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Fusion TV debate on “Are Guns in Classrooms a Good Idea?”

24 Nov , 2013  


Fusion TV is a joint venture of ABC and Univision, and it is aimed at young people and also Hispanics.  This segment is only about a third of our interview. When John Lott was able to respond, he pointed out that Katherine Seymour fears about what might happen weren’t justified.  The link is also available here.…

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, The Chair Of Florida “Stand Your Ground” Hearings, cites statistics from CPRC during debate

10 Nov , 2013  


The Crime Prevention Research Center’s recent testimony to the US Senate has had implications for the Stand Your Ground debate in Florida. Rep. Matt Gaetz began quoting from John Lott’s testimony at about 3:31 into this video and continues until 4:31. Gaetz’s entire testimony is worth listening to and quite powerful.…

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Newest Fox New piece: New gun rules for Neighborhood Watch volunteers in Sanford, Fla. about race, politics not saving lives

5 Nov , 2013  

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

When lives are on the line, what saves lives — not politics – should guide policy.

Gun control advocates used to warn about blood in the streets if we didn’t tighten gun laws, but as concealed handgun permits in the U.S.

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Some notes on John Roman’s “Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data,” Urban Institute

4 Nov , 2013  

A copy of Roman’s report is available here.  Apparently, the report was referenced extensively in last week’s Senate testimony on Stand Your Ground laws.

1) If you were to do this study right, you would look at the change in justifiable homicides in each state before and after the Stand Your Ground law went into effect.  

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Evaluating: “Racism, gun ownership and gun control: Biased attitudes in US whites may influence policy decisions”

31 Oct , 2013  

Greg Gutfeld made use of the discussion below in his appearance on Fox News’ “The Five” on Friday (transcript here).
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comJohn Lott’s op-ed at Fox News summarizing part of the post below is available here.

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Four academics from Australia and the UK have really gone out of their way to put together some poorly done research (Kerry O’Brien, Walter Forrest, Dermot Lynott, and Michael Daly).  

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Crime Prevention Research Center in the News regarding Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws

29 Oct , 2013  

From the Jackson County Floridian: Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R.…

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Chicago Tribune opinion piece for Tuesday’s Senate hearing: “In defense of stand your ground laws”

29 Oct , 2013  

John Lott’s piece at the Chicago Tribune coincides with the Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws tomorrow.  The article starts this way:

As Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Judiciary subcommittee hears testimony on “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, charges of racial discrimination will be the central focus. Two black women, one of them Trayvon Martin’s mom, are expected to testify about losing their sons to gunshots by white or Hispanic men.

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Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Stand Your Ground Laws

29 Oct , 2013  

Tomorrow at 10 AM the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a hearing on Stand Your Ground laws.  A copy of my testimony is available here.  From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will chair a hearing Tuesday on the controversial “stand your ground” laws that played a role in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman.

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Debate on CNN with the head of the Brady Campaign about gun sales online

27 Oct , 2013  

“CNN asks two gun sales experts about social media site Instagram permitting firearm sales online.”…

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Debate on CNN with the head of the Brady Campaign about gun sales online

26 Oct , 2013  

“CNN asks two gun sales experts about social media site Instagram permitting firearm sales online.”