29 Apr , 2018

Lots of judges carry concealed handguns: 26% of Judges carry, 2% more considering, more wish they could but are banned

The National Judicial College recently surveyed judges around the country in 2017 and found that judges carry concealed handguns at much higher rates than the general population.  While a number of states still ban judges from carrying concealed handguns, the National Center for State Courts reports that Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wyoming have all changed their laws between 2011 and the beginning of 2017 to allow judges to carry.  …

29 Apr , 2018

Woman who uses her gun to save officer’s life is being sued by criminal’s family for wrongful death

In February 2017, we posted links to news stories discussing how a woman named Kystie Jaehnen had come to the aid of an officer who was being beaten by a criminal.  Sergeant William Halbig, President of Laughery Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, posted this account of what happened:

The suspicious person was parked in a elderly persons yard for an extended period of time, blocking her driveway, and creating a road hazard.

28 Apr , 2018

At The Hill newspaper: Waffle House shooting illustrates the danger posed by gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott’s newest article at The Hill newspaper starts this way:

Another mass public shooting in another gun-free zone, and yet again the media ignores it. Right at the front of the Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee was a sign prohibiting firearms. But none of the news media, neither national nor local, reported that fact.

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28 Apr , 2018

Talk on May 6th in Dallas, Booth at the NRA Annual Convention

Dr. John Lott will be speaking at the NRA annual meeting on Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, rooms D163 & 165.  The title of his talk is: “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against the False Claims That Will be Made Against Guns During the Election.”  The convention center is located at 650 S Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202.…

27 Apr , 2018

At The Daily Caller: Did You Read Obama’s Essay Commending Student Gun Control Enthusiasts? It Was CRINGE-INDUCING

Dr. John Lott’s newest op-ed at the Daily Caller started this way:

For those who may have forgotten, Barack Obama reminded many last week what made him such a polarizing president.  In a Time magazine essay commending student gun control activists, Obama resorted to his typical name-calling and false statements.

The former President sympathized with students who “see the NRA and its allies—whether mealymouthed [sic] politicians or mendacious commentators peddling conspiracy theories—as mere shills for those who make money selling weapons of war to whoever can pay.”  Trump has never used even remotely similar language to attack gun control proponents.

26 Apr , 2018

Students at two different public schools punish students who have been to gun ranges outside of school hours

In Florida and New Jersey students have been punished for going to a gun range outside of school hours.  In New Jersey this week, a school suspended two students who posted pictures of them going to gun range last weekend.

A New Jersey school district that allegedly suspended two high school students this week over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a private shooting range is facing community backlash and the threat of a lawsuit over district policies.

26 Apr , 2018

More Censorship of our research by Twitter

We have previously run into trouble with Twitter censoring our activity.  Gavin McGinnis recently posted a Tweet linking to some of our research correcting false statements made by Vox.com on guns.  But Twitter provided the following warning:

So what does “sensitive material” mean?  Apparently, Twitter says that sensitive material is “abusive and offensive” material.  …

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25 Apr , 2018

On the Michigan Talk Network to discuss the Toronto SUV massacre and the Waffle House shooting as another gun-free zone

Dr. John Lott talked to Steve Gruber about the Toronto SUV massacre and the Waffle House shooting as another gun-free zone.

(Tuesday, April 24, 2018, from 6:45 to 6:53 AM)

25 Apr , 2018

On Chicago’s WIND-AM, talking about how to stop mass public shootings in the aftermath of Florida’s Parkland attack

Dr. John Lott talked to Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson on WIND-AM in Chicago about the calls for banning AR-15s and other “assault weapons” and what about banning semi-automatic.  He also talked about the danger of gun-free zones.

(Tuesday, February 20, 2018, from 9:05 to 9:18 AM)

24 Apr , 2018

Why we should have armed teachers

Should teachers and staff at schools be armed?  John Stossel and producer Maxim Lott made a video analyzing that question, and used CPRC research to do so.

More information on concealed handguns at schools is available here.  There are a couple of nitpicking points to make about the video.  The accidental discharge in California occurred at a firearms training class outside of normal school hours.  …

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