Personal note from John Lott:
With all the people who I have talked to who have been present at mass public shootings over the 16 years since I first wrote about gun-free zones in the Wall Street Journal, this attack at Fort Hood was different: my second oldest son, Ryan, is stationed on the base and was a couple of blocks away from the attack.
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?…
CPRC’s John Lott was interviewed on Bill Bennett’s Morning in America show to discuss the ban on soldiers being able to carry guns on military bases and police officers being able to at NFL games. The audio of the interview is available here (March 28, 2014 from 7:06 to 7:15 AM EDT).…
Idaho now joins seven other states that to varying degrees allow permitted concealed handguns on college campuses. As I note below, if you include Pennsylvania, it is probably more correct to say that Idaho becomes the ninth state. On March 12th, Idaho governor Butch Otter signed a bill that will allow those with an enhanced concealed handgun permits to carry guns on college campuses after July 1st this year.…
John Lott’s newest piece was the featured commentary in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Sunday opinion section and it starts this way:
Can mass shootings be stopped or prevented? The Obama administration’s political views prevent it from even considering certain obvious solutions.
On Tuesday the Department of Defense released its report on the Sept.
The Department of Defense report on the September 16th, 2013 Navy Yard shooting focuses on Aaron Alexis’ mental health issues not being discovered before the attack:
At various points during Alexis’ military service and subsequent employment as a cleared contractor — from the background investigation in 2007 to the disturbing behaviors he exhibited in the weeks leading up to the shooting — the review revealed missed opportunities for intervention that, had they been pursued, may have prevented the tragic result at the Washington Navy Yard.
The piece by John Lott at Investor’s Business Daily starts this way:
Unbelievably, some won’t even let police officers work for free. They object to them carrying guns when off-duty.
Gun-control advocates are so extremely fearful of guns, the NFL has banned off-duty police from carrying their guns inside stadiums. They really believe that the presence of guns, even those carried by off-duty police, pose an unacceptable danger.
Daniel J. Flynn’s interview with John Lott at Breitbart Sports starts this way:
An expert scholar on mass shootings labels the NFL’s edict banning off-duty cops from carrying weapons inside stadiums “completely crazy” and suggests the league may be unnecessarily exposing fans to dangers by transforming stadiums into gun-free zones.
“Banning off-duty law-enforcement officers from carrying seems completely crazy to me,” John Lott told Breitbart Sports.
An op-ed in the New York Times last Friday by Greg Hampikian (February 27), a biology professor at Boise State University, raised the standard fears about letting permitted concealed handguns on college campuses.
I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil.
The interview during the first hour of the Jim Bohannon Radio Show is
available here (10:05 to 11:00 PM EST, Tuesday, February 18, 2014).
For the original pieces that generated the discussion see here:
• Errors with Bloomberg on school gun shooting stats
• Errors with ABC News on the risks of having guns in the home