The Mercury News (San Jose, California), January 20, 2019; East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, California), January 20, 2019; Daily Democrat (Woodland, California), January 21, 2019; Enterprise-Record (Chico, California), January 21, 2019; Oroville Mercury-Register (Oroville, California), GOPUSA, January 21, 2019
“There’s a whole host of reasonable regulations if you go to a gun store, but if you’re outside a gun store there are few if any regulations, at least at the federal level,” [David Chipman, with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence] said. The study, he added, “supports the notion that requiring people to go to gun stores makes it more difficult for them to get guns.”
But John Lott, an economist and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center who was on the United States Sentencing Commission in the 1980s, said the study bolsters his skepticism of gun restrictions.
Lott likens gun laws to alcohol prohibition and the “war on drugs,” which he notes did little to quench drinking and drug abuse while enriching black-market bootleggers and drug cartels. And he points to Mexico, which has some of the world’s strictest gun laws — Mexicans can only buy small-caliber firearms from a single, government-run seller — yet it is awash in violent crime.
“In Mexico there aren’t powerful guns to steal from citizens, yet the criminals still go and get guns,” Lott said. He argues that making legal purchases easier, as was done with drugs and alcohol, is more effective thwarting criminal cartels trafficking in contraband, whether liquor, drugs or guns. . . .
The Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2019
This problem [with the media] runs deeper than we seem to realize. The Washington Post recently devoted 5,000 words to a fake-news purveyor without noticing the significance of its own reporting: The guy running the site was a liberal who got his jollies (and made money) by inventing tall tales to titillate conservatives. In Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, we belatedly learn, a liberal tech billionaire funded the creation of fake conservative Facebook pages to influence conservative voters. Or read conservative scholar John Lott’s lengthy account of how Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed, the supposedly reputable news site, stole Mr. Lott’s identity and sent out fake emails in his name. . . . .
Lott found, “Compared to American citizens, illegal aliens are more than twice as likely to be convicted for armed robbery, child molestation, and for sexual assault … nearly three times as likely to be convicted of murder and manslaughter … more than four times as likely to be convicted of a drive-by shooting, and for extortion … [and] more than five times as likely to be convicted of kidnapping.”
His conclusion? “If illegal aliens committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries.” . . .
Gentleman’s Quarterly, January 8, 2019
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 16, 2019
WBKO, January 15, 2019
Between 2012 and 2018, the percent of women with permits grew 111% faster than for men.
Austin says her license is a form of protection.
“Just the way life is now, life’s a little more dangerous sadly to say. Just in case you find yourself in an ugly situation where it may cost you your life,” Austin said. . . .
Cape Cod Times, January 23, 2019
Livre (Brazil), January 9, 2019
O Professor John Lott, um dos maiores especialistas do mundo sobre esse assunto, detalha em seu livro Preconceito Contra As Armas de forma detalhada e inequívoca, como as pessoas foram levadas a acreditar em políticas restritivas para posse e porte de armas como solução ou atenuação para criminalidade violenta. De forma sistemática a grande imprensa, instituições e formadores de opinião, durante décadas, fizeram que a sociedade acreditasse, em maior ou menor grau, que o grande problema era a existência das armas. . . .
Aire Libre (Brazil), January 9, 2019
El autor de la columna publicada en townhall.com es el Presidente del Crime Prevention Research Center y autor de “More Guns, Less Crime (más armas menos crimen)”.
Las estrictas leyes de control de armas de Brasil han fracasado. La tasa anual de homicidios del país ahora es de 31 por cada 100,000 personas, casi seis veces más alta que la tasa de los EE. UU. . . .
Sputnik News, January 24, 2019
In the years before founding BuzzFeed, CEO Jonah Peretti masqueraded as political opponents or business rivals, creating fake websites and spreading false statements and emails pretending to be them in order to defame them, one of his victims told Sputnik Wednesday.
Peretti, whose news outlet has recently gotten into hot water after publishing and sticking with a story refuted by the Office of the Special Counsel, also has a history of knowingly spreading false information about others.
John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a specialist on civilian use of firearms, told Sputnik Wednesday that Peretti impersonated him in 2003 in the interests of whipping up support for a hotly debated gun control law.
At the time, Peretti was the director of the R&D lab at Eyebeam, a New York-based not-for-profit art and technology center.
Peretti adopted the identity of Lott, who authored the book “More Guns, Less Crime,” purporting to have had a change of heart and sending out emails urging recipients that he’d had a change of heart and to oppose the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” which lawmakers intended to use to protect gun makers from lawsuits. A website Peretti created, AskJohnLott.org, carried the same message, Lott explained in a Tuesday op-ed on Fox News.
“[Peretti] set up a website using my picture and appearing to be from me, and as I described in the op-ed, he sent out emails that appeared to be from me and he emailed back and forth with people trying to convince them he was me,” Lott told Sputnik. . . .
Ammoland, January 14, 2019
Texas provides for the apprehension of a person believed to be dangerous, a timely evaluation of the person, and if necessary, the placement of that person in a mental health facility for treatment. The most relevant statutes provide for a non-warrant detention, a warrant detention, a protective custody order, and court-ordered mental health services. As John Lott pointed out, “If someone’s mental illness really does pose a danger to others, why only stop them from legally purchasing a gun? They’ll have plenty of time to obtain a weapon illegally. Our best bet is to confine them to a mental health facility.” (John Lott, “CPRC in Investor’s Business Daily: Some gun laws dealing with mental illness do more harm than good” Investor’s Business Daily, 9/26/15.) . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, January 24, 2019
It should come as no surprise to law-abiding gun owners that there actually are reasons why we need to fight to keep the Left from further infringing on our right to keep and bear arms. But for those who need a primer on the historical purpose of the Second Amendment and its multiple purposes, recommend that they watch this video.
In in, Judge Andrew Napolitano interviews gun John Lott, a researcher with the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “The War on Guns” and other books, about the importance of being able to defend yourself and your loved ones, as well as the fact that an armed populace adds a layer of protection against tyranny. . . .