27 Mar , 2017

CPRC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Travel ban makes sense in some cases

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

Last week, government officials banned most carry-on electronic devices from U.S.-bound flights originating in more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African countries. The reason was due to an increase in terror threats.

No judges are stopping the ban on electronic devices.

23 Mar , 2017

In the New York Daily News: NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the New York Daily News on why NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies.  It talks a little about NPR’s biases in covering the gun issue.  The piece starts this way:

Whatever original purpose public broadcasting had back in 1969, President Trump is right: The reason for its existence is long gone.

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14 Mar , 2017

At Fox News: “In 2017 women and minorities are buying guns. Here’s why”

Dr. John Lott has another op-ed at Fox News and Fox Nation on how gun purchases have remained strong after Trump’s election in November.  The piece starts this way:

During the 8 years he was president, Barack Obama’s administration experienced an explosion in gun sales, with annual background checks more than doubling between 2008 and 2016. 

8 Mar , 2017

In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws: The facts don’t support fears of armed citizens

Dr. John Lott is supposed to testify before the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear testimony today on a Stand Your Ground bill.  In connection with his testimony, he has a new op-ed piece in the Star Tribune on Minnesota.

Gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg says that “Stand Your Ground” laws amount to “shoot first, ask questions later.”

In fact, as the Minnesota House Committee on Public Safety and Security Policy will hear in testimony today, Stand Your Ground laws do not allow the initiation of force.

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7 Mar , 2017

In the Hartford Courant: “Guns Only For The Rich In Connecticut”

Dr. John Lott has a piece in the Hartford Courant on Connecticut Governor Malloy’s push to raise the state’s concealed handgun permit fee from $140 to $370.

Why do Democrats, self-proclaimed champions of the poor, make it so difficult for poor people to defend themselves? Democrats oppose even free voter IDs as imposing too much of a burden on the poor, but when it comes to guns, they don’t hesitate to impose fees, expensive training requirements and onerous background checks.

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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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14 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyoming): Just plain wrong about guns. (Plus an interesting media bias story)

With the debate over gun-free zones heating up in the Wyoming legislature, Dr. John Lott has a piece in the Capitol city’s newspaper, the Tribune Eagle.  Lott was responding to a piece in the paper by Kerry Drake that had attacked Lott and the research from the CPRC.

Strangely, after the piece went up, Dr.…

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9 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the News Sentinel (Knoxville,TN): Gun-free zones easy targets for would-be killers

In a piece last Friday in the News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN), Mark Harmon, a professor of journalism at the University of Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee, had an article attacking Dr. John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Lott used the first part of his column as an opportunity to explain the dangers of gun-free zones, something that Harmon addresses only tangentially since his attack is really an attack on Lott and the CPRC.…

6 Feb , 2017

CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily: Ending Obama’s Ban On Some Retirees From Owning Guns

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at Investor’s Business Daily on the congressional votes to end Obama’s ban on some retirees owning guns.  The piece starts this way:

Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama finalized new rules banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.