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With all the concern about assault weapons, how has the share of murders with rifles changed over time?

4 Nov , 2019  

With all the concern about assault weapons since the federal ban sunset in 2004, it is interesting to see what a small share of murders are committed with any type of rifle and how even that share has fallen over time. The percentage of firearm murders with rifles was 4.8% prior to the ban starting in September 1994, 4.9% from 1995 to 2004 when the ban was in effect, and just 3.6% after that (3.9% if you look at just the first ten years after the an ended).…

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Klarevas’ false claims about the federal assault weapons ban and mass public shootings

5 May , 2018  

The Data files for the data used below is available here.

A large amount of research has been done on the federal assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004.  It has consistently found no statistically significant impact on mass public shootings or any other type of crime.…

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Robert Reich’s false claims about Guns

14 Apr , 2018   Video

Robert Reich’s “5 Points to Counter the NRA” received over 2 million views just on one Facebook page (video is available here).  So it isn’t too surprising that a large number of Americans are being convinced that stricter gun control is the answer for reducing gun-related deaths.  The video above is from a discussion that John Lott had with Gavin McInnes about Reich’s video.…

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On the Michael Dukes Radio Show: the renewed calls for an assault weapons ban, or why the Washington Post doesn’t have a clue on how to do research

24 Feb , 2018  

Dr. John Lott talked to Michael Dukes, whose radio show is heard in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska.  They discussed an article in the Washington Post by Christopher Ingraham that pushed for an assault weapons ban after the Florida high school attack.  One’s first reaction to all this is that banning guns based on how they look rather than how they function seems very unlikely to have any effect (these semi-automatic AR-15s fire the same bullets, with the same rapidity, doing the same damage as semi-automatic hunting rifles), but it doesn’t some such as Ingraham to believe otherwise.…

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CPRC in the Daily Caller: “Court Upholds ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban With Incorrect Facts”

23 Feb , 2017  

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Daily Caller on the new 4th Circuit Court opinion on Maryland’s assault weapon ban:

Should “military-style rifles” be banned?  On Tuesday, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia – in a virtual party line vote – upheld Maryland’s assault weapons ban. 

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Not an Assault Weapon: Dallas Police murderer used an SKS semi-automatic rifle

8 Jul , 2016  

We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, unfortunately it makes attacks like these more deadly and more tragic. And in the days ahead, we’re going to have to consider those realities as well.

— President Obama July 8, 2016

Yet again, President Obama is pushing for gun control laws wouldn’t have stopped the attack that is being used to motivate the new law.…

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A machine gun that “it’s nearly impossible to prevent its production”

20 Mar , 2016  

Gun control advocates don’t seem to realize how gun control laws primarily prevent law-abiding citizens, not criminals from getting guns.  It isn’t just an issue of smuggling guns.  It is also a question of being able to produce them, even machine guns.  Israel can’t stop domestic terrorists from making their own machine guns.  

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4th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Strikes down semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act, seems destined to reach the Supreme Court

8 Feb , 2016  

A new ruling in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals conflicts the rulings in other Circuit Courts and seems likely to force the Supreme Court to address this issue.

. . . In a 2-1 decision applauded by gun rights advocates, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit concluded that the semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines banned by Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act “are in common use by law-abiding citizens.” As a result, they don’t fall under the exception to the right to bear arms that applies to “unusual” weapons such as machine guns and hand grenades, the court said.

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Most Americans Oppose Re-instituting a National Assault Weapon Ban

19 Dec , 2015  

New surveys by ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times show that the drop in support for a nationwide ban in so-called “assault weapons” mirrors the general decline in support for gun control that has been observed in the last couple of decades (here and here).  The  average of the two surveys weighted by the number of people surveyed shows that 6.9% more people oppose a national ban than support it.  …

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The long list of illegal weapons used by the terrorists in the Paris attack

13 Jan , 2015  

In reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, we have gotten these types of comments:

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there.  Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’” — Actor Liam Neeson, January 12th, 2014

“One thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh it is actually a very good thing that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” — Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, January 9th, 2014

The irony here is that the Paris attack occurred in a country with some of the strongest gun control restrictions in the world.  …

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