2 Sep , 2013

Newest op-ed piece: Gun toting teachers’ names must remain private

John Lott’s newest Fox News piece starts this way:

Are people safer if criminals know who is carrying concealed handguns? Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel seems to think so. 
With school starting soon, he claims that if the Clarksville, Arkansas School District lets employees carry concealed handguns at school,their names must be made public.

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4 Aug , 2013

Fox News Piece: What liberal media won’t tell you — blacks benefit most from Stand Your Ground laws

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Stand Your Ground laws have become a racial issue in the aftermath of the not guilty . President Obama and Attorney General Holder have weighed in, linking race and these laws.

On ABC News’ “This Week,” radio talk show host Travis Smiley declared what many think: “It appears to me, and I think many other persons in this country that you can in fact stand your ground unless you are a black man.”

And they seem to have some evidence of this, now that the Tampa Bay Times has reviewed Florida’s court cases to find “defendants claiming ‘stand your ground’ are more likely to prevail if the victim is black.”

24 Jul , 2013

C-SPAN Washington Journal: Stand Your Ground Laws

John Lott and Jon Lowy discussed “stand your ground” laws in states throughout the nation, the Castle Doctrine, and what the impact of such laws has been. They also reacted to a video clip of President Obama’s statement the previous day about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

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24 Jul , 2013

NewsMax Piece: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Help Blacks, Women, Elderly

An interview with John Lott at NewsMax notes:

African Americans, women, and the elderly are more likely to benefit from the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law than other groups, according to John Lott Jr., President of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

“Blacks are more likely to be successful in making claims using ‘Stand Your Ground’ than any other racial group.

19 Jul , 2013

“Armed Good Samaritan Praised for Saving Cop’s Life”

From Police Magazine (the case occurred in January 2013):

A Good Samaritan with a good aim is credited with saving the life of a small-town cop who was under fire.

Vic Stacy, 66, was inside his trailer at the Peach House RV Park in Early, Texas, roughly two hours southeast of Abilene, when he heard gunfire.

19 Jul , 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer Piece: Focus is on the wrong law

John Lott’s newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

On Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg knew what was responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death: Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Or, as Bloomberg calls it: a “shoot-first” law.

According to Bloomberg: “‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Why gun control just got even more difficult

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Gun control, an already difficult task, just got even more difficult.

The 3D printing revolution is well under way. This wonderful new technology will allow small companies and even individuals to manufacture a wide range of items, such as medical devices that fit each individual’s unique size and shape.

19 Jul , 2013

National Review Piece: Children and Guns – The Fear and the Reality

John Lott’s newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:

Should you ask your neighbors if they own a gun before your child plays at their house? And what do you do if they say yes?

After the tragic accidental death this month of a two-year-old Kentucky girl who had been shot by her five-year-old brother, the answer may seem obvious: Do not let your child play at a gun owner’s home, at least if you are not sure he is locking up his guns.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Who is really lying in the gun debate?

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

After failing to get his gun control bill passed by the Senate Wednesday, President Obama lashed out at his usual favorite targets, “the gun lobby” and Republicans.

He claimed “the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.” He scolded “senators [who] could not offer any good reason” to oppose the legislation.