Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox New on the Democratic National Convention:
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.
Newsweek, July 13, 2016
Obama has rightly been criticized on this front by the ever-alert John Lott for ignoring the underlying rate of violations, especially in connection with arrest rates for homicide, which are twice as high for blacks even though they are six times as likely than whites to commit homicide.
From Fox News 32 in Chicago, July 25, 2016:
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A man was shot by a civilian employee of the Chicago Police Department during an attempted robbery Monday morning in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
Shortly before 6 a.m., the 57-year-old man was getting on his motorcycle in the 1300 block of South Sawyer when he was approached by a man and a teenager who announced a robbery, according to Chicago Police.
The Washington Times article started this way:
Nearly 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.
More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S.
The CPRC has new issue of our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US. A copy of the report is available here. Past reports can be viewed here. Part of the executive summary is shown here:
During President Obama’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase since 2007.
Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at National Review starts this way:
Democrats keep using shootings of police officers to push for more gun control. Having just arrived in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, the Reverend Jesse Jackson complained on Sunday that police are more likely to be killed in states that have open-carry laws.
Dr. John Lott talked to host Don Dubuc about a recent poll by the National Association of Chiefs of Police and another 2013 survey by PoliceOne show strong support for gun ownership (Friday, July 22, 2016 from 12:10 to 12:30 PM).
When the subject is guns, politics trumps history.
AUG 01, 2016 | By JOHN R. LOTT JR.
Pamela Haag calls gun makers “merchants of death.” And America’s love affair with guns, she says, didn’t really start until the late 1800s, when the “merchants of death” convinced Americans that they wanted guns.
86.4% of the US’s Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs “support nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapon permits.”
76% of those same heads of departments believe that “qualified, law-abiding armed citizens help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity.”
The entire survey is available here: NACOP survey results 2016. A 2013 Survey of Police by PoliceOne found similar results (available here).…
Augusta, Maine, June 26, 2016 (WCSH, NBC Channel 6 in Portland)
Augusta Police say two bystanders legally armed with handguns stepped in during a shooting incident at a Walmart in Augusta.
Police say four suspects were taken into custody by police Sunday after allegedly firing gunshots in the parking lot of a Walmart.