We missed this reference to our work when it went up in October 2018. Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times, discussed what caused the rise in concealed handgun permits.
Remember when President Obama tried to change the Second Amendment and ban handguns? No, neither do I. But Wayne LaPierre of the N.R.A. repeatedly warned that Obama favored “a total ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of all handguns.” The propaganda worked: In one poll in 2009, 55 percent of gun-owners said that they expected Obama to try to ban the sale of guns.
The alarmism was effective. By one count, the number of Americans licensed to carry concealed weapons soared from 4.6 million in 2007 to 17.3 million today. . . .
Forgive us, but it seems like gun control advocates, given their false claims about guns and their various gun control proposals, really do want to ban guns. Here is a piece that we had in Investor’s Business Daily titled “Gun Control Advocates Really Just Want To Ban Guns,” with some examples of statements by gun control advocates that sure look like they want to ban guns. Dr. John Lott also taught at the University of Chicago at the same time Barack Obama, and while Obama would make statements such as “I believe in the Second Amendment. It’s there written on the paper. It guarantees a right to bear arms,” here’s another quote: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.” That’s what Obama said to Lott when they were colleagues at the University of Chicago in 1996. Obama has also publicly supported a nationwide “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” as well as a “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” Even as late as the 2008 Presidential primaries, Obama supported Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.
In addition, gun control groups, such as the Brady Campaign, now claim that they don’t want to ban guns, but they fought against the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions and if they had won, those places would have been able to continue banning guns. They claimed that they were just supporting local decision making, but they still supported those places banning guns.
Now we have American politicians praising New Zealand’s ban on semi-automatic guns.
“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday praised New Zealand’s leaders for banning military-style rifles and semi-automatic guns in the wake of a shooting there that left 50 people dead, saying the U.S. should follow suit. . . .”