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.…



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. 



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.…


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.”


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.  …



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.’”

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CPRC in the News: Explaining why limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets is dangerous

18 Jul , 2014  

CPRC’s op-ed in the Star-Ledger (the largest paper in New Jersey) starts this way:

Gun control advocates just can’t let go of Gov. Chris Christie vetoing of a bill limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets. Christie’s warning that the bill wouldn’t save lives might not be politically popular, but it was scientifically accurate.



Mass shooting yesterday at FedEx facility in Kennesaw Georgia took place in yet another “gun-free zone”

30 Apr , 2014  

UPDATE: John Lott’s newest Fox News piece is on this: Media bias on gun free zones. The piece goes through errors in discussions by the Wall Street Journal on this shooting.

Picture from the Associated Press
Picture from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When are news reports going to mention the simple fact that yet another attack has occurred in a gun-free zone?…

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Errors in Piers Morgan last speech on guns at the end of his show on CNN

30 Mar , 2014  

Below is the relevant text of Piers Morgan’s comments. Here a few comments.

1) Doesn’t Piers recognize the irony that the Aurora movie theater and Newtown shootings both occurred where guns are banned? That the movie theater shooting occurred in the one movie theater out of seven showing the Batman movie near where the killer lived?…

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