23 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the Daily Caller: “Court Upholds ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban With Incorrect Facts”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Daily Caller on the new 4th Circuit Court opinion on Maryland’s assault weapon ban:

Should “military-style rifles” be banned?  On Tuesday, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia – in a virtual party line vote – upheld Maryland’s assault weapons ban. 

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8 Jul , 2016

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Not an Assault Weapon: Dallas Police murderer used an SKS semi-automatic rifle

We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in the days ahead, we’re going to have to consider those realities as well.

— President Obama July 8, 2016

Yet again, President Obama is pushing for gun control laws wouldn’t have stopped the attack that is being used to motivate the new law.…

20 Mar , 2016

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A machine gun that “it’s nearly impossible to prevent its production”

Gun control advocates don’t seem to realize how gun control laws primarily prevent law-abiding citizens, not criminals from getting guns.  It isn’t just an issue of smuggling guns.  It is also a question of being able to produce them, even machine guns.  Israel can’t stop domestic terrorists from making their own machine guns.  

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8 Feb , 2016

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Strikes down semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act, seems destined to reach the Supreme Court

A new ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals conflicts the rulings in other Circuit Courts and seems likely to force the Supreme Court to address this issue.

. . . In a 2-1 decision applauded by gun rights advocates, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act “are in common use by law-abiding citizens.” As a result, they don’t fall under the exception to the right to bear arms that applies to “unusual” weapons such as machine guns and hand grenades, the court said.

13 Jan , 2015

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The long list of illegal weapons used by the terrorists in the Paris attack

In reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, we have gotten these types of comments:

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there.  Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’” — Actor Liam Neeson, January 12th, 2014

“One thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh it is actually a very good thing that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” — Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, January 9th, 2014

The irony here is that the Paris attack occurred in a country with some of the strongest gun control restrictions in the world.  …

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18 Jul , 2014

CPRC in the News: Explaining why limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets is dangerous

CPRC’s op-ed in the Star-Ledger (the largest paper in New Jersey) starts this way:

Gun control advocates just can’t let go of Gov. Chris Christie vetoing of a bill limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. Christie’s warning that the bill wouldn’t save lives might not be politically popular, but it was scientifically accurate.

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30 Apr , 2014

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Mass shooting yesterday at FedEx facility in Kennesaw Georgia took place in yet another “gun-free zone”

UPDATE: John Lott’s newest Fox News piece is on this: Media bias on gun free zones. The piece goes through errors in discussions by the Wall Street Journal on this shooting.

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When are news reports going to mention the simple fact that yet another attack has occurred in a gun-free zone?…

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30 Mar , 2014

Errors in Piers Morgan last speech on guns at the end of his show on CNN


Below is the relevant text of Piers Morgan’s comments. Here a few comments.

1) Doesn’t Piers recognize the irony that the Aurora movie theater and Newtown shootings both occurred where guns are banned? That the movie theater shooting occurred in the one movie theater out of seven showing the Batman movie near where the killer lived?…

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6 Jan , 2014

CPRC on Chicago’s WIND AM talking to Big John Howell and Amy Jacobson

The discussion focused on everything from Illinois’ new concealed carry law to background checks (audio of the 12 minute interview is available here)

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4 Jan , 2014

Evaluating the Evidence in the Federal district court’s New York gun law decision

The CPRC presents an analysis of the federal district court’s decision at National Review Online. The beginning of the analysis starts this way:

New York’s new gun-control law, the so-called SAFE Act, largely survived its first federal-court challenge on this past Tuesday. The more than 1,140 New Yorkers it’s made felons will remain so.

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