12 Apr , 2019

Toronto Police Association says that national handgun ban won’t stop criminals from getting guns

With Canada government considering a ban on handguns, the Toronto Police Association has spoken out against the ban.

“There’s no way in my world or any world I know that this would have an impact on somebody who’s going to go out and buy an illegal gun and use it to kill another person or shoot another person,” Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association, said Friday.

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17 Dec , 2018

In Canada’s National Post: The evidence simply doesn’t support calls for gun bans in Canada

Dr. John Lott has a piece with Professor Gary Mauser from Simon Frazer University on the recent call to ban handguns. The piece starts this way:

It seems obvious: ban guns and there won’t be any gun crime.

After two people were killed and 13 injured in a July shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered his government to assess the idea of “a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada.” They are scheduled to finish the assignment by the end of the year.

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8 Jun , 2016

No one should ever have a gun

Hillary Clinton Appointee to the DNC Platform Committee: “I really don’t personally think that anyone should have a gun”


A Hillary Clinton appointee to the Democrat Platform Committee, Bonnie Schaefer, is the one who made the statement that “I really don’t personally think anyone should have a gun.”  Hillary Clinton’s views on gun control were made very clear again this last weekend, so this statement only helps confirm what we knew she is planning on doing.…

6 Jun , 2016

Hillary Clinton supporting bans on concealed carry

CPRC at Fox News: “Four ways Hillary Clinton will work to end gun ownership as president”

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

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton just couldn’t bring herself to say on ABC’s “This Week” that Americans have an individual right to own guns.  But it didn’t stop her from denying Donald Trump’s claim that she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. 

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16 Apr , 2016

Updated: Murder and homicide rates before and after gun bans

Original post: Every place that has banned guns (either all guns or all handguns) has seen murder rates go up. You cannot point to one place where murder rates have fallen, whether it’s Chicago or D.C. or even island nations such as England, Jamaica, or Ireland.

For an example of homicide rates before and after a ban, take the case of the handgun ban in England and Wales in January 1997 (source here see Table 1.01 and the column marked “Offences currently recorded as homicide per million population,” UPDATED numbers available here).  …

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10 Apr , 2016

Venezuela gun-free zone signs

Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after 2012 ban on private ownership of guns



Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015.  A private organization, the Venezuelan Violence Observatory (OVV), puts the rate in 2015 at over 90 per 100,000 people.   The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan government’s claim that the ban is an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.”  The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns.  …

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1 Apr , 2016

Radich v. Guerrero

Last handgun ban in an American jurisdiction is struck down

The Northern Mariana Islands was the last jurisdiction in the United States where handguns were banned.  In the decide federal case Radich v. Guerrero (D.N.M.I. Mar. 28, 2016), a federal district court rule that their bans handguns, bans importing handguns into the commonwealth and limits possession of any guns by non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents violated the Second Amendment.  …

13 Jan , 2015

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

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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23 Oct , 2014

Lott-Kesten piece in the Advertiser

CPRC opinion piece on gun bans in the South Australian newspaper The Advertiser

The opinion piece that John Lott with Kesten Green, a professor at the University of South Australia, appeared in the Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser. We will try to add a link to the original article later.
(Click on figure to enlarge copy of the op-ed.)

UPDATE: The Advertiser has added a link for the op-ed piece available here.…

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