14 Nov , 2017

At The Hill: “It’s time for more parishioners to lock and load when they go to church”

With all the discussions of whether people should carry their permitted concealed handguns with them to church, Dr. John Lott has this new piece in The Hill newspaper.  The article starts this way:

There are simply too many targets for police to be able to guard everyone. And even when they are in the right place at the right time, an officer’s uniform is like a neon sign saying, “Shoot me first.”

It’s also not realistic to keep terrorists and criminals from getting weapons.

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12 Nov , 2017

At Fox News: Good guys with guns saving lives

With all the discussions about people having guns at churches for self-defense, Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News that details some of the cases where people have used permitted concealed handguns to stop mass public shootings:

Stephen Willeford’s heroic actions last Sunday saved many lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

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7 Nov , 2017

At NYDY:The federal background check system is a mess;why won’t Democrats and gun-control advocates press to fix it?

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the New York Daily News.  The piece starts this way:

Within hours of the slaughter of 26 people at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Democrats were calling for expanded background checks to cover the private transfers of guns. If they had waited a few hours, they would have learned that such a law wouldn’t have stopped the attack in Texas.

6 Nov , 2017

Fox News: Texas shooting: Liberal media fixates on laws that wouldn’t have stopped attack, ignores good guy with gun

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece up at Fox News on the reaction to the Texas church shooting. The piece starts this way:

Before knowing almost anything about Sunday’s mass public shooting, gun control advocates are once again calling for more gun control. The attack at the First Baptist Church in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, claimed 26 lives and left people with an understandable desire to “do something.” One thing is certain: the proposals put forward by gun control advocates wouldn’t have stopped this attack.

3 Nov , 2017

In The Hill: Background checks on Truck rentals? “The best way for New York to enhance public safety? More guns”

In a new piece in The Hill, Dr. John Lott discusses the debate over what will stop attacks with vehicles, such as the one this week in New York City.  With an attack that had been planned for over a year, the notion that you are going to be able to keep a killer like Sayfullo Saipov from renting a vehicle just isn’t serious.  …

27 Oct , 2017

In the Daily Caller: “Chicago’s Law-And-Order Policies Are Failing Catastrophically”

Dr. John Lott’s latest piece at the Daily Caller starts this way:

Angry that the federal government cut funding to Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) claimed the Trump administration is contributing to the city’s violence. “So far this year, 3,000 people have been injured by gunshot in the city of Chicago and over 500 have been killed,” Durbin angrily told Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a hearing last week.

21 Oct , 2017

At Fox News: “NFL kneeling protests based on false claims and misleading media reports”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Fox News that is based upon our research done by the CPRC on police shootings.  The piece starts as follow:

The NFL players kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in football stadiums across the country are engaging in protests based on false claims and misleading media reports that give the impression that police are killing African-Americans at a rate greater than they are killing whites.

8 Oct , 2017

At National Review: “The Gun-Ban Fetish: Banning guns invariably leads to an increase in the murder rate”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at National Review responding to Bret Stephen column in the New York Times that calls for repealing the Second Amendment.  His piece starts this way:

Is support for gun ownership and the Second Amendment a “fetish”? Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, sure thinks so.

5 Oct , 2017

In The Hill: “Background checks do not diminish crime rates, but can increase them”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at The Hill that discusses the huge push after the Las Vegas attack for background checks on private transfers.

After the horrific Las Vegas attack, it is understandable that people feel an urgent need for action. For Democrats that means pushing “universal” background checks, checks on any private transfer of a gun.

3 Oct , 2017

CPRC in the Dallas Morning News: “It’s already too late for gun control to work”

Dr. John Lott had a piece at the Dallas Morning New on Monday (the morning news had run this op-ed about a year ago, but decided it was timely enough to run again):

It seems obvious: Restrict gun access, and people will be safer.

Indeed, in all four presidential debates, Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine have pushed for background checks on private transfers of guns.