24 Jul , 2013

C-SPAN Washington Journal: Stand Your Ground Laws

John Lott and Jon Lowy discussed “stand your ground” laws in states throughout the nation, the Castle Doctrine, and what the impact of such laws has been. They also reacted to a video clip of President Obama’s statement the previous day about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

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24 Jul , 2013

NewsMax Piece: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Help Blacks, Women, Elderly

An interview with John Lott at NewsMax notes:

African Americans, women, and the elderly are more likely to benefit from the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law than other groups, according to John Lott Jr., President of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

“Blacks are more likely to be successful in making claims using ‘Stand Your Ground’ than any other racial group.

19 Jul , 2013

“Armed Good Samaritan Praised for Saving Cop’s Life”

From Police Magazine (the case occurred in January 2013):

A Good Samaritan with a good aim is credited with saving the life of a small-town cop who was under fire.

Vic Stacy, 66, was inside his trailer at the Peach House RV Park in Early, Texas, roughly two hours southeast of Abilene, when he heard gunfire.

19 Jul , 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer Piece: Focus is on the wrong law

John Lott’s newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

On Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg knew what was responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death: Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Or, as Bloomberg calls it: a “shoot-first” law.

According to Bloomberg: “‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Why gun control just got even more difficult

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Gun control, an already difficult task, just got even more difficult.

The 3D printing revolution is well under way. This wonderful new technology will allow small companies and even individuals to manufacture a wide range of items, such as medical devices that fit each individual’s unique size and shape.

19 Jul , 2013

National Review Piece: Children and Guns – The Fear and the Reality

John Lott’s newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:

Should you ask your neighbors if they own a gun before your child plays at their house? And what do you do if they say yes?

After the tragic accidental death this month of a two-year-old Kentucky girl who had been shot by her five-year-old brother, the answer may seem obvious: Do not let your child play at a gun owner’s home, at least if you are not sure he is locking up his guns.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Who is really lying in the gun debate?

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

After failing to get his gun control bill passed by the Senate Wednesday, President Obama lashed out at his usual favorite targets, “the gun lobby” and Republicans.

He claimed “the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.” He scolded “senators [who] could not offer any good reason” to oppose the legislation.

19 Jul , 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer Piece: The problems of gun checks

John Lott’s newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns. However, expanded background checks are not the simple answer that Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) think they are.

Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: “It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don’t want having guns.”

Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Fact vs. fiction on background checks and the gun control debate

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Will Senate Democrats be able to end debate on their new gun control bill Tuesday night? President Obama says that it is “not right” to continue the debate. But he might be more afraid that Senators will point out all of his false claims and reveal the gun control bill’s dangers.