15 May , 2019

At Fox News: Gun controls backed by Dem presidential candidates would hurt poor and minorities

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at Fox News on what the new gun control regulations proposed by Democrats will mean for the poor and minorities. The piece starts this way:

Name a gun control regulation, and you’ll find Democratic presidential candidates who enthusiastically support it.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., promised Wednesday that if she becomes president she will use executive orders to mandate background checks on the private transfers of guns, revoke the licenses of gun makers and dealers whose guns are used in crimes, and ban the importation of many semi-automatic guns.

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1 May , 2019

If voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters, don’t similar rules prevent minorities from owning guns? Congressman uses CPRC research

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) asks panelists before the House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about what kinds of requirements disenfranchise voters. He goes on to point out that those restrictions already exist for gun purchases.

Not everyone liked Massie’s question about whether these restrictions prevent minorities from owning guns.…

24 Apr , 2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants it to cost $550 to own and carry a gun, up from $27

We have noted many times how Democrats want to prevent poor minorities from owning guns. Democrats are now making gun ownership even more expensive. The New York Times reports: “Having a gun in New Jersey could soon cost 20 times as much: Gov. Philip Murphy’s proposed fees — $550 to own and carry a gun, up from $27 — would be among the highest in the U.S.”

Though New Jersey has strict gun control laws, its firearms fees have not changed since the mid-1960s, making it a bargain for gun owners.

19 Mar , 2018

New Democrat legislation to hike the taxes on guns from 10% to 20% and the tax on ammunition from 11% to 50%

Democrats have long pushed for taxes and fees to prevent the poor and minorities from owning guns. The likely gubernatorial nominee for Illinois and U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) announced new legislation to increase federal excise taxes on shells and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent and an increase in taxes on the sale of pistols and revolvers from 10 percent to 20 percent.  …

13 Jul , 2017

Problems with discretion: Few Concealed Handgun Permits Given to Hispanics, Blacks, or Women in Los Angeles County

In 2013, LA Weekly obtained a list of the 341 concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles County, California.  That is only about 0.0045% of the 7.7 million adults living in the county in 2013.  As of January this year, there were only 226 permits, about 0.0029% of the adult population.  …

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8 May , 2017

In The Hill newspaper: “Democratic double standard on guns hurts the poor”

Dr. John Lott has started as a contributor for The Hill newspaper, which is read by members of Congress and their staff, though it has a somewhat broader audience.  Lott’s first piece is on the Democrats consistently pushing fees and taxes that make it difficult for poor people, particularly minorities, to buy guns for protection.  …

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4 May , 2017

In Texas state Senate and House, Only Democrats voted against lowering fees for permitted concealed handguns

UPDATED:  Democrats say that the support the poor, but when it come to letting the poor defend themselves, if it were up to Democrats in Texas, they would never have lowered the fees paid the state for permits.  In Texas only Democrats voted against reducing the fee to get a concealed handgun permit from $140 to $40.  …

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7 Mar , 2017

In the Hartford Courant: “Guns Only For The Rich In Connecticut”

Dr. John Lott has a piece in the Hartford Courant on Connecticut Governor Malloy’s push to raise the state’s concealed handgun permit fee from $140 to $370.

Why do Democrats, self-proclaimed champions of the poor, make it so difficult for poor people to defend themselves? Democrats oppose even free voter IDs as imposing too much of a burden on the poor, but when it comes to guns, they don’t hesitate to impose fees, expensive training requirements and onerous background checks.

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21 Oct , 2015

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Powerful ad illustrating that it is poor blacks, particularly women, who need guns the most for protection


John Lott’s research shows that there are two groups of people who benefit the most from owning guns: 1) poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas (people who are most likely to be victims of violent crime) and 2) people who are relatively weaker physically (women and the elderly).…

2 May , 2015

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CPRC at Investors Business Daily: The same people who want to disarm police also want to disarm poor blacks

John Lott’s newest piece at Investors Business Daily:

Police aren’t always there to protect people — not in Baltimore, not in Ferguson and not when the average person has to confront a criminal.

This is particularly true in the poorest sections of town. Even police with the best response times seldom arrive until after the crime has been committed and the assailant has run off.

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