2 Sep , 2013

SunNews: “Firearms expert John Lott joins Brian Lilley to discuss the motivations and flaws behind gun control”

Here is an interview that I had with Brian Lilley. My discussion starts about 5 minutes into the video.

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2 Sep , 2013

Newest Fox News piece: The truth about the new executive orders targeting guns

My newest piece starts this way:

It sure sounds scary. “Military weapons” being reimported back into the United States. Or people getting guns without background checks. But the reception being given President Obama’s two new executive orders on guns largely relies on ignorance of how the current rules work.  

The president’s executive order banning the reimportation of “military weapons” really only affects old M-1 Garand 30-06 rifles.

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2 Sep , 2013

Newest piece at National Review: “Obama’s Racial Imbalance: He professes outrage when there’s little evidence of bias against blacks, but ignores attacks on whites.”

John Lott’s newest piece starts this way:

Racism should make people pretty angry. But for that very reason charges of racism should only be leveled carefully. 

George Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race in confronting Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a Hispanic, was himself one-eighth black. The prosecution in his case produced no statements by Zimmerman showing any racial bias. 

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2 Sep , 2013

Newest op-ed piece: Gun toting teachers’ names must remain private

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

Are people safer if criminals know who is carrying concealed handguns? Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seems to think so. 
With school starting soon, he claims that if the Clarksville, Arkansas School District lets employees carry concealed handguns at school,their names must be made public.

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4 Aug , 2013

Fox News Piece: What liberal media won’t tell you — blacks benefit most from Stand Your Ground laws

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

Stand Your Ground laws have become a racial issue in the aftermath of the not guilty . President Obama and Attorney General Holder have weighed in, linking race and these laws.

On ABC News’ “This Week,” radio talk show host Travis Smiley declared what many think: “It appears to me, and I think many other persons in this country that you can in fact stand your ground unless you are a black man.”

And they seem to have some evidence of this, now that the Tampa Bay Times has reviewed Florida’s court cases to find “defendants claiming ‘stand your ground’ are more likely to prevail if the victim is black.”

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.