Missoula County’s election process is under fire from an article that appeared Wednesday on the website Real Clear Investigations, authored by Missoula resident John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center.
The article takes to task the Missoula County Elections Director Bradley Seaman over discrepancies Lott said were found during an independent count of ballots on January 4.
Missoula Representative Bradley Tschida engaged local attorney Quentin Rhoades to conduct the recount.
“You have to have an envelope with the ballot for it to be legal and for it to be counted,” said Lott. “It turns out that there were 4,592 votes more counted than there were envelopes for the ballots. On top of that, according to people who were looking at this, there were clear cases where duplicate signatures, where the same person, for example, appeared to have signed for all 28 votes at a local nursing home, and there were other cases. That may add at least another half a percentage point to the total.” . . .Peter Christian, “Real Clear Investigations Report Critical of Missoula Election,” KGVO, March 24, 2021.
Economist John R. Lott Jr. said that the tightened background checks affect minorities disproportionally: “People tend to have names similar to others in their racial groups. Thirty-four percent of black males in the United States are legally prohibited from owning a gun because of past criminal history. Whose names are their names most likely to be confused with? Other law-abiding good black males who want to buy a gun to protect themselves and their families.” . . .
Lott said that gun control groups such as the Giffords Center “constantly talk about mass shootings and other types of attacks. They’re constantly making incorrect claims that the United States somehow leads the world in terms of mass public shootings.” According to his research, with less than 5 percent of the world population, the United States makes up less than 1 percent of the world’s mass public shootings.
Lott also authored “More Guns, Less Crime,” initially published in 1998 and reprinted in two additional editions. According to Lott, the first edition looked at all counties in the United States for about 20 years and considered many factors such as law enforcement, poverty, unemployment, and 13 different gun control laws. His key finding was that police were critical in reducing crime. People’s self-defense capability due to owning guns also deters criminals.
“In the 2020 federal election, just looking at congressional races, Bloomberg claims that he spent something like $110 million on those races. The NRA [National Rifles Association] spent something like $2.3 million. It’s not just that election cycle, cycle after cycle for at least the four previous election cycles, you see a similar imbalance. The gun control groups talk about the profits and other things for people in the gun industry and how much money they’re buying votes. If spending money was all you needed to do to buy votes, Bloomberg and gun control people would have had everything they ever wanted for years now,” he added. . . .
Lott told The Epoch Times that the future of the two House bills might boil down to the filibuster, which would require 60 votes out of the total 100 senators to end. However, the Senate may bring in the “nuclear option” that will allow it to end the filibuster with a simple majority.
Lott pointed to Operation Choke Point, a 2013 initiative during the Obama administration, as a sign of future gun control measures. The Operation investigated financial institutions that did business with merchant categories deemed “high-risk,” including firearms and ammunition sales. A 2014 report of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found that the Operation caused some banks to “terminate relationships with a wide variety of entirely lawful and legitimate merchants.”
Lott said, “It’s the type of actions that the government uses to go after terrorists that they were using to go after law-abiding companies. When Trump became president, he immediately ended that policy and started to put through regulations. The bureaucracy slow-walked the regulatory changes. They’ve had the final rules come out in November. But they had to be published in the Federal Register. They were supposed to be published in early February. And the Biden administration pulled them before they were able to get published. So, they can go back. And maybe they’re already going back.” . . .Terri Wu, “Gun Rights ‘Distinctly American,’ Advocates Warn of Socialist Agenda,” Epoch Times, March 16, 2021.
Democrats have claimed instituting a longer waiting period and monitoring private sales would prevent gun violence. However, experts like Crime Prevention Research Center President Dr. John Lott have asserted there are several flaws in the Democrats’ logic.
While the bill is titled the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, only three of the 210 co-sponsors of the bill are Republicans. Meanwhile, debate has begun on a second bill called the Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021, but is currently on hold.OAN Newsroom, “House Votes To Pass Background Checks Act Of 2021,” One America News, March 1, 2021.
We need to increase the security of gun-free zones. The Crime Prevention Research Center found that over 90% of mass shootings happen in these areas. The El Paso shooter even admitted that he skillfully chose an area with weak security.
We should still have gun-free zones, but it’s unsafe and unreasonable to allow gun owners to carry a firearm wherever and whenever they want. However, if an area is going to prohibit someone’s 2nd Amendment rights, then the property owner is responsible for providing the protection they took away. Public schools commonly have one or two resource officers to guard a flock of roughly 2,000 students. If these places were more skillfully protected, then the number of fatalities obviously wouldn’t be nearly as high.William Moore, “Why Gun Laws Won’t Stop Mass Shootings,” Scriberr, October 24, 2021.
A River of Doubt Runs Through Mail Voting. An audit in Montana challenges the narrative that there’s nothing to fear about making mail balloting the new normal, John R. Lott Jr. reports for RCI.Carl M. Cannon, “Montana Voting,” Real Clear Politics, March 24, 2021.
This FOIA request had to do with Dr. John Lott’s short tenure at the DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs, an offshoot of the DOJ that doles out billions of dollars in grants annually, some to academics and groups that promote gun control.
You’ll soon see more on what Lott was trying to accomplish in the DOJ and how so much of our tax money is funneled to research designed to give the mainstream media talking points to push for more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. . . .Frank Miniter, “The Federal Behemoth and Your Rights,” America’s 1st Freedom, March 24, 2021.
John R. Lott Jr., President of The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) determined that 96-99% (or more) of background check denials are false positives. In other words, good guys being denied their God-given right.Dan Wos, “Democrat’s Secret Hidden Intent Behind Anti-Gun Bill H.R. 8,” Ammoland, March 15, 2021.