From John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News:
Since 1991, murder and violent crime have plummeted in the U. S. But in a widely discussed op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “The New Nationwide Crime Wave,” Heather Mac Donald recently made a startling claim: “Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America.” She demonstrated this by citing murder rate increases in six cities.
In an article on the soaring murder rate in Baltimore, Fox News quoted John Lott as saying:
“In case people ever needed a reminder, the increase in Baltimore’s murder rate shows how important police are,” John Lott, president of Crime Prevention Research Centerand a Fox News contributor said. “As police are worried about being called criminals themselves, the sudden increase stands in sharp contrast to how murder rates are changing in the rest of the country.” .
John Lott talked to Steve Gruber at 6:45 AM on Tuesday, May 26th about the importance of police in reducing crime.
John Lott’s latest piece at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review starts this way:
False claims about police brutality are poisoning race relations.
This feeling of “unfairness,” as President Obama noted in his weekly address on May 16, is “fuel(ing) the kind of unrest that we’ve seen in places like Baltimore, Ferguson and New York.”
The riots it incites threaten people’s lives and destroy businesses.
Police are afraid if they arrest someone or confront a criminal something will go wrong — that the criminal will die or get hurt and the police officer will become the official criminal. From the Wall Street Journal:
The number of arrests has fallen here since Freddie Gray’s death put the police department under intense scrutiny, while violent crime has increased in a neighborhood rocked by riots hours after Mr.
The video here has the first four minutes of the seven minutes that John Lott was on the show.
Fox News has some detailed information here:
the White House said that effective immediately, the federal government will no longer fund or provide armored vehicles that run on a tracked system instead of wheels, weaponized aircraft or vehicles, firearms or ammunition of .50-caliber or higher, grenade launchers, bayonets or camouflage uniforms.
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.
The Washington Post has compiled a list of 511 police officers who have been killed by guns from 2000 to 2010. Information is available on shooting deaths at traffic stops (91), ambushes (43), arrests (29), domestic disturbances (75), serving papers (40), responding to a call (55), an investigation (44), and off duty (24). …
John Lott appeared on the Sean Hannity Radio Show from 5:06 to 5:20 PM on Monday, March 16th, 2015 to discuss the Obama administration’s claims about racism in Ferguson Police Department (audio available here).
John Lott’s piece in the New York Post starts this way (for those interested in reading the original DOJ report on Ferguson it is available here):
Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be “no longer endemic,” as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Department’s report on Ferguson shows that the “nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.”
Sorry: The Justice report doesn’t prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination.