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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17 Dec , 2018

At the Washington Times: The risks of a gun-free Capitol

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Washington Times about Democrats promising to ban Congressmen from being able to have guns on Capitol grounds. The piece starts this way:

Letting legislators bring guns onto the U.S. Capitol grounds or into their offices hasn’t been a problem for 242 years.

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21 Nov , 2018

In the Chicago Tribune: On comparing mass public shooting rates across countries and the danger of gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Chicago Tribune on our new updated research on comparing mass public shooting rates across countries. The research that this op-ed is based on is available here (please download it).  The piece in the Tribune starts this way:

“This doesn’t happen anywhere else on the planet,” said California’s Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

9 Nov , 2018

At the Washington Times: Is the right primarily responsible for violence?

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Washington Times on these claims that violence is primarily perpetrated by those on the political right. The piece starts this way:

The media is intent on blaming President Trump and Republicans for any violence. They accuse Republicans of stoking the violence and claim that “right-wingers” have been more violent than their counterparts on the left.…

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6 Nov , 2018

At the Daily Caller: The Mysterious Investigation Reporting of CNN’s KFile that Targets Republicans

If you care about media bias, here is a piece that Dr. John Lott had at the Daily Caller. It is actually republishing a piece that he had at Townhall, but there is quite a story behind that piece as Townhall quickly took it down after CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski complained. The beginning of the piece provides a preface for people to understand some of the background involved here.…

2 Nov , 2018

At the Daily Caller: The Media, Democrats were apoplectic about Trump’s response to Pittsburgh shooting

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Daily Caller on the biased media coverage about President Trump’s comments after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The piece starts this way:

The media and Democrats were apoplectic about President Trump’s comments after the horrific shooting attack at the Pittsburgh synagogue. For the most part, the media viewed his condolences as pitch-perfect.

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30 Oct , 2018

At the Daily Caller: Attacks on police do nothing by harm

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Daily Caller that addresses the comments by Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. It starts this way

Lots of Democrats are making it clear that they don’t trust the police. This past week, Andrew Gillum, Democrat gubernatorial nominee in Florida, claimed: “At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already have to go too far by their very presence.”

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Senate in Texas, created a ruckus when he described police as the “new Jim Crow.” Others, such as Vermont Independent Sen.

26 Oct , 2018

At Investor’s Business Daily: Airline Industry’s Struggles Show Why Obama-Era Regulation Is Still A Problem

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at Investor’s Business Daily on the continuing impact of Obama regulations.

Last week the United States was once again ranked as the world’s most competitive economy. It’s a distinction that we haven’t had since 2008, due in part to the regulatory nightmare created by President Obama.

25 Oct , 2018

At Real Clear Politics: The Problem With the FBI’s ‘Active Shooter’ Data

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at Real Clear Politics on errors in the FBI’s ‘Active Shooter’ data.

Many people are focusing on the political biases in the FBI’s treatment of the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns, but the political corruption of the agency goes deeper.  One can also see it in the FBI’s raw crime data, particularly when it comes to the public shootings that have so galvanized Americans.  

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22 Oct , 2018

At Townhall.com: On CNN’s KFile and the Cost of Media Bias

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com on the incredible media bias shown by CNN.

Andrew Kaczynski and the rest of CNN’s so-called KFile unit ought to count their reporting as direct campaign contributions to Democrats.

Last year, in falsely accusing Sheriff David Clarke and Monica Crowley of plagiarism when the Trump administration was considering them for positions, CNN quotes omitted the authors’ footnotes, which contained the source attributions.CNN had one sentence acknowledging Clarke’s footnotes, but they left out the references when they showed readers the quoted passages.