Lott was quoted by Fox News about the new DC Circuit Court Decision on whether DC has to follow the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act that allows retired Law Enforcement with at least 10 years experience to carry concealed. Four former prison guards who were barred from carrying concealed guns despite a 2004 federal law that gave off-duty and retired law enforcement officers the right to pack heat won a landmark court victory on Thursday. . . . Smith, who retired as a Corrections...
  • John Lott on The Blaze's Dana Show: Expanded Background Checks & Katie Couric's gun control movie

    06/09/2016 6:43:44 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 9 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 3, 2016 | D. John R. Lott Jr.
    Dr. John Lott on The Blaze's Dana Show: Expanded Background Checks & Katie Couric's gun control movie Dr. John Lott talked to Dana Loesch about claims made in the Katie Couric movie on background checks and the EPIX channel’s announcement on Tuesday that they are no longer going to be showing her movie. See interview at this link http://crimeresearch.org/2016/06/cprc-on-the-blazes-dana-show-discussing-expanded-background-check-claims-and-katie-courics-gun-control-movie/
  • In the Bataclan Theatre Massacre, there were 8 off duty police, but none of them had their guns.

    06/09/2016 6:43:44 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 20 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | 6/2/2016 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    In the Bataclan Theatre Massacre, there were 8 off duty police, but none of them had their guns. Interview with Eagles of Death Metal vocalist Jesse Hughes, who discussed the Bataclan attack in Paris that killed 89 of his fans. We had eight police officers in our audience that night. They all had the same conversation with their wives, which was “Should I bring my gun or not?” All of them said no. When we went back and played Paris again they stood in the same places they stood at the original show and they opened their jackets and showed...
  • Katie Couric Gun Control Film Leaves Four-Hour John Lott Interview on Cutting Room Floor

    05/17/2016 8:35:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/16/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Katie Couric’s gun control documentary “Under the Gun” was released May 15 without any portion of a four-hour interview conducted with John Lott, Jr. Lott is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a known gun scholar whose seminal work is More Guns, Less Crime. On May 6, Lott tweeted that he had been “interviewed for 4 hours” for Couric’s film and he “bet” that four hours would be reduced to a “select few minutes” of actual screen time. The reduction happened alright. But instead of using those select few minutes, Couric and director Stephanie Soechtig cut Lott’s interview...
  • Concealed carry permits help police officers, civilians stay in the fight

    02/15/2016 3:13:57 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 4 replies
    FOX NEWS OPINION ^ | February 15, 2016 | Dr. John R. Lott Jr.
    Concealed carry permits help police officers, civilians stay in the fight In the past month, criminals have murdered six police officers in the line of duty. The number might have been eight if not for the actions of two concealed handgun permit holders. At this rate, police deaths could be way up this year compared to previous years. By this time last year, only one officer had been murdered. While Republican presidential candidates such as Cruz, Rubio and Trump have spoken out forcefully about police shootings, Democrats have been silent. You've probably heard on the news when at least one...
  • Guess Who is Pro-Gun? Survey of College Professors Shows Surprising Views on Gun Ownership

    02/12/2016 7:42:01 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 02/12/2016 | Fred Lucas
    Guess Who is Pro-Gun? Survey of College Professors Shows Surprising Views on Gun Ownership Academia is generally viewed as a liberal bastion, but one survey finds that despite their broad political leanings, college professors who have studied the impact of guns on society believe ownership of firearms makes the country safer. The academic survey by Gary A. Mauser, a professor at Canada's Simon Fraser University Beedle School of Business, and U.S. economist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, finds that the attitude of academics actually corresponds with that of the general public. Prior to the 1990s, the...
  • Report: Criminologists, Economists Find Benefits to Gun Ownership

    02/12/2016 7:41:52 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/10/2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    Report: Criminologists, Economists Find Benefits to Gun Ownership This past December marked three years since the massacre at Sandy Hook. Commemorating the anniversary, President Obama took to Facebook to pen a post that wondered how we as a nation explain congressional inaction on gun control to the victims' families. This type of rhetoric has been a common refrain from the president in the wake of other mass shootings since Newtown and the near-daily shootings in cities like Chicago. But despite attempts by President Obama, congressional Democrats, and the gun control lobby to push for stricter gun laws as the answer...
  • Economists' and Criminologists' Views on Guns: Crime, Suicides & Right-to-Carry Handgun Laws

    02/11/2016 6:26:30 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 3 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | 02/06/2016 | Dr. John Lott & Gary Mauser
    Economists' and Criminologists' Views on Guns: Crime, Suicides & Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws Abstract: Economists and Criminologists have very different models of human behavior. A total of 74 out of 130 academics who published peer-reviewed empirical research on gun issues in criminology and economics journals responded to our survey. That was a 57% response rate. Looking at their views on gun control, our survey finds that these two groups have very different views on gun control that vary in systematic ways that we expected. While economists tend to view guns as making people safer, criminologists hold this position less strongly....
  • REVEALED: Obama Was Not Constitutional Scholar… Here’s What He REALLY Did At Univ. Of Chicago

    01/16/2016 6:59:37 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    Tea Party ^ | Sllen West
    I had to cringe during a particularly elitist remark that left Obama's mouth during his rteary town-hall on gun control; "I believe in the Second Amendment. It is there, written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms. No matter how many times people try to twist my words around -- I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this -- I get it." Well, a colleague of Obama's at the University of Chicago, economist John Lott quoted Obama as having told him that he doesn't believe that people should be able to own guns when...
  • Open carry comes to Texas: Why the Lone Star state will be safer in 2016

    12/31/2015 3:48:01 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 38 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/30/2015 | John R. Lott
    With about 900,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a Lone Star State grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun. Starting Friday, Texas will join 44 other states that already allow people to openly carry handguns throughout the state.
  • The facts shoot holes in Obama's claim that US is only host to mass killings

    12/03/2015 4:59:06 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | December 3, 2015 | John R. Lott
    On Tuesday, President Obama stunned Americans and French alike with his false claims about gun violence in America. "I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings. This just doesn't happen in other countries," claimed Obama. It is a claim that he has continually repeated over the years. Talk about being self-absorbed. The French have witnessed three mass public shootings this year. January saw two attacks, one on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and another on a Paris supermarket. In the November attacks, 129 people were killed and 352 were injured. In just 2015, France suffered more casualties...
  • The Smear

    12/02/2015 8:38:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | John Stossel
    This week my TV show is on gun control. I interviewed activist Leah Barrett, who wants stricter gun laws. I pointed out that after most states loosened gun laws to let people carry guns, 29 peer-reviewed studies examined the effect. Eighteen found less crime, 10 found no difference and only one found an increase. "Which studies?" Barrett snapped. "John Lott's? His research has been totally discredited." "Discredited" is a word the anti-gun activists use a lot. It's as if they speak from the same playbook. "Lott is a widely discredited ideologue," said a spokeswoman for Everytown -- a Bloomberg-funded gun...
  • As Paris Attacks Show, Europe In Denial About Gun Rights

    11/19/2015 4:03:27 PM PST · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 19, 2015 | John R Lott Jr and Julie Gavran
    French citizens were sitting ducks last Friday. For at least 10 uninterrupted minutes, terrorists mowed down attendants at Paris' Bataclan Concert Hall. In five other coordinated attacks, terrorists were given far too much time to go about their business. But European politicians are in denial. French President Francois Hollande immediately ordered 1,500 additional soldiers to protect the streets of Paris. After January's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country. These troops gave only the illusion of protection. Israel learned this lesson the hard way. In its first decades of...
  • JOHN LOTT DISCUSSES GARY KLECK’S CRITICISMS OF THE EVIDENCE REGARDING “MORE GUNS, LESS CRIME”

    11/18/2015 10:47:00 PM PST · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | November 18, 2015 | Ari Armstrong
    In August, Kleck told Mother Jones that he doesn’t know of any “credible criminologist” who believes that “with more guns there are less crimes.” More recently Kleck was interviewed by Ari Armstrong about these points and Kleck’s claims that there hasn’t been any increase in the rate that people are carrying permitted concealed handguns and that neither more guns nor more concealed handguns reduce homicides or any other type of violent crime. Here is the beginning of Ari’s interview with Lott: Recently I interviewed criminologist Gary Kleck about gun ownership and crime. In the course of that interview, Kleck expressed...
  • Americans are learning that more guns mean less crime

    09/07/2015 9:20:32 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 6, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and ABC News and the Washington Post show similar results. But it isn’t just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits...
  • Obama's next backdoor assault on 2nd Amendment (just to try to reduce legitimate gun ownership')

    08/27/2015 11:59:10 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | August 27, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Secretary of State John Kerry Secretary of State John Kerry once again signed the United Nations Arms Treaty on Wednesday, a move that supporters say will help stop weapons from getting into the hands of criminals and terrorists worldwide but critics contend is is a backdoor assault on law-abiding gun owners. The treaty would require nations to conduct a detailed registration of all guns. The issue is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, but one of the leading experts on guns says even if the agreement is only ratified in other countries, it can still work to erode...
  • John Lott study, Useful Information Available

    08/12/2015 4:15:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    From the CRPC John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) have produced another paper on what is happening with concealed carry permit numbers and the various states.  There is considerable good information contained in the report, which shows a correlation between the number of permits and a decreasing crime rate. Professor Lott notes that more study is needed when the detailed county numbers come out, but the intial results support his research that more guns equal lower crime rates.  From John Lott's blog: I hope that people will consider downloading a copy of our new study on...
  • When the Gun Lobby Tries to Justify Firearms Everywhere, It Turns to This Guy

    07/30/2015 10:08:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    motherjones.com ^ | 7/28/2015 | Julia Lurie
    When you watch the news after the latest big shooting, there's a good chance you'll come across John Lott. The 57-year-old economist has made more than 100 media appearances over the past two years, from friendly conversations on Fox News to heated debates on MSNBC and CNN. After nine churchgoers were gunned down in Charleston, South Carolina, he went on Sean Hannity's show and criticized President Obama for spreading "clearly false" information about gun violence. Following the recent mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his op-ed asking "Why should we make it easy for killers to attack our military?" was among...
  • Older people need guns, too

    07/22/2015 4:01:23 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 21, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Have you ever thought of letting someone else manage your finances? If President Obama has his way, Social Security recipients who have trouble managing their finances will be banned from buying a gun. If Social Security were to start classifying these people as “mentally defective,” some 4.2 million Social Security recipients could be affected – about 10 percent of all people 65 and older. But it is a real reach to say those who can’t manage their finances are a physical danger to themselves or others. What is next? Saying that people who can’t drive well or fail a math...
  • Myths of American gun violence

    06/27/2015 1:06:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | John Lott
    How difficult is it to keep weapons out of the hands of would-be attackers? The terrorists who attacked in France this January were armed with handguns, Kalashnikov rifles, an M42 rocket launcher, 10 Molotov cocktails, 10 smoke grenades, a hand grenade and 15 sticks of dynamite. So much for the laws prohibiting all of these items.
  • The myth of American gun violence

    06/24/2015 3:55:34 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 24, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    In the wake of the murders in Charleston, President Obama has made more exaggerations and false claims about gun violence in America. He made two public addresses this past week — one to the nation on Thursday and one to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. On both occasions, he gave distorted impressions of how rates of violence in America compare with those in the rest of the world. In his address to the nation, Obama claimed that, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in...