Walter Williams’ latest national column on policing:
To solve this problem, they want police departments to hire more black police officers. It turns out that the U.S. Justice Department has found that black police officers in San Francisco and Philadelphia are likelier than whites to shoot and use force against black suspects.
Daily Post (Los Alamos, New Mexico), February 6, 2017
Persons supporting this bill have have argued that this bill would prevent violent gun crimes. Let’s look at the crime statistics from states that have adopted similar legislation. Dr. John Lott Jr., found in his research, that these states have an increase in their murder rates of 49 percent and robberies increased by 75 percent.
Besides the extensive coverage that we received in the Associated Press, here are some of the media attention that we received.
National Review, January 25, 2017
Over at the Crime Research Prevention Center, John Lott Jr. notes that the number of “constitutional carry” states will reach 16 or 17 by the end of this year.
Fox Business, January 9, 2017; Yahoo News!, January 9, 2017; Yahoo Finance!, January 9, 2017
“Quite simply, the Ft. Lauderdale airport is a gun-free zone,” Pratt stated. “In fact, the Crime Prevention Research Center reports that ‘Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at airports.’” .
The One America News Network, which is the fourth largest cable news network and has greater viewership than Fox Business News and Bloomberg TV, had an interview with Dr. John Lott about the problems with the gun background check system.
To many Americans, gun background checks may sound like a good idea, but some conservatives are raising new criticisms of them because they don’t always work as they are supposed to.
Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, ID) Lead story, December 29, 2016
. . . In December 2012, 85,535 Idaho adults had concealed weapons permits, according to a report published by the Pennsylvania-based Crime Prevention Research Center.
As of December 2016, 131,665 Idaho adults possessed such permits, according to the Idaho Bureau of Criminal Identification.
This article appeared on Monday, December 26, 2016:
Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect.
Among a sample of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, the study found that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than the odds of a black suspect getting killed by a white officer.
The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia), December 18, 2016
Morgantown City Council will once again take aim at determining whether firearms should be allowed in municipal buildings, and if so, who should be permitted to carry them.
The issue is among those listed on the posted agenda for council’s Dec. 20 regular meeting.
New York Post, November 30, 2016
The media is “incredulous” over Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, notes John Lott at the Daily Caller, yet illegal votes have “mattered in plenty of elections” — and fraud still occurs today. Lott cites Lyndon Johnson’s 1948 election to the Senate, John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential win and Al Franken’s 2010 Senate victory as examples where voter fraud likely tilted the results.