Washington Times, December 7, 2015
Many blame gun violence and terrorist acts on the availability of guns. It seems logical — no guns, no gun violence. The number of guns in the United States has been growing rapidly. Various estimates put the number of guns to well over 300 million, or more than one gun per person. Yet despite all of the news hype, the number of gun deaths has been falling, not rising. Economist John Lott has done considerable serious work on gun crime and violence, and is the author of “More Guns, Less Crime” and other books and academic articles on crime and guns. Mr. Lott argues that some of the safest places in America are places where legal gun ownership is very high and vice versa. The “science” of the value of gun restriction is certainly not settled. There is also the inconvenient fact that guns can be easily obtained almost anywhere on the planet, despite gun bans — Paris, for instance. Crude guns are easy to make, and now they can even be made on 3D printers. . . .
Yahoo Finance, December 3, 2015
NewsBusters, December 3, 2015
CNN host Carol Costello showed a blatant double standard in her treatment of a pro-gun guest in contrast with a gun control advocate on Thursday’s CNN Newsroom between two segments featuring gun expert John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center — author of More Guns, Less Crime — and Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
At about 9:51 a.m., Costello introduced the segment with Lott by hyping a BBC report characterizing the violence as “just another day” in America. She also cited a misleading claim that there have been 355 mass shootings in America so far this year as she claimed that there is “growing frequency” of such crime . . .
Rest of a very long discussion available here.
The American Spectator, December 3, 2015
Colorado had already expanded background checks two years ago. So had Oregon before the Umpqua Community College shooting in October. France also has a background-check system. So too does California, which experienced yesterday’s attack. Yet, while the existing laws didn’t stop shootings of the very kind Clinton claims that they will stop, she uses these failures to justify imposing similar laws on the rest of the country.
LifeZette, December 7, 2015
“Terrorists can strike anywhere and at any time, giving them a huge strategic advantage,” John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told LifeZette on Sunday. “Unfortunately, too many politicians around the world refuse to admit this.” . . .
“Police and soldiers in uniform have an extremely difficult job, and should be thanked for being willing to risk their own safety and stand out in public in uniform to guard Americans,” Lott said. “But more needs to be done. Over 5 percent of adult Americans have a concealed handgun permit. We can only hope that many more Americans take responsibility for the safety of themselves and their families.”
NewsMax, December 3, 2015
But John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, writes in National Review that comprehensive background checks and banning gun ownership on those on terrorist watch lists aren’t helping either.
“Colorado had already expanded background checks two years ago. So had Oregon before the Umpqua Community College shooting in October. France also has a background-check system. So too does California, which experienced yesterday’s attack,” he writes. “Yet, while the existing laws didn’t stop shootings of the very kind Clinton claims that they will stop, she uses these failures to justify imposing similar laws on the rest of the country.”
He also blasts the notion of banning anyone from gun ownership who winds up on the terrorist watch list.
“Being on the watch list sure sounds bad, but it doesn’t mean that a person has been convicted of anything,” he notes. “In fact, it is pretty easy to get on the watch list; you can be on it simply because the FBI wants to interview you about someone you might know.”
“The error rate for identifying potential terror threats is probably similar to the error rate for background checks on gun purchases,” he writes. “Over 94 percent of ‘initial denials’ for gun purchases are dropped after just a preliminary review. These cases were dropped either because the wrong person had been stopped or because the covered offenses were decades old and the government decided not to prosecute. The total error rate comes to about 99 percent. “
PoliZette, December 3, 2015
Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said it is “an absurd statement” by President Obama that mass shootings only occur in the United States. The rate of mass public shootings in the United States is similar to that of Europe, he said.
Lott pointed out that the three worst mass shootings have occurred in Europe, which has much stricter guns laws. He noted that 508 people have been killed or injured in mass shootings this year in Paris. That compares with 424 casualties in the United States from mass shootings during the entire Obama presidency.
“Paris this year had more casualties from the three mass public shootings that than we’ve had over the entire Obama presidency,” he said.
The shooting on Wednesday at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., left 14 people dead and 17 wounded. Authorities have named Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, as suspects.
On the background check issue, Lott said, California already has a law — called for at the national level by Obama — requiring background checks on person-to-person gun sales. The same is true of Oregon and Colorado, where other recent shootings have taken place. . . .
A longer discussion is available here.
PoliZette, December 3, 2015
However, one action the Obama administration will likely take to further his anti-Second Amendment agenda is to “define people as mentally defective,” said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, in reference to the Social Security Administration’s proposed plan to apply Veterans Affairs restrictions on mentally defective veterans owning guns to Social Security recipients.
“These restrictions would define anyone who doesn’t handle their own finances as a mental defective” and would “deprive 4.5 million Americans of their Second Amendment rights,” according to Lott. . . .
People’s Pundit Daily, Friday, December 4, 2015
For further information, I invite you to peruse some serious articles on gun control, featuring scholars such as John Lott and David Kopel, along with some very persuasive information from an actual firearms expert. . . .
Tree Angle, December 4, 2015
Some observers, such as independent researcher and gun rights proponent John Lott, object to the tracker’s methodology, because it counts a lot of shootings where people arent killed, criminal gangs are involved, and cases take place out of public view. He argues that gang violence and domestic violence spring from different causes than instances in theColorado Springs, Colo., or San Bernardino shootings, and that they should be considered separately.
The causes and solutions to drug gang violence are dramatically different than for the vast majority of mass public shootings,where attacks are designed to kill or wound as many people as possible, Lott said in a post on the Crime Research Prevention Center Web site earlier this year. Padding the numbers by lumping the two together doesn’t make much sense.
Others argue that the use of the tracker’s data sends a misleading signal to the public. Fear is running rampant, criminologist James Alan Fox of Northeastern University said in an e-mail. The source of the panic rests squarely with the way in which media outlets cover these tragedies, and in this case, the Mass Shooting Tracker that is attracting so much ink. . . . .
Pocono Record (Pennsylvania), November 29, 2015
After the U.K. handgun ban in January 1997, its homicide rate rose by 50 percent over the next eight years; the firearms homicide rate almost doubled. Australia began a buyback program in 1996. The number of privately owned guns steadily increased and, by 2010, returned to 1996 levels.
That corresponds with a 2004 National Academy of Sciences study, which found the theory behind gun buybacks “is badly flawed.”
This and other confiscatory initiatives only benefit the thugs who don’t relinquish their weapons.
From Gayle Trotter’s piece in the Washington Times, November 24, 2015
The D.C. City Council should immediately adopt emergency legislation to streamline the process for D.C. residents and non-residents who work in or travel to the District to obtain concealed-carry permits for firearms. . . .
As economist John Lott suggested shortly after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris last January, our leaders need a backup plan to keep us safe.
Concealed-carry laws are a proven strategy that strengthens law-abiding citizens’ ability to carry concealed weapons and dramatically increases the terrorists’ risk of failure. Currently, D.C. law requires concealed-carry applicants to have completed firearms safety and range training from a certified provider in addition to training in D.C. firearms and self-defense law. . . .
Western Journalism, November 23, 2015
The odds that a typical state experiences a drop in murder or rape after a right-to-carry law is passed merely due to randomness is far less than 0.1 percent. … The average murder rate dropped in 89 percent of the states after the right-to-carry law was passed. … There was a similar decline in rape rates.
Further, to make sure he controlled for every variable imaginable (or didn’t control for variables that would incorrectly skew the data) he ran “20,480 regressions” using every imaginable arrangement of possible criteria and concluded,
… all the violent-crime regressions show the same direction of impact from the concealed-handgun law. The results for murder demonstrated that passing right-to-carry laws caused drops in the crime ranging from 5 to 7.5 percent.
John Lott found twenty-six peer reviewed studies on concealed-carry laws; sixteen showed a reduction in crime, and ten were inconclusive. Not one showed that crime rates increased. . . .
Finally, when it comes to gun bans, the results are predictably terrible. John Lott again, “Every place around the world that has banned guns appears to have experienced an increase in murder and violent crime rates.” This includes Washington, DC, Chicago, Britain, Ireland, and Jamaica. One British newspaper ran the darkly humorous article “Gun Crime Soaring Despite Ban.” Change the “Despite” to “Because,” and you have an accurate article. . . .