Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at National Review starts this way:
Democrats keep using shootings of police officers to push for more gun control. Having just arrived in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, the Reverend Jesse Jackson complained on Sunday that police are more likely to be killed in states that have open-carry laws.
86.4% of the US’s Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs “support nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapon permits.”
76% of those same heads of departments believe that “qualified, law-abiding armed citizens help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity.”
The entire survey is available here: NACOP survey results 2016. A 2013 Survey of Police by PoliceOne found similar results (available here).…
Dr. John Lott was quoted by Fox News about the new DC Circuit Court Decision on whether DC has to follow the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act that allows retired Law Enforcement with at least 10 years experience to carry concealed.
Four former prison guards who were barred from carrying concealed guns despite a 2004 federal law that gave off-duty and retired law enforcement officers the right to pack heat won a landmark court victory on Thursday.
John Lott was interviewed by Fox News about whether the NFL should ban off-duty police from carrying their service weapons at games.
“Off-duty police had been carrying their guns with them at NFL games from the time the NFL started until about a year-and-a-half ago, and there has never been a single problem,” John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told FoxNews.com.
From John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News:
Since 1991, murder and violent crime have plummeted in the U. S. But in a widely discussed op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “The New Nationwide Crime Wave,” Heather Mac Donald recently made a startling claim: “Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America.” She demonstrated this by citing murder rate increases in six cities.
In an article on the soaring murder rate in Baltimore, Fox News quoted John Lott as saying:
“In case people ever needed a reminder, the increase in Baltimore’s murder rate shows how important police are,” John Lott, president of Crime Prevention Research Centerand a Fox News contributor said. “As police are worried about being called criminals themselves, the sudden increase stands in sharp contrast to how murder rates are changing in the rest of the country.” .
John Lott talked to Steve Gruber at 6:45 AM on Tuesday, May 26th about the importance of police in reducing crime.
John Lott’s latest piece at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review starts this way:
False claims about police brutality are poisoning race relations.
This feeling of “unfairness,” as President Obama noted in his weekly address on May 16, is “fuel(ing) the kind of unrest that we’ve seen in places like Baltimore, Ferguson and New York.”
The riots it incites threaten people’s lives and destroy businesses.
Police are afraid if they arrest someone or confront a criminal something will go wrong — that the criminal will die or get hurt and the police officer will become the official criminal. From the Wall Street Journal:
The number of arrests has fallen here since Freddie Gray’s death put the police department under intense scrutiny, while violent crime has increased in a neighborhood rocked by riots hours after Mr.
The video here has the first four minutes of the seven minutes that John Lott was on the show.
Fox News has some detailed information here:
the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms.