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  • Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule

    03/04/2017 6:08:16 PM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | March 4, 2017 | Paul Orgel & John R Lott Jr
    Changes to Social Security Gun Background Check Rule John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases. Video https://www.c-span.org/video/?424766-4/washington-journal-john-lott-discusses-background-checks-gun-purchases
  • John Lott: Gun-free zones easy targets for would-be killers

    02/09/2017 8:51:41 AM PST · by deoetdoctrinae · 13 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | John R. Lott
    Would you post a sign in front of your home announcing that you live in a gun-free zone? Would this make you feel safer? To criminals, gun-free zones just look like easy targets. But in a recent column for the News Sentinel, Mark Harmon argues that killers pay no attention to gun-free zones. He incorrectly claims that this is the “consensus view” of academic research.
  • Ending Obama's Ban On Some Retirees From Owning Guns

    02/06/2017 1:36:31 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 6, 2017 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama finalized new rules banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 235-180 to overturn that rule, with just two Democrats voting with the majority. This week, members of the Senate will face the same vote. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has 60 days to pass a resolution overruling the regulation. About 10% of all people 65 and older risk being classified as "financially incompetent" — about 4.2...
  • Brussels Is Wrong On Guns

    02/06/2017 1:27:02 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 11 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 27, 2017 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Strict new European gun-control regulations will take another step on Thursday when a committee of the European Parliament votes on a set of measures. The Parliament and the European Commission already have agreed to the proposal in principle. Prompted by terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, these regulations would prohibit the civilian use of most semiautomatic firearms. As is typical of such laws, however, they will do nothing to prevent the kind of attacks being used to justify them. The proposed Firearms...
  • Here is a simple rule of thumb for understanding Democrats opposition to Supreme Court Nominee

    01/31/2017 2:24:10 PM PST · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Here is a simple rule of thumb: you can judge the caliber of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by how angry the Democrats get. The smarter and more influential the nominee, in an important sense the more qualified they are, the angrier Democrats will get. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has said that he will fight “tooth and nail” against any nominee who isn't "mainstream." But Trump gave voters his list of potential nominees and election exit polls show that 21 percent of voters considered U.S. Supreme Court appointments to be the most important factor in casting their votes. Tracking federal...
  • Brussels Is Wrong on Guns:Instead of passing bans terrorists will ignore,arm off-duty police

    01/31/2017 2:20:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 27, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Strict new European gun-control regulations will take another step on Thursday when a committee of the European Parliament votes on a set of measures. The Parliament and the European Commission already have agreed to the proposal in principle. Prompted by terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen, these regulations would prohibit the civilian use of most semiautomatic firearms. As is typical of such laws, however, they will do nothing to prevent the kind of attacks being used to justify them. The proposed Firearms Directive would, among other things, ban various semiautomatic guns and magazines greater than 10 or 20 rounds, depending...
  • BuzzFeed’s Founder Spreads False Information. I Was One Of His Victims

    01/23/2017 10:00:57 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 23, 2017 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    At the moment, media outlets want nothing to do with BuzzFeed, the “news” website that published unverified, “fake” allegations against Donald Trump. The allegations are so flimsy that even Trump’s political opponents never used them. What few know is that BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti has a history of knowingly spreading false information. He has used fraudulent websites and email accounts to pretend to be people he wished to defame. I was one of his victims.
  • Psychiatrists Can’t Predict Mass Shootings — Meanwhile, Let the Public Defend Itself

    01/11/2017 9:56:34 AM PST · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | January 11, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Pouring money into mental-health care won’t stop mass public shootings. Unfortunately, psychiatry is far from a perfect science. There has already been a lot of second-guessing about Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, who killed five people and wounded eight at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport on Friday. Despite extensive psychological evaluations, many psychiatrists had failed to identify Santiago as a danger to others. One of Santiago’s brothers blames the government. In November 2016, local police escorted Santiago to a psychiatric hospital. Relatives say that after being released, he received further psychological treatment at his home in Alaska. Shouldn’t the experts have picked up...
  • Chicago's Bloody Mess

    01/08/2017 10:14:51 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | January 07, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    Chicago is a bloody mess. Last year, Chicago had 762 homicides — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. This represents an astounding 57 percent increase from the 2015 murder rate. On Sunday night, CBS’s 60 Minutes rightfully expressed concern about the fall in stops and arrests by police over the last year. Criminals have seemingly become emboldened as a result of the decrease in arrests. The 60 Minutes piece quotes Garry McCarthy — Chicago’s Police Superintendent up until a year ago — as saying that “officers are under attack, that is how they feel.” This isn’t a new...
  • Gun Control Advocates Really Just Want To Ban Guns

    01/06/2017 3:00:13 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 6, 2017 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Gun control advocates keep claiming that they don't want to ban guns — they only want reasonable regulations. But their actions keep saying otherwise. Gun control advocates expressed "concern" after Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz bought each of his offensive linemen a very expensive personalized Beretta shotgun for Christmas this year. If they believe in gun ownership, why should it bother them that law-abiding adults have shotguns? Right before Christmas, President Obama finalized new rules requiring 4.2 million Social Security recipients who have trouble managing their finances to undergo background checks before buying guns. But just because someone can't...
  • Another Gun-Free Zone, Another Mass Shooting

    01/06/2017 2:05:54 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 6, 2017 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Yet another shooting at yet another gun-free zone occurred today. At this moment 5 people were murdered and another 8 injured. The tragedy today at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is all the more disappointing because just this last year legislators tried to change Florida’s ban on concealed carry at airports to avoid today’s type of event. Florida Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby warned last year the legislation was needed because airport terminals “could become more of a target” for terrorists and criminals. Florida is one of on six states that ban people being able to carry guns at airports. While...
  • Hollywood’s Gun-Control Dud

    12/23/2016 6:11:25 AM PST · by richardb72 · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Miss Sloane, a highly anticipated movie demonizing the NRA and calling for gun control, has bombed. The movie succeeded only in emphasizing the top-down nature of the gun-control campaign and how little intensity there is for more regulations. The movie seemed to have everything going for it. Liberal movie critics loved it, and it was backed by a hefty ad budget along with heaps of favorable news coverage. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has already nominated the movie’s star, Jessica Chastain, for a prestigious Golden Globe, considered a strong predictor of the Oscars. But two weeks after its national release,...
  • The real truth about Facebook's 'fake news' filters

    12/16/2016 9:17:08 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 19 replies
    Fox News Opinion ^ | 12/16/2016 | Dr. John Lott
    To protect Americans against “fake” news, Facebook will now use filters so that only “reputable” articles can appear at the top of users’ trending news stories. And Facebook is going to media fact checkers for help (initially ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Politifact and Snopes). But guess what? These fact checkers have their own biases — usually the same liberal biases that we see in the rest of the mainstream media. Before the 1990s, the mainstream media had a monopoly on the news. Then came the rise of talk radio, Fox News, and the internet. This was a wonderful...
  • Book Review—The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies

    12/13/2016 3:19:33 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 12 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | December 13, 2016 | R.H. Varchetto
    While attacks on the Second Amendment are all-too common in today’s politically charged climate, advocates fighting for our right to self-defense and the right to bear arms now have a powerful new tool in The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, the latest book by John R. Lott Jr. Lott, who holds a doctoral degree in economics and has established himself as a peerless investigator on the topics of gun use and gun rights, once again provides decisive analysis and careful research of current studies and government data to prove there really is an effort to limit,...
  • Bloomberg has little to show for millions spent on gun control

    12/02/2016 3:11:48 AM PST · by richardb72 · 29 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...