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  • 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 isnt 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 cant manage their finances are a physical danger to themselves or others. What is next? Saying that people who cant 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...
  • Gun-free zones an easy target for killers

    06/19/2015 7:13:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    John Lott ^ | 16 June, 2015 | John Lott
    The horrible tragedy last night that left nine people dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., probably could have been avoided. Like so many other attacks, the massacre took place in a gun-free zone, a place where the general public was banned from having guns. The gun-free zone obviously didnt stop the killer from bringing a gun into the church. Indeed, the circumstantial evidence is strong that these killers dont attack randomly; they keep picking the few gun-free zones to do virtually all their attacks.
  • Connecticut's strict gun licensing law linked to steep drop in homicides? Not really

    06/16/2015 1:33:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    A new study in the American Journal of Public Health claims that the state of Connecticuts 1995 gun licensing law has reduced firearm homicide rates by 40 percent. But this just released study gives academics a bad name. Not surprisingly, anti-gun activist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the left-wing Joyce Foundation funded the research. The study cherry picks which states with gun licensing laws are examined, which years are looked at, and the type of crime to study. Any normal researcher would look at all the states in the country that have passed a similar law...
  • Bloombergs Sch of Public Health Cherry false gun homicides in CT fell 40% because of gun licensing

    06/13/2015 12:53:55 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 11, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University put out this press release on a paper by Rudolph, Stuart, Vernick, and Webster: "A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license contingent on passing a background check in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the states firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests. "Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, compared Connecticuts homicide rates during the 10 years following the laws implementation to the rates that...
  • Obamas Gun-Control Misfire

    06/10/2015 9:05:17 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 9, 2015 | JASON L. RILEY
    Last September the Obama administration produced an FBI report that said mass shooting attacks and deaths were up sharplyby an average annual rate of about 16% between 2000 and 2013. Moreover, the problem was worsening. The findings establish an increasing frequency of incidents, said the authors. During the first 7 years included in the study, an average of 6.4 incidents occurred annually. In the last 7 years of the study, that average increased to 16.4 incidents annually. The White House could not possibly have been more pleased with the media reaction to these findings, which were prominently featured by the...
  • There is no nationwide crime wave (and police killings are not up)

    06/09/2015 8:40:15 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 9, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Since 1991, murder and violent crime have plummeted in the U. S. But in a widely discussed op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled "The New Nationwide Crime Wave, Heather Mac Donald recently made a startling claim: Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. She demonstrated this by citing murder rate increases in six cities. Murders of police were also surging out of control, she said; they had jumped 89% in 2014." Last week, Mac Donald, the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at New Yorks Manhattan Institute appeared on numerous TV channels, including Fox News and CNN....
  • Permit holder protects woman that he was with from being shot by robbers

    06/06/2015 6:10:34 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 6, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    The robbery and shooting took place at 10:30 PM on Friday night just as the couple was leaving the Shell's restaurant at 2101 East Fowler Avenue. From Tampa Bay, Florida (CBS-TV Channel 10 News): ". . . According to Tampa Police Department, the two suspects approached the victims with a gun drawn while the victims were leaving the Shells restaurant. The suspects then robbed the man and woman. As the woman turned to run, the suspect aimed his gun in her direction. "The other victim, who had a Concealed Carry permit, drew his weapon and shot the suspect in the...
  • 'Covering Guns': Columbia University's 'workshop' for journalists far from objective

    05/29/2015 8:08:46 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Columbia University would never sponsor an event funded by the National Rifle Association. Whats more, the idea would seem especially outlandish if most of the speakers at the event were NRA supporters. Yet, gun control advocate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his gun control group Everytown are now funding a two-day workshop in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday sponsored by Columbia Universitys Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The event will bring together journalists from around the country to learn about covering guns and gun violence. Bruce Shapiro, executive director of the Dart Center, claims that...
  • Hillary Clinton's dishonest crime dodge

    05/07/2015 3:05:35 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 7, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    It is easy to forget that, in 1991, the U.S. murder rate was well over twice what it is today. In a speech last week at Columbia University, Hillary Clinton demonstrated she doesnt understand that ending what she called the era of Mass Incarceration will endanger lives. These days, its popular to sympathize with criminals. We saw this when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave those who wished to destroy space to do that and ordered police to stand down. We saw it again when she failed to return the governors calls, as he repeatedly tried to get her permission to...
  • 'Assault weapons' debate: The folly of Rep. Rosa DeLauro's buyback bill

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

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

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

    04/27/2015 7:07:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    gunalizer.com ^ | 4/27/2015 | RRangel
    Heres an article, in where Dr. John R. Lott Jr., eviscerates Harvard Professor David Hemenways survey of cherry picked authors. That of course lead to the conclusion that guns are bad. Its what these people do. No matter real credible research, and the longstanding Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which is an obvious social utility of the people. I wonder why gun prohibitionists think the Second Amendment was created to begin with. Its in the Bill of Rights. Even still, they love to refer to guns as if being deprived of arms, is some sort of benefit.
  • C-SPAN on our changing views on guns, Bloomberg's group explains why they wont debate

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

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

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

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

    03/09/2015 6:31:08 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2015 | john R. Lott Jr.
    Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be no longer endemic, as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Departments report on Ferguson shows that the nations racial history still casts its long shadow upon us. Sorry: The Justice report doesnt prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination. In fact, it looks more like something ginned up to distract from the embarrassing fact that Justice (in another report released the same day) wound up fully validating the findings of the Ferguson grand jury. Racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be...
  • Video: John Lott and John Stossel - Debunking Bloomberg 6 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

    02/12/2015 7:41:43 AM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    With well over 700,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun. But some are only satisfied if others actually know that they are carrying. They think that by openly carrying guns they can make others comfortable with guns. They want to make a statement. Texas lawmakers are now wrestling with the questions of campus carry and open carry. They couldnt face a clearer choice between enhancing safety or making political statements. Open carry advocates carry rifles because they cant legally openly...
  • MACHETE VS. FIREARM: Defensive gun use in Canada

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

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

    12/09/2014 7:24:36 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 9, 2014 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years. Media Matters purports to correct misinformation that the conservative media puts out, but, ironically, they have systematically hidden comments critical of their work from their readers. They have a blog where it appears that conservatives and others can respond, but they dont tell their readers that they have regularly removed...
  • Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott

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

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

    12/02/2014 2:05:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Exaggerations have poisoned discussions about relations between blacks and the police. Black men between the ages of 15 and 19 are 21 times as likely as whites to be killed by a police officer, said Chuck Todd on Sundays Meet the Press. Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree echoed Todd. The data is clear, that black boys are being killed by white police officers around the country. The claim was repeated frequently on other shows. But those numbers arent entirely accurate, and they are far from the whole truth. . . . Todd and Ogletree relied on an analysis of FBI...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the governments power to control peoples lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MITs Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters arent the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesnt understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those stupid...
  • Hidden consequences of Washington State's gun background check Initiative 594

    11/01/2014 12:20:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 01, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Lets say a stalker is threatening a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun? If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison. Suppose you are a Boy Scout leader. Once a year, the scouts take a trip to a local farm where the boys earn their firearm merit badges. If you continue to stick with this annual ritual you may soon find yourself in prison....
  • Lone Wolf terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense

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

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