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  • Firearms expert taunts pro-gun control academics with bet on rising crime

    05/23/2023 9:25:36 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 23, 2023 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun ownership increased sixfold under former Brazilian President Bolosonaro, homicides dropped 34% A gun expert is asking academics to put their money where their mouths are and bet $1,000 on Brazil as a case study that stricter gun laws won't mean less crime. No one has taken him up on the bet yet, but some have hit back by calling the challenge a "stunt" and saying they will put cash up if the terms meet their requirements. Brazil took a hard turn away from gun ownership with a new left-wing presidential administration this year, sparking a debate on whether Brazil’s...
  • Despite California’s Mass Shootings, Biden Wants To Emulate Its Gun Laws

    03/15/2023 1:50:15 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 16 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 03/15/2023 | John R. Lott Jr.
    President Biden traveled to Monterey Park, California, the site of a mass public shooting that left 11 dead in January, to announce new executive actions on gun control. He touts the proposals as necessary “to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.” But California already has all the gun control laws that Biden put forward, and yet it has a higher per capita rate of mass public shootings than the rest of the country. Measures already in place include background checks on all transfers of firearms, “red flag” gun confiscation laws, and an assault weapon ban. Even if Biden’s...
  • There Is No Firm, Sustained Support for Gun Control

    03/09/2023 6:30:18 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 03/09/2023 | John Lott & Thomas Massie
    frequent talking point in the gun control debate is that Americans overwhelmingly support "common sense" gun control measures, such as universal background checks and red flag laws. The Biden administration referenced these surveys last month, when it announced that $231 million will go to states that enact "red flag" laws and push gun control policies. These surveys are constantly invoked in legislative hearings and in the media. But surveys often compress complicated bills down to one-sentence summaries, and the results are often unreliable. Gun control advocates claim that over 90% of Americans support universal background checks, which would require checks...
  • If There’s A Theme To Extremism-Related Murders, It’s Environmentalism

    03/03/2023 7:46:04 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 2 replies
    the Federalist ^ | 03/02/23 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Relying on a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), news headlines claim: “All 25 U.S. extremism-related murders last year were linked to right-wing extremists.” The report received wide, uncritical coverage from outlets in the U.S. such as the Associated Press and worldwide in Canada, the United Kingdom, and India. But the ADL’s report is fatally flawed. It assumes that every racist is automatically a “right-winger.” For example, 10 of the 25 extremist murders last year were by Payton Gendron in Buffalo. But he was anything but a “right-winger.” The Buffalo killer was yet another mass murderer motivated by environmentalism.
  • No, Biden's Push For Red-Flag Laws Won't Keep Anyone Safer

    02/22/2023 9:40:44 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/22/23 | Dr. John R. Lott
    If a person is really a danger to himself or others, confiscating guns isn’t much of a solution. There are so many other ways for disturbed people to cause harm. But advocates of “red flag” laws want people to believe that simply taking away someone’s legally-owned guns means the problem is solved. Last week, the Biden administration announced it was using part of the $1.8 trillion massive spending bill passed after last year’s election to give $231 million to states that enact red-flag laws and push other gun-control policies. After last week’s mass public shooting at Michigan State University, gun-control...
  • MSU Shooting: The Blame Game

    02/17/2023 9:24:02 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 27, 2023 | John R Lott Jr
    If you believe tweets from Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace and its employees, I am “one major factor” why the U.S. hasn’t passed stronger gun control laws and thus, they claim, responsible for mass shootings in the United States. These are becoming regular tweets after each mass public shooting. They are upset that I have quoted mass murderers on their decisions to target gun-free zones. Yet, statements such as, “Areas where CCW are outlawed or prohibited may be good areas of attack” are common among mass murderers. That doesn’t make sense to gun control supporters. Immediately after this week’s shooting at...
  • My stalker murdered my husband. Here’s how you can protect yourself

    01/14/2023 6:32:10 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 101 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/14/2023 | Nikki Goeser
    January 2023 marks the nineteenth annual National Stalking Awareness Month. As a victim of a very serious and violent case of stalking, I wanted to share my own experience and bring awareness to what stalking is, how it can lead to extreme violence that can have lifelong devastating effects on victims, and how to protect yourself. With one in three women, and one in six men potentially being stalked in their lifetime, this an important topic to cover. If you ever question whether you are being stalked, ask yourself if what is happening is scary/distressing, not the first incident, and...
  • Stalked and Defenseless, 'Victims tend to come last.'

    12/22/2022 12:17:35 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 9 replies
    From One America News: “Victim rights advocate Nikki Goeser continues to be stalked by her husband’s killer from prison, and is now speaking out saying that the justice system is geared to defend criminals, not their victims.” This interview is related to a piece that Nikki Goeser wrote with Dr. John Lott at Real Clear Politics titled: “When Protecting Criminals’ Rights Come at the Expense of Victims.”
  • The “Crazy, Right-Wing Shooter” Myth

    12/07/2022 7:24:45 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 7 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 11-6-22 | Dr. John R. Lott
    If you only read the New York Times editorials, you’d believe that political violence in America is a “right-wing” problem. The Times has been warning of violence from the right for years, but on Nov. 19 and 26, they wrote two long editorials making these claims. The violence stems from the lies “enthusiastically spread” by Republican politicians. Democrats’ only complicity was their $53 million in spending on “far-right fringe candidates in the primaries.” The fringe candidates, it was hoped, would be easier to beat in the general election. Both editorials mention the mass murderer in Buffalo, New York, as a...
  • Biden Again Wants to Ban Semi-Automatic Guns. When Will Fact-Checkers Apologize?

    11/30/2022 9:02:47 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 26 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/29/2022 | Dr. John R. Lott
    “The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,” President Biden claimed on Thanksgiving Day. “It has no socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.” With mass public shootings in just the last week in Colorado and Virginia, people naturally want to do something to stop these attacks. But semi-automatic guns provide critical self-defense benefits. After each shot, a semi-automatic gun reloads itself. A single-shot gun, by contrast, requires manual reloading. This can prove a liability, especially against multiple attackers.
  • Majority of American Voters Rightly Concerned About Vote Fraud

    11/22/2022 11:46:49 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 4 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 11/22/2022 | Dr. John R. Lott
    Watching the news, you’d be led to believe that vote fraud doesn’t exist in the United States. Since the election on November 8, news article after news article has simply dismissed any claims of vote fraud as “baseless” (New York Times and CNN) and “without evidence” (NPR, New York Times, and Washington Post). Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is lambasted for “stoking fears on mail-in ballots.” And the news coverage was no different after the 2020 election. But American voters aren’t convinced. A Rasmussen Reports survey from late September found that 84% of likely voters were concerned about election integrity...
  • When Protecting Criminals’ Rights Comes at the Expense of Victims

    11/14/2022 1:02:32 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 2 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 11/12/22 | Nikki Goeser and John Lott
    It took four years and nine months before Nicolas Cruz was finally sentenced for the murder of seventeen people in the horrific Parkland massacre. So much of the legal system focuses on fairness to the criminal; but the damage to the victims and their families as they wait for trial is tremendous. Those who have to testify or give victim impact statements must continually think about what they will say at trial. There is also uncertainty about the verdict and whether the murderer will be punished. In the Parkland case, the victims were denied the closure of Cruz receiving the...
  • Since Dobbs Decision Leak, Violence Against Pro-Lifers Was Over 22 Times That Against Pro-Choicers

    11/07/2022 10:24:56 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/07/22 | John R. Lott Jr.
    After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked on May 3rd, news reports blamed abortion-related violence over the summer on pro-life supporters. “[W]e have seen a steady rise in violence and harassment against providers from anti-abortion extremists who continue to be emboldened by the Supreme Court’s decision,” claimed Melissa Fowler, Chief Program Officer of the National Abortion Federation (NAF). "People want me dead’: abortion providers fear violence after Roe overturned,” a headline in The Guardian read. Other news outlets, such as NBC News, also focused on the increased threat of violence against abortion providers. But national news...
  • Media Spin on Gun Control Doesn’t Match Voters’ Opinions

    10/06/2022 1:49:39 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 6 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 10-05-2022 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Red flag laws are the top priority of Democrats and gun control advocates. Polls show that Americans overwhelmingly support these measures – by margins ranging between 2-1 and 3-1. Congress recently passed legislation providing funding for states that adopted these laws. But the polling doesn’t really gauge whether Americans understand how these laws operate. The surveys generally just ask people if they support laws that “allow guns to be temporarily confiscated by a judge from people considered by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others.” Respondents might reasonably assume that a normal legal process is being followed,...
  • FBI undercounts number of times armed citizens have thwarted active shooting incidents

    10/04/2022 10:19:23 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 29 replies
    Fox ^ | 10-04-2022 | Emma Colton
    A new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) argues that the FBI's data contains "massive errors" when tracking active shooting incidents, undercounting how often armed citizens have thwarted active-shooting situations over the last eight years. "Although collecting such data is fraught with challenges, some see a pattern of distortion in the FBI numbers because the errors almost exclusively go one way, minimizing the life-saving actions of armed citizens," the report, which was provided to Fox News Digital this week by Crime Prevention Research Center founder and president John Lott, states.
  • To Restore Americans’ Faith In Elections, Fix Sloppy Record-Keeping

    09/07/2022 12:57:46 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 16 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 9/7/22 | Dr. John R. Lott and Steven M. Smith
    Unfortunately, election officials across the country are not keeping the most basic data to monitor election outcomes. Even when they say they do, the numbers do not come close to matching up. It was a simple goal: match the number of voters with the number of ballots cast. After the last general election there were concerns that ballots were counted multiple times (so that there could be more ballots cast than voters who voted) and that ballots were destroyed (so that there could be more voters who voted than ballots cast). But, through our examination, we learned that it cannot...
  • California Billboards Don’t Tell the Whole Story

    08/30/2022 10:21:47 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 25 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | 8/30/22 | Dr. John R. Lott
    A lot of people are moving out of California. Over the last two years, California has lost about 300,000 people. Major companies, including Telsa, Oracle Corp, and HP have abandoned California for Texas. With high taxes, lots of regulations, high crime, poor schools, mishandling of the pandemic, and “woke” policies, it isn’t surprising that many people have been willing to give up the beautiful state and fantastic weather. Understandably, some are upset with that turn of events, but the billboards put up in Los Angeles and San Francisco are a cheap shot. They warn Californians about mass public shootings in...
  • Data Shows White Supremacists Are Not The Most Likely Mass Murderers

    05/23/2022 6:09:44 PM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/23/2022 | Dr. John R. Lott
    In his Buffalo, New York speech last week following a mass shooting, President Biden showed he still has only two things on his mind regarding crime: guns and white supremacists. No one can defend white supremacists. But with violent crime soaring and this latest attack in Buffalo, people want something done. Yet Biden’s agenda won’t make people safer. “Look, we’ve seen the mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina; El Paso, Texas; in Pittsburgh. Last year in Atlanta. This week in Dallas, Texas, and now in Buffalo. In Buffalo, New York,” Biden said. “White supremacy is a poison. It’s a poison....
  • Legislation Would Ensure Some Criminals Serve 100% Of Their Sentence

    04/13/2022 11:38:59 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 4 replies
    The Tennessee Conservative ^ | 04/12/2022 | Nikki Goeser
    There is legislation that is making its way through the state legislature called the Truth In Sentencing Bill that would expand the list of offenses that would mandate an inmate serve 100% of their sentence. I SUPPORT THIS BILL and let me tell you why. Right now, victims are lied to everyday in criminal courtrooms across Tennessee when they are told their attacker will serve 100% of their prison sentence. How do I know? THIS HAPPENED TO ME. In 2009, my husband Ben was brutally murdered in front of me. Ben was shot seven times inside a busy Nashville restaurant...
  • LA’s Crime Surge Migrates to Wealthy, Whiter Zip Codes of Boldface Names

    04/13/2022 11:33:26 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 24 replies
    RealClear Investigations ^ | 04/13/2022 | James Varney
    On March 22, in the broad daylight of a typically gorgeous day in Beverly Hills, thieves in hoodies and sunglasses took a sledgehammer to the plate glass window of Peter Sedghi’s boutique and furiously rummaged through the shards. In less than 90 seconds, the robbers stole more than $3 million worth of jewels. Two days later, in response to a wave of high-end robberies, the Los Angeles Police Department announced there would be no arrests. Instead, it cautioned Hollywood residents not to wear high quality jewelry in public. “Beverly Hills is one of the most affluent, safest neighborhoods in the...