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.

2 Oct , 2017

Fox News: Gun control in Europe is almost total. It hasn’t stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Fox News on the responses to the attack in the Las Vegas.  In addition to 35 guns, the killer in this attack had explosives at his home and a large amount of ammonia nitrate in his car.  The piece starts this way:

Within hours of the horrible attack in Las Vegas, before we knew most of the relevant facts about the tragedy, gun control advocates were calling for more gun control.  

29 Sep , 2017

At The Hill newspaper: “The ugly truth behind Obama’s war on the Second Amendment”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Hill newspaper about the aftermath of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

Sometimes, when the government abuses its tremendous power to scapegoat someone, even proponents of government power find it to be too much.

Mike Weisser is a liberal who writes frequently for the Huffington Post in favor of gun control.

28 Sep , 2017

In the Detroit News: “Handgun permit holders boost safety”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed in the Detroit News on how incredibly law-abiding concealed handgun permit holders are. This piece looks at recent claims by public health researchers that those who have guns tend to drive more dangerously.  The piece starts this way:

Concealed handgun permit holders have long been known to be extremely law-abiding.

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26 Sep , 2017

At Fox News: “Trump effect hits the NFL — Teams with more protesters were more likely to lose”

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed at Fox News on the impact that protests against the National Anthem on how well the football teams did in the game.  The piece starts this way:

Sunday brought a lot of controversy, with numerous NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. But it was also an interesting day for football, with a lot of big upsets.

22 Sep , 2017

In The Hill: “Democrats should embrace FBI background check for voters and gun purchasers alike”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Hill

Background checks are required for so many things from getting a job to buying a gun. But despite legitimate concerns about voting by illegal aliens and felons, Democrats become outraged by the mention of checks for voting.

Last week, in testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, I suggested using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to screen for ineligible voters.

18 Sep , 2017

At The Hill: “Democrats must denounce the rise in harassment against Republicans”

Dr. John Lott has a new opinion piece at The Hill newspaper on the union-backed disruptions of congressional Republicans.  The title used by The Hill says “Democrats must denounce the rise in violence against Republicans,” but that isn’t exactly what the op-ed piece says.  The article starts this way:

As masked leftists use clubs to shut down free speech at Berkeley and elsewhere, Democrats have unfortunately been reticent to condemn the activity.

11 Sep , 2017

In the Chicago Tribune: “Apply background checks for gun purchases to voting”

Dr. John Lott has another op-ed in the Chicago Tribune based on part of the testimony that he will be giving on Tuesday morning to President’s Commission on Voter Integrity in New Hampshire.  The piece in the Tribune starts this way:

Republicans worry about vote fraud. Democrats claim that Republicans are just imagining things.

31 Aug , 2017

At Fox News: “Concussions occur in soccer and other sports, too — but yeah, let’s go after all-American football”

With all the commotion over Ed Cunningham’s resignation from ESPN, the media is solely focused on concussions in football.  While this involves legal violence, not crime, the piece still illustrates how media does a very poor job of informing people about what is happening.  The piece starts this way:

Did you know who Ed Cunningham is?