Saturday, 28 February


Obama team smears Netanyahu prior to speech [The Liberty Sphere]

Rarely has a sitting president expressed such disdain and unmitigated gall in dealing with an important and strategic ally as the Obama team in dealing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As soon as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, exercised his discretion to invite whoever he wishes to speak to a session of the House, Obama and his spokesmen not only blasted the Speaker but Netanyahu as well. The concerted effort by the Obama team to tarnish Netanyahu shows just how deep the hatred flows toward Netanyahu and Israel at a particularly dangerous time when Israel stands alone in a vast ocean of radicalized Islamic terrorists and when those very terrorists have set their sites on American soil.
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Greg Gutfeld gives a shoutout on The Five to my research [John Lott's Website]

The text of Gutfeld's monologue is available here. Greg's discussion about our work is at 4:35 into the video.

At about 3:00 into the video, Juan William claims that “half of killings are done by families,” it is completely wrong. In the latest year the data is available, 2013, if you add up murders involving Husband, Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, or Sister, you get a total of 1,419. That same year there were 12,253 murders. So rather than 50%, we are talking about 11.5%. If you include "other relatives," including up to cousins twice removed, you can get the percent up to 13.6%.

Juan’s claim has been something that gun control advocates have pushed to make people afraid of those that they know having guns. What people should really be worried about is relatives who have violent criminal records. 90% of adult murderers have an adult violent criminal record.

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Newest piece in the Pittsburg Tribune Review: Comments on FBI Director James Comey's recent speech on police and race [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece in the starts this way:
FBI Director James Comey's recent speech on police and race was about as politically incorrect a speech as you will get these days from a high-ranking government official. Comey acknowledges “the existence of unconscious (racial) bias,” but he doesn't think that racism is responsible for so many blacks being in jail.
Unlike President Obama, he doesn't see a need to change the way police are trained. Comey recognizes that there are real problems, but he believes they arise from drugs, underperforming schools and unemployment.
Comey's comments are at odds with what blacks are telling pollsters. Compared with other Americans, blacks were 29 percent more likely to primarily attribute the disproportionate imprisonment of blacks to racial discrimination. Blacks are much more likely to say that police treat blacks less fairly than whites. And blacks are also more likely to believe that the police are dishonest. . . .
There is actually strong evidence that blacks trust police at least as much as whites do. What people say and what they do are often very different. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Arkansas: Shall-Certify Legislation Introduced [NRA-ILA News]

House Bill 1488, introduced on February 26 by state Representative Tim Lemons (R-43), would require the chief law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction to certify the transfer or making of a firearm, as required by the National Firearms Act, within 15 days if the person is not prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm by law.


Firing Back Proposed bullet ban under attack from lawmakers [Gun News]

Lawmakers are firing back at a proposal by the Obama administration to ban one of the most common bullets used with the popular AR-15 rifle, with more than 100 members of Congress signing a letter opposing the move on ammo. Word of the proposal by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to ban .223 M855 "green tip" ammunition came out on Thursday and prompted an immediate backlash from sportsmen.


28 February: The anniversary of "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh's "finest hour." [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Having run out of ammunition, the ATF asked the Davidians if they could retreat. The Davidians held their fire and let them go.
Today is the day of the original raid in 1993.


Federal court rejects challenge to CA gun safety law [Gun News]

A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced. The ruling on Wednesday was a defeat for two gun rights groups that argued the Unsafe Handgun Act violated the constitutional right to bear arms.

Friday, 27 February


Shooting range land swap vote postponed [Gun News]

Dr. Richard Peddicord, one of the authors of a $25,000 environmental assessment report on the property, was scheduled to present to the council on Thursday night but was unable to make it to the Cape due to weather conditions. Peddicord, an expert on environmental issues affecting recreational, law enforcement and military shooting ranges, is based in Heathsville, Virginia.


Obama's Power Grab to Ban Ammo in Full Swing. Only YOU Can Stop Him! [NRA-ILA News]

In a familiarly troubling pattern, the Obama administration's wanton crusade against the Second Amendment marches on.  You must act NOW if we are to stop them in their tracks! In an attempt to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) is moving to ban a whole class of common rifle ammunition with a radical reinterpretation of a nearly 30-year-old law regulating so-called “armor piercing” ammunition. The BATFE’s new “Framework” would prohibit the manufacturing, importation, and sale of M855 ball ammunition, one of the most popular cartridges for the AR-15, the most popular rifle in America.  The Obama Administration's repeated attempts to outlaw the AR-15 and other firearms have been unsuccessful, so they're attempting to do what they see as the next best thing--ban one of the most popular types of ammunition the AR-15 uses.


Anti-gun Bigotry? There’s an App for That [NRA-ILA News]

In a story we first reported on in 2013, the makers of a cellphone application that purports to alert its users to the location of “dangerous guns and owners” continue to push the product. A 2015 version of the program developed at a lab run by the University of California San Diego is now in beta testing. Rather than provide any real service to its users, the Gun Geo Marker Mark 1 App appears to be little more than a thinly-veiled means to harass, and violate the privacy of, gun owners.


Bloomberg's Anti-Gun "Grassroots Movement" Explained? [NRA-ILA News]

Does Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety really have “two million members?” Is Moms Demand Action really “a powerful grassroots network of moms?” Or are these just front groups that consist of a handful of Bloomberg hirelings, pretending to represent more people than they do, to trick Americans into submitting to their fanatically-obsessed employer’s will?


Status of Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation [NRA-ILA News]

Last week, NRA updated you on the status of all NRA supported Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bills in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.  NRA fully supports efforts to require states to respect an individual’s right to self-defense no matter what state they are in.  Each bill saw an increase in cosponsorship this week.  Again, NRA urges you to please contact your elected officials, if he or she if not a current cosponsor, to support these important bills.


WAPO Columnist Argues 17-Year-Old With iPhone Proves Adults With Guns Are Dangerous [NRA-ILA News]

“Just imagine that my daughter’s iPhone was a gun.” You may immediately think that would be a preferable exchange for any college student facing an impending sexual assault. Yet the imaginary request comes via a recent article in The Washington Post titled “You think your drunk college-age daughters are bad with their iPhones? Imagine them with guns.”


Grandstanding Doctors and Lawyers Call for Gun Control [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, nine doctors and lawyers, claiming to represent their medical and legal organizations (and by extension, the members of their professions), strained their credibility and made fools of themselves with a call to action in favor of gun control.


ATF proposal on M855 ammo fuels fears of backdoor gun control [Gun News]

Today's New York Times front page has a headline story about how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has launched a not-so-subtle proposal to ban a certain .223-caliber cartridge; a controversy that has been burning across Internet blogs and caused Hornady Manufacturing to yesterday alert gun owners to write letters of opposition. Long story short: Second Amendment activists are convinced this is a backdoor effort by the not-so-lame duck Obama administration to push a gun control agenda that it cannot get through a Republican-controlled Congress.


Authorities to look into gun control laws after another shooting in South Korea [Gun News]

National Police Agency says it will now look into toughening gun control laws following three more gun-related murders this week by a second gunman. Police forensic teams examine the scene of a fatal shooting and arson attack at a convenience store in Sejong, South Korea.


Virginia: Report on Legislative Action for the Week of February 27 [NRA-ILA News]

Today is the final day of session for the Virginia General Assembly.


Elmer Fudd gets motivated on M855; Daily Kollectivist blames NRA pimping for ammo companies. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Elmer Fudd finds out about the M855 ban proposal.
Lawmakers won't be silenced over Obama administration's proposed ammo ban
Meanwhile the Daily Kollectivist gets upset: Law enforcement pushes ATF to ban armor-piercing bullet; NRA stokes paranoia and fear to boost sales.
I stopped by a couple of firearm emporiums today looking (unsuccessfully) for 7mm Mauser ammo and reloading components for .38 and .357s (also unsuccessfully) and noticed that the 5.56 was flying off the shelves at a prodigious rate. I asked one fellow who was buying the last case in one shop what kind of rifle he had. He told me, "We'll, I don't have one yet but I want the ammo for when I do." Yup, they've managed to scare the Fudds with this one.


West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Passes the Senate [NRA-ILA News]

In a critical step towards having permitless carry enacted into law, Senate Bill 347 passed the full Senate today by a 32 to 2 vote.


South Carolina: Pro-Gun Bills to be Heard in Subcommittee Next Week [NRA-ILA News]

On Thursday, March 5, the House Judiciary Committee’s General and Family Laws Subcommittee will hold a hearing with several pro-gun reforms on the schedule


NRA chief presses Congress on concealed-carry bill [NRA-ILA News]

The head of the nation’s biggest gun rights group urged Congress Friday to pass legislation to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.


Republicans start to renege on numerous promises [The Liberty Sphere]

No sooner had Republicans taken the oath of office this January after winning enough seats last November to take control of both the Senate and the House than the elitist leadership of the Party began to act as if they are not on the record pledging to make major changes to the direction set by Barack Obama and the Democrats six years ago. Polls show that a clear majority of voters want some major changes in course. But the Republican leadership, particularly in the Senate, appears to have already forgotten their promises -- with the exception of the Keystone Pipeline.
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Maryland: House and Senate Committees to Hold Gun Bill Days [NRA-ILA News]

On Tuesday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m., the Maryland House Judiciary Committee will be holding a public hearing where it will consider all of the firearm-related bills in the House.


Guns not way to fight campus sex assaults [Gun News]

Adrienne O'Reilly, Oklahoma director for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, carries an empty gun holster in 2011 in Stillwater. AP file photo The risk and response to campus sexual assault has been a hot topic not just at our nation's universities but on Capitol Hill as well.


Maine: “Constitutional Carry” Introduced in the Pinetree State [NRA-ILA News]

Today, Senator Eric Brakey (R-Androscoggin) introduced LD 652, “constitutional carry” legislation that would create a permitless carry exemption to allow a resident of Maine, who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, to carry concealed without obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).


Playin' that tired old race card -- again. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

In an exit interview, the attorney general says his critics may be partly driven by race.
Hell, I don't despise him because he's black, I despise him because he's a lying, murderous constitutional criminal.


Sign the Petition to Repeal the Ban on Sunday Hunting in Pennsylvania! [NRA-ILA News]

Each hunting season, sportsmen across America enjoy hunting seven days per week.  However, Pennsylvania is one of 11 states where hunting on Sunday is restricted or prohibited due to antiquated “blue laws” that have been on the books since the 19th century.


Macedonia passes ordinance banning shooting ranges, bans all shooting [Gun News]

Macedonia City Council eliminated an exemption that allowed shooting ranges on private property and restoring a total shooting ban throughout the city Thursday night with a 3-2 vote. The exemption had allowed homeowners with at least five acres to apply for an exemption to the city's shooting ban if they applied for a shooting range permit.


Move to Ban a Bullet Adds to Its Appeal [NRA-ILA News]

President Obama’s administration has proposed banning the manufacture and sale of one of the most popular bullets used in AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, a move that has enraged gun-rights advocates and caused a run on the ammunition at gun shops across the country.


Pennsylvania Capital Warned Of Steep Legal Fees For Gun Law Defense [NRA-ILA News]

A gun rights lawyer pressed the Harrisburg, Pa., mayor on Thursday to drop his defense of local firearm ordinances, saying Pennsylvania’s capital could be on the hook for hefty legal fees in a lawsuit enabled by a new Republican-backed state law.


Municipalities making changes to comply with new Pennsylvania gun law [NRA-ILA News]

A growing number of midstate municipalities are revising weapons-related ordinances due to a new state law that makes it easier for them to be sued by gun rights advocates.


Arkansas campus carry legislation advances [NRA-ILA News]

A bill to force public colleges and universities in Arkansas to allow staff and faculty to bring guns onto campus that was previously defeated found new life Thursday through the support of three Democrats.


South Korea: Shooting sparks call for stricter gun control [NRA-ILA News]

After a deadly shooting rampage Wednesday, concerns have been raised about the gun ownership laws.


Kansas: Permitless Carry Bill Passes Senate, Sent to House [NRA-ILA News]

Yesterday, Senate Bill 45 passed in the Kansas Senate by a 31 to 7 vote.  This permitless carry legislation will now be transmitted to the Kansas House of Representatives where it will be assigned to committee.


Goodlatte Slams ATF Proposal to Ban AR-15 Ammo [NRA-ILA News]

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte tonight slammed a proposal to ban certain ammunition. More than 100 congressmen have signed Goodlatte’s letter to the ATF director about the proposal. Goodlatte says many more will sign the letter before he sends it.


Sears lashes out at gun rights witness, then kills bill [Gun News]

Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, sounded the death knell for universal background checks this year, but not before ripping into a gun rights advocate Wednesday over public comments on the proposed legislation. The Senate Judiciary chair is known for his blunt style, but his actions became personal - and loud - when Sears began questioning Ed Cutler, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, about remarks Cutler made suggesting his group wouldn't comply with new gun laws - a quote some considered a veiled threat.


These brave folks deserve our support. If I can get there, I'll be going to the Liberty for All Rally next Friday in Spokane. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Our State, Our Rights: The Patriots Answer: Friday, 6 March, 11:00am - 2:00pm PST.
On 25 February 2015, Anthony Bosworth of Liberty for All was approached by Federal agents, under false pretenses and was arrested, detained for five hours in a steel cage without charges, denied Miranda rights, and access to an attorney, interrogated by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, and then released with a citation for "failure to comply", even though his civil rights were clearly violated at every turn.
His only action was that he was standing outside the federal courthouse at a 10th amendment rally, while legally openly carrying a firearm. The Feds have still not returned his firearms.
This is more than a violation against one citizen's civil liberties. It is a blatant overreach by federal authorities who treated a citizen and a combat veteran as though they were his master.
Bring your sidearms. Bring your long guns. This is a peaceful rally. But it is an armed one.
This rally is the Patriots' answer to a tyrannical and out of control government.
Their abuses will not stand. But we will.
We will not comply.
Groups sponsoring:
Liberty For All
Defend Amendment X


'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

More from Homan Square.
Take a gander at this guy:
The caption reads: "This man circled around a reporter and photographer for the Guardian twice while waiting for a local politician."


Colorado Pushes For Concealed Guns In K-12 Schools [Gun News]

Colorado educators take part in a concealed carry course in Englewood, Colo. on Nov. 8, open to all state school employees.

Thursday, 26 February


No training necessary to carry concealed guns? [Gun News]

So much for concealed-carry proponents' assurances a decade ago that permit holders would have to pass a background check and undergo eight hours of training. This week 31 Kansas senators said with their votes for Senate Bill 45 that they now see no need to vet or prepare adults before allowing them to carry concealed guns, and that Warren Theatres owner Bill Warren and other business leaders are wrong to worry that the bill may increase insurance rates or cause other problems.


NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre: CPAC 2015 [NRA-ILA News]

Wayne LaPierre addressed the crowd at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C.


Health professionals call for ac... [Gun News]

Leaders from the nation's top health professional organizations have issued a call to action on gun violence, co-signing an article published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


Pennsylvania capital warned of steep legal fees fo... [Gun News]

A gun rights lawyer pressed Harrisburg's mayor on Thursday to drop his defense of local firearm ordinances, saying Pennsylvania's capital could be on the hook for hefty legal fees in a lawsuit enabled by a new Republican-backed state law. Gun rights advocates have sued the financially distressed city challenging five local ordinances, with three of them thrown out on Wednesday by a Dauphin County judge who decided they were not permitted under state law.


District Court rejects challenge to CA "gun roster" law [Of Arms and the Law]

CalGuns Foundation link to the ruling is here. You can read the first few pages and know what the outcome will be. California seeks to ensure guns are safe, etc., etc., so only very safe guns are put on the roster ("Safe" means, for example, that the gun must have a loaded chamber indicator that somehow allows a new user to know whether the firearm is loaded without consulting the manual. Every loaded chamber indicator I know of assumes that you read the manual or had someone point it out to you, so at least you know what to look for).

The contrast comes at the very end, when the court has to deal with the fact that the statute exempts law enforcement personnel (including, as I recall, employees of prosecutors' offices). The court simply pronounces that police may have different needs for firearms than do non-police. But if the roster would truly about safety, the question must be, do police and prosecutors have a special need for unsafe guns?

One plaintiff had no right arm, and wanted a Glock with an ambidextrous magazine release. But while the Glock he wants is on the roster, California does not list it with an ambidextrous release, and considers that a different, and unlisted, firearm.


Doctors Join Forces With Lawyers To Reduce Firearms Deaths [Gun News]

Closing loopholes in background checks for gun purchases would reduce the risk of death and injury, doctors' and attorneys' groups say. Each year more than 32,000 people die in the United States as a result of suicides, homicides and accidents with firearms.


Gun lobby rolls House Education Commmittee for guns on college campuses [Gun News]

Rep. Charlie Collins accepted a tepid amendment to his bill to require colleges to allow staff members to carry concealed weapons on campus and it promptly was endorsed by the committee. The Committee had split 10-10 on partisan lines earlier and failed to approve the bill.


Guns-on-campus foe points to UALR prof shooting [Gun News]

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus has issued a news release pointing to the recent double murder/suicide ascribed to UALR faculty member James Wibanks as an illustration of the potential for problems in legislation to allow staff members to carry guns on campus. Rep. Charlie Collins is pushing against this session for legislation to force colleges to allow concealed carry permit holders on staff to carry weapons onto campus.


Say no to guns on college campuses [Gun News]

Jade Reindl is a student at Florida State University and an advocate for End Rape on Campus. Jean Cocco is the student body president at the University of South Florida.


Jim Bovard remembers Mike McNulty [Of Arms and the Law]

Posted here.

"One of the heroes of the Waco fights of the 1990s has passed away. Mike McNulty did more than any other single person to doggedly pursue the truth about Waco. And he produced or co-produced a number of superb films that vividly and compelling explained why the feds were lying about the carnage they unleashed in Texas. And he fed great information to me and other journalists - as well as sometimes impatiently pushing us forward, urging us to turn over more rocks."


League and University Presidents Urge Legislature: Don't Overturn Ban on Guns on Campus [Gun News]

In the wake of Monday's shooting at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, the League of Women Voters of Florida urges Florida's lawmakers to resist efforts to lift a ban on carrying concealed weapons on campus. "It is striking that unanimously, every one of Florida's university presidents and campus law enforcement agencies oppose the bill making its way through the Legislature, overturning the current ban, " said League president, Deirdre Macnab.

Wednesday, 25 February


From the regime of the guy who brought you the Fast & Furious conspiracy. That this is happening in Rahm Emanuel's Collectivist Paradise is no accident. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

From the collectivist paradise of Rahm Emanuel, the man in whose Obama White House office (as reported in these pages in early 2011) the Fast and Furious conspiracy was hatched, the man who proposed that the Clinton White House go after the militias in 1995 comes this lovely story: "Chicago Police Detain Americans At Black Site."
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:
Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
Shackling for prolonged periods.
Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
Herschel Smith observes:
One of the hallmark signs of evil, totalitarian societies is secrecy. Note that the Chicago police didn’t deny the place existed. On the contrary, they insisted that the place be kept secret from the balance of society so that they could continue with their illegal activities. Light scatters the darkness, and they desire the darkness rather than the light. They aren’t scared of being found out, they don’t fear the courts, prosecutors, the justice department, lawyers or anyone else. They have become a law unto themselves. They do what is right in their own eyes and dare anyone to try to stop them.
And note that it is a so-called “open secret” among attorneys that this place exists, this place where basic God-given rights are violated. This isn’t a trivial thing, so don’t look past this to the horror of such a place on American soil just yet. These attorneys are officers of the court. They are bound to obey the law and ensure that others do as well, and are obligated to report illegalities. They know the place and practices exist, and yet they do nothing about it.
The existence of this facility is an affront to God’s law, and thus constitutes cosmic treason against the most high. . .
In this case, the offending authorities are the local ones, but anyone who believes that the federal government would step in to ensure rights against illegal search and seizure is foolish.
Every law enforcement officer who knows about this illegal and immoral site and doesn’t shed light on its existence and practices may as well be a perpetrator of said practices. There are no guiltless parties, from the LEOs to the attorneys who keep this “open secret” to judges and city managers who allow it to happen. They will all be held accountable.
The U.S. has become a banana republic. It isn’t on the horizon somewhere, we don’t have actions we need to take to ensure that it doesn’t happen. It has already happened. It is past tense. Since this is cosmic crime against God’s law, it would be cosmic justice if this facility burned to the ground, every one of the LEOs who participated in these activities held to account, and every attorney and judge who knew of this facility disbarred and sent to prison.


FCC chair refuses to appear before Congress [The Liberty Sphere]

On the eve of the highly controversial attempt by Barack Obama and the Democrats to seize the Internet, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler flat-out refused to appear before Congress for questioning. Wheeler has also refused to provide information to Congress about the government takeover, demanding that Congress approve the proposal for the federal government to seize the Internet -- deceptively called "Internet neutrality" -- without knowing a thing about what they are approving.
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Tuesday, 24 February


Newest Fox News piece: Police are extremely Law-abiding, but concealed handgun permit holders are even more so [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
. . . Gun control advocates just can’t accept the fact that concealed handgun permit holders are incredibly law-abiding.  The New York Times’ recent attack on permit holders is typical.  It is filled with triple-counting of legitimate self-defense cases. Murders or suicides by permit holders are blamed on guns, even when no gun was involved.  In point of fact, permit holders are incredibly law-abiding.  Some new evidence puts things in perspective. 
Police are the single most important factor for reducing crime, but even police commit crimes on very rare occasions.  Even more law-abiding than police, however, are permit holders. 
According to a study in Police Quarterly, the period from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2007 saw an average of 703 crimes by police per year. 113 of these involved firearms violations.  This is likely to be an underestimate since not all police crimes receive media coverage. The authors of the study may also have missed some media reports. 
So how law-abiding are police?  With about 570,000 full-time police officers in the US at that time, that translates into about 124 crimes by police per hundred thousand officers.  For the US population as a whole over those years, the crime rate was 31 times higher -- 3,813 per hundred thousand people. 
Perhaps police crimes are underreported due to leniency from fellow officers, but the gap between police and the general citizenry is so vast that this couldn’t account for more than a small fraction of the difference. 
Concealed carry permit holders are even more law-abiding.  Between October 1, 1987 and January 31, 2015, Florida revoked 9,366 concealed handgun permits for misdemeanors or felonies. This is an annual rate of 12.5 per 100,000 permit holders -- a mere tenth of the rate at which officers commit misdemeanors and felonies. In Texas in 2012, the last year the data is available, 120 permit holders were convicted of misdemeanors or felonies – a rate of 20.5 per 100,000, still just a sixth of the rate for police. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Newest Chicago Tribune piece: "Take a gun to the mall" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at the Chicago Tribune starts this way:
Over the weekend Somali terrorists threatened to attack the Mall of America in Minnesota. They called for a massacre similar to the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed and injured scores of people. With the large Somali population in the Twin Cities area, the threat is hard to ignore. 
On Sunday, when asked a couple of times if Americans should still go to the mall, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson would only say: "I'm not telling people to not go to the mall."
Unfortunately, Americans have learned little from terrorist attacks like this. Mall of America officials think that by posting signs banning permitted concealed handguns that they are making the mall safer. They seem to believe that terrorists will obey these signs. 
Right after the Kenya attack, Ronald Noble, the secretary-general of Interpol, which is a world version of the FBI and headquartered in Lyon, France, noted two means of protecting people from mass shootings. "One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves (should be) so secure that in order to get into the soft target, you're going to have to pass through extraordinary security."
But Noble warned that his experience taught him that it was virtually impossible to stop killers from getting weapons and that "you can't have armed police forces everywhere." 
"It makes citizens question their views on gun control," he noted. "You have to ask yourself, 'Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past, with an evolving threat of terrorism?'" . . .
The rest of the piece is available here (sign-in required, but no fee is required).


Why are Republicans surrendering on amnesty? [The Liberty Sphere]

It is a betrayal that rivals anything seen in the history of U.S. politics. During the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans running for Senate and House seats vowed that if given a chance they would stop the lawless assault on our nation from the southern border and force Barack Obama to obey immigration law.
But today word has come from the Senate that the chamber is ready to cry surrender on the issue.
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Supreme Court argument in Henderson [Of Arms and the Law]

The government's "constructive possession claim didn't get very far. The government had been contending that designating to whom the firearms could be transferred was "control," and hence exercising illegal "possession." Then before argument they conceded that Henderson could transfer them to a licensed dealer. Looks like they didn't prepare for "if his transfer to a dealer isn't possession, how can his transfer to a nondealer be possession? There's no difference in terms of exercising control"?

Monday, 23 February


HSUS loses charity rating [Of Arms and the Law]

Charity Navigator just revoked their rating and put a "donor advisory" alert in its place. This comes in the wake of a $15 million payout to settle an extortion and bribery suit, and moving $26 million to offshore accounts.


Retired General says U.S. will be hit, not if but when [The Liberty Sphere]

A retired U.S. military General told news sources last week that it is a foregone conclusion that the United States will be hit by a major terrorist attack in the near future and that the question is not if but when. 
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Sunday, 22 February


RIP Mike McNulty [Of Arms and the Law]

I just heard, know no details.

Mike produced "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" and directed "The FLIR Project" and "Waco: A New Revelation." Back in '93, he and I forced reopening of the Waco issue, which led to appointment of an independent counsel (who spent a lot of money, prosecuted the one honest guy on the government side, and did little else). The third member of the group (I can't call it a team, since we had no organization) was Gordon Novel, who died last year. (If a dictionary wanted an illustration for the term "enigmatic," they would have used Gordon's picture).

UPDATE: it was a heart attack. Dang, Mike was SO dedicated a man. Here's a memorial page for Mike. Funeral is 11 AM Thursday, at the LDS stake center at 3800 Mountain Lion Dr., Loveland, CO.

Friday, 20 February


Appearance on the Steve Malzberg Show: How guns help stop terrorism and the New York Times makes embarrassing mistakes [John Lott's Website]

I was on the Steve Malzberg TV show on NewsMaxTV today.  The video of the show is available here.
Founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of "More Guns, Less Crime" joins Steve to discuss how guns are helping to stop terrorists and how The New York Times is making up anti-gun information as well as whether or not the ATF is trying to neuter certain ammunitions in the U.S.


Pharmacist uses permitted concealed handgun to defend a store full of workers and customers [John Lott's Website]

From WCHS ABC TV in Kanawha County, West Virginia on Thursday, February 19th:
. . . Eight people were inside the pharmacy in Pinch when the suspect came through the door about 9:45 a.m.
Kanawha deputies said the man, identified by Kanawha deputies as Terry Gillenwater, 25, of Quick, was wearing a mask over his face. He stood in line for a few moments before producing a handgun and pointing it directly at the counter workers.
Radcliff said he was standing just a few feet away. He drew his own weapon, firing three times, hitting the suspect twice and one shot actually hit the man's gun as he was aiming to fire back.
On Thursday, he is back on the job, shaken, but trying to move forward. . . .
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Samantha Power behind Mideast debacle [The Liberty Sphere]

All over the Middle East turmoil involving radical Islamic terrorists has set the region ablaze. The U.S. has lost much of the territory we seized from barbarians with the blood of young men and women. If ISIS continues its march then every single victory for which Americans gave their very lives will have been n vain.
Click here to continue reading.


Catching up [The Liberty Sphere]

Gonna try to catch up on my writing in the next week or so. I have to tell you I did not expect or even suspect the protracted roadblocks in my way here, not the least of which has been my computer woes. Still trying to get that worked out with a minimum of expense and hassle. But we shall see. There will be, however, a new post from me at the Examiner today, Lord willing.

Thursday, 19 February


Supreme Court argument approaching [Of Arms and the Law]

Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Henderson v. United States, describing in this SCOTUSblog post. Henderson surrendered his firearms to the government, as one of his conditions of release. He was later convicted of a felony, and thus could not "possess" firearms. He requested to be allowed to sell or transfer his firearms to others, who could legally have them. The government refused, arguing that one aspect of possession is control, and for him to designate who the firearms went to would be for him to exercise control. In other terms, he "constructively possessed" ("constructive" here derived from "construe") if he tried to transfer them, even if they were locked away in an evidence locker and inaccessible to him. Looks like Second Amendment issues are raised, as well.

I'd rate the government's position as very weak. If you cannot lay hands on something, you don't really possess it; you may own it, but you don't possess it. By that standard, a person could be convicted in New York for possessing an unregistered handgun, based on his owning one that is in Arizona. Also it has a practical problem. Henderson owns his firearms; the government does not. The government, it would seem, is bound to keep them through all eternity for him. It can't destroy them without depriving him of property without due process of law. It can't forfeit them: they were involved in no violation of the Gun Control Act. At the time he surrendered them, he was a legal possessor (a person under felony indictment can continue to possess the firearms he has, though he cannot "receive" additional ones). The government is setting itself up for a loss, and probably by a big margin (which means a quick ruling; the Court disposes of 9-0s and 8-1s pretty quickly, and saves the 5-4s for the end of the Term in the late spring).


Recovering attorneys' fees in Federal forfeiture cases [Of Arms and the Law]

By pure luck, I came across this, a provision allowing recovery of attorneys' fees in forfeiture cases. It ought to be of great use in gun forfeiture cases at the Federal level.

28 USC §2465(b) provides:

"(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), in any civil proceeding to forfeit property under any provision of Federal law in which the claimant substantially prevails, the United States shall be liable for--

(A) reasonable attorney fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred by the claimant;

(B) post-judgment interest, as set forth in section 1961 of this title; and

(C) in cases involving currency, other negotiable instruments, or the proceeds of an interlocutory sale--
(i) interest actually paid to the United States from the date of seizure or arrest of the property that resulted from the investment of the property in an interest-bearing account or instrument; and
(ii) an imputed amount of interest that such currency, instruments, or proceeds would have earned at the rate applicable to the 30-day Treasury Bill, for any period during which no interest was paid (not including any period when the property reasonably was in use as evidence in an official proceeding or in conducting scientific tests for the purpose of collecting evidence), commencing 15 days after the property was seized by a Federal law enforcement agency, or was turned over to a Federal law enforcement agency by a State or local law enforcement agency."

The exceptions in (2) cover forfeiture of intangible rights, claimants who were convicted of the offense, and situations where multiple persons are claiming the same property. So it appears that, as a general rule, a prevailing claimant can recover attorneys' fees in a gun forfeiture case.


Newest piece at Fox News: "Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric" [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News on the New York Times reporting the latest Violence Policy Center claims starts this way:
People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another.
In fact, contrary to the rhetoric by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never use their guns to commit violent crimes.
Last Wednesday, The New York Times claimed “there should be no disputing” a new report, which claims there were 722 gun deaths nationwide from May 2007 to February 2015 that were not self-defense. The Times asserts: “The full death toll attributable to concealed carry is undoubtedly larger.”
The Times was too quick to trust the Violence Policy Center report.  A cursory Google search would have shown the Violence Policy Center has a history of making up numbers.
The VPC keeps a record of permit holder abuses in each state. Take the claimed worst state, Michigan. The VPC cites state police and media reports indicating that permit holders committed 277 suicides or murders during the period from 2007 through 2015 (217 suicides and 60 murders). If accurate, a 38 percent share of all 722 deaths nationwide that the VPC attributed to permitted concealed handguns occurred in Michigan.
But suicides are not in any meaningful way linked to the act of carrying a permitted concealed handgun . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.
UPDATE: AWR Hawkins extensively discusses of our analysis at  His discussion starts this way:
The Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott explains that the VPC study is written in a way that heightens crime numbers among concealed carry permit holders by lumping suicides and murders together in the states studied. . . .

Tuesday, 17 February


Leading anti-gun attorney arrested after airport security found handgun in carry-on bag [John Lott's Website]

His explanation for why he has a gun in his carry-on bag seems very credible.  It is interesting that he appears to have been in the process of getting a concealed handgun permit.  From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A prominent Cleveland civil rights attorney was arrested Saturday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in connection with carrying a concealed weapon. 
David Malik was arrested about 4:15 p.m. after airport security found an unloaded .22 caliber handgun and a box of ammunition in his carry-on bag, records show. 
"I participated in a target shooting class recently with a certified CCW instructor and I simply forgot to remove it from my bag," Malik said in a statement. "I used the bag to pack for my trip. It was a stupid mistake." 
Malik spent Saturday night in jail and was released on bond Sunday morning, according to Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.  
He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Cleveland Municipal Court. 
"What's interesting about David is he is such an anti-gun person," Loomis said.  . . .
UPDATE:  From today.  He seems to be agreeing that he accidentally carried the gun in his carry-on bad, so it isn't clear why he is pleading not guilty.  From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
A prominent civil rights attorney based in Cleveland pleaded not guilty to a felony gun charge Tuesday after police said he brought a gun and ammunition in a carry-on bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Saturday. . . .  

Monday, 16 February


Help the person helping run Students for Concealed Carry replace her laptop [John Lott's Website]

I met Crayle Vanest this past summer at the Students for Concealed Carry convention in August.  She was extremely important in getting the convention going and she is still working to get the organization going.  In any case, her laptop broke and she is trying to get people to help her replace it.  You can go here to help.


So how cold have the last couple of winters been?: One measure looking at the percent of the Great Lakes that are frozen over [John Lott's Website]

(Click on figure to enlarge.)

The percent of the Great Lakes that have frozen over provides one measure of how consistently cold the winter has been.  The Great Lakes also cover a very large area of North America so colder temperatures in just Chicago won't get you into the 80 or 90 percent range of the lakes that are frozen over.  The NOAA data used in the top graph only go back to 2009 (which is very similar to 2010).

Currently, the percent of the Great Lakes that are frozen over is the second highest this decade.  The new blast of arctic air headed down this week will surely increase the percent of the Great Lakes frozen above 80 percent and is likely to put the percent frozen over the level in 2014.

Sunday, 15 February


BATFE moves to ban SS109/M855 .223 ammo [Of Arms and the Law]

M855 is the current military issue, and so comprises the "surplus" ammo market in 5.56 NATO. BATFE originally classed it as suitable for "sporting purposes" and thus exempt from the AP ban. It now proposes to reverse this and ban production for the civilian market. The official reasons given largely hinge on the development of AR-15 platform handguns.

Here's background on the issue and here's BATF's explanation of its reasoning.

Comments are open until March 15. They can be emailed to APAComments@atf.govor faxed to (202) 648-9741.

I have some trouble understanding how the M855 fits the statutory definition of AP ammo. It has a two-part core, with a steel penetrator in front and a lead core behind it, under the standard copper-alloy jacket. The statute provides:

"(B) The term "armor piercing ammunition" means--

(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium; or

(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile."

(i) doesn't seem to fit: the neither the projectile nor its core are "constructed entirely" of any of the metals named. The M855 core is lead and steel, not just steel.

(ii) doesn't fit either: the M855 isn't designed or intended for use in a handgun, its jacket is less than 25% of the weight of the projectile, and it's debatable whether .223 can be called "larger than .22 caliber." (if the bore is expressed in hundredth of an inch, as here, the larger next step would be .23 caliber).


If all the Democrats who previously voted for Concealed Carry Reciprocity vote for it again, it would be one vote short in the Senate [John Lott's Website]

In 2013, Senator Cornyn's Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill received 57 votes, three short of the 60 it needed for passage.  Thirteen Democrats voted for it, though seven of them have been defeated.  With 53 Republican votes (assuming that all the new Republicans vote "yes" and Mark Kirk from Illinois continues to vote "no"), that would give 59 votes for the bill.  Can the bill pick up Kirk or one more Democrat? The only new Democrat is Gary Peters for Michigan, but he seems to be a very unlikely vote.

The votes in 2013 are shown below.

Saturday, 14 February


Is "Fifty Shades of Grey" a chick flick?: Female movie reviewers much more likely to like this movie then men [John Lott's Website]

Among top critics the breakdown on Rotten Tomatoes

Men -- 4 positive out of 23 reviews -- 17% positive
Females - 9 positive out of 20 reviews -- 45% positive

A 28 percentage point difference is pretty large.

Friday, 13 February


THIS outrage is perhaps the worst yet [The Liberty Sphere]

This makes me sick to my stomach. Read it all.

Within the outrage created by Barack Obama's executive order granting what amounts to amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, at least two more Obama initiatives have created furor with regard to immigration policy. 
Click here to continue.

Thursday, 12 February


Link [The Liberty Sphere]

...When CBS News' top foreign correspondent Lara Logan was attacked, degraded, and raped by radical Muslim extremists in Cairo while on assignment, the network underplayed the incident and even claimed several items that skirted the truth. When Logan blasted the network for failing to express outrage over her treatment at the hands of Islamic extremists, she suddenly disappeared from the air...
 Click here to read the whole thing.


Do not worry about me... [The Liberty Sphere]

...that is, assuming you have been worried. Things happen, and I am trying to fix things to the point that these lengthy absences do not happen. Naturally, I continue to need your prayers in my struggles with various illnesses described here every now and then.

One of my problems has been an ornery, obsolete, and stubborn machine -- what is laughingly called a "computer." It's a heap. It has never worked right since I first brought it home new, which has been true about well over half of the computers I have bought.

In the midst of my illness, I noted that readership for my articles at Examiner dropped to abysmal levels. I got so frustrated that I threw up my hands and said, "What's the use!!??"

But I am too stubborn to quit. I will begin writing again at Examiner, and I will get a computer that is much more reliable and easier to use (probably a Linus built and a Linus operating system).

I hope somebody in my readership base is still out there.

Wednesday, 11 February


Ban on FFL handguns sales to nonresidents struck down! [Of Arms and the Law]

Mance v. Holder, opinion in pdf. US District Court for the Northern District of Texas holds that the ban is unconstitutional on its face and as applied. A resident of Washington, DC (which now allows handgun in the home, if registered) wanted to buy a handgun from a Texas FFL, because there's only one FFL in DC and he charges $125 to do the paperwork. The seller had standing to sue in Texas, since would otherwise lose the sale. The court holds that the GCA prohibition on the sale fails strict scrutiny, and also intermediate scrutiny, and enjoins enforcement of the restriction. Another win for the industrious Alan Gura!

UPDATE: it's not clear to me how the ruling applies geographically. Clearly it applies in the Northern District of Texas. But it orders the Attorney General (any by extension anyone working under him) to stop enforcing the requirement, so may apply anywhere: if he enforced it in Maine or in Washington, he'd have violated the injunction, and could be held in contempt by the Texas court. Citizens' Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was an organizational plaintiff (the court cites to it without the first word in its name), suing on behalf of its members, so the ruling would protect, at the very least, its members.

FURTHER UPDATE: the court's ruling is limited to purchases from an FFL. The gov't was citing problems that led to enactment of the interstate ban (felons from DC buying in Maryland) and the court notes the gov't can't come up with any more recent accounts. It probably had in mind the background check requirement for FFL purchases.

Tuesday, 10 February


Woman with handgun saves the life of her boyfriend after attacker slashes his throat [John Lott's Website]

From Fox News about an attack on January 17th in Racine County, Wisconsin:
. . . Dale Parker and his girlfriend Danell Hintz know first hand that guns can and do save lives. In the dark of the night on January 17, Parker awoke to the sight of a man standing over him with a knife. The former Marine couldn't do much from his position in bed, but began to fight the vicious intruder right away. 
“I automatically sprung up and started fighting the guy right off the bat. It was fight or die,” 57 year old Parker said. Having served in the Marines and working in an auto shop made him both trained in combat fighting and strong to fend off the attack, but he believes Hintz' actions that night ultimately saved his life. 
A year earlier, Danell Hintz applied for a Concealed Carry Permit and with it, received the proper training to handle the firearm per the Wisconsin DOJ Concealed Weapons License requirements. At first, she woke thinking Parker was having a nightmare, but after realizing he was under attack, she immediately reached for the handgun on her nightstand. 
“I didn’t think I just grabbed the gun,” Hintz said. She pointed the firearm at the intruder, but Parker was in her way, still fending off the attack and bleeding profusely from the large gash across his throat. . . .

Monday, 09 February


Talks that I will giving this week [John Lott's Website]

1) St. Thomas University School of Law (Miami, Florida): Gun Control Laws in America: Do They Work? Speakers: John R. Lott Jr. and TBD Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Noon Location: Moot Court Room.
2) Kennesaw State University (Kennesaw, Georgia):
a) Wednesday, February 11, from 12:30 to 1:45 PM: “Why Criminals and Terrorists like Gun Bans,” Burruss Building, room 105
b) Wednesday, February 11, from 3:30 to 4:45 PM: “An Introduction to Law and Economics,” Burruss Building, room 151
3) Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri): Thursday, February 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, John Lott and Paul Helmke will be debating on whether or not America has the proper regulations over firearms. They will discuss how guns come into play with small violations to mass murders.
Lott was just in Albany, New York speaking this past Sunday.


Rosa Parks' Experience with Firearms [Of Arms and the Law]

The Washington Post, no less, discusses Park's private papers and what they tell about guns.

"When Rosa Parks was a little girl in rural Alabama, she would stay up at night, keeping watch with her grandfather as he stood guard with a shotgun against marauding members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Klansmen often terrorized black communities in the early 1900s, and Parks's grandfather, Sylvester Edwards, the son of a white plantation owner, had their house boarded up for protection.

But Parks longed for a showdown.

"I wanted to see him kill a Ku-Kluxer," the renowned civil rights leader wrote in a brief biographical sketch years later. "He declared that the first to invade our home would surely die.""
. . . . .
"Adrienne Cannon, an African American history and culture specialist at the library, said parts of the handwritten sketch do not appear in her published autobiography, "Rosa Parks: My Story."

The book is Parks's "public image," Cannon said.

The sketch is "Rosa with her hair down," she said. "She's 6 years old . . . waiting for Grandpa to kill a Ku-Kluxer. This is the real deal. This tells you how she had the strength and determination to do what she did.""

The difference between her private notes and her public autobio reinforces what Nick Johnson relates in his book Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms": for most of the civil rights period, those involved used firearms unabashedly. Very late in the process, the leadership of civil rights groups became concerned that groups like the Black Panthers were damaging their brand, and so swept all that under the carpet.


Bloomberg for once shows candor [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. Original story here.

"Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25. Cities need to get guns out of this group's hands and keep them alive, he said."

A narrower version of the Black Codes, in other words. Of course, no government can "get guns out of this group's hands." All it can do is arrest and imprison people within that group who possess firearms (whether for self-defense or for crime). In an article which I've written, I explore studies of social relationships within extremely high crime areas (as in ten times the national homicide rate) that conclude that, even in those areas, lethal violence is confined to a tiny part of the population; 98-99% of the population isn't interested in killing anyone, tho they may be in keeping themselves alive.

Bloomberg, who travels protected by armed guards, doesn't see the difference between his position here and what he says earlier in the article: "It's always the poor that get screwed."

Saturday, 07 February


Netanyahu notified Obama before he agreed to speak to the House, Obama adm did not object, now they want to claim that Netanyahu bypassed Obama [John Lott's Website]

This is pretty amazing bias by the Obama administration to create a story merely to try to hurt Netanyahu politically.  From the Times of Israel:
Read this correction , from The New York Time’s own website.
Correction: January 30, 2015
An earlier version of this article misstatedwhen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before. 

Friday, 06 February


New piece in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Patriot News: "As a court takes up Harrisburg's gun ordinance, here are some important things to remember" [John Lott's Website]

There was a trial court hearing in Harrisburg this morning on whether a preliminary injunction should be granted in a suit to force Harrisburg to follow state firearm laws.  The hearing went well with Justin McShane, a lawyer in Harrisburg one of the plaintiffs arguing the case for his side.  John Lott was an expert for the plaintiffs who brought the suit, though in the end his testimony wasn't necessary.  In connection with the hearing, John Lott wrote a piece in the Harrisburg Patriot News (Pennsylvania's Capitol).  The piece starts this way:
For 40 years, Pennsylvania law was clear: "No county, municipality, or township may in any manner regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components."
Many local governments, however, decided that the rules didn't apply to them.
Today, a trial court hears the first case -- a suit against Harrisburg -- regarding this violation of state law.
The case will likely have implications for gun control laws in Philadelphia and the rest of the state and determine whether local governments must follow state laws.
Last year, the state legislature took a leaf out of the Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement book.  Just as individuals can sue companies that illegally pollute waterways, Pennsylvanians can now sue local governments for disobeying state laws.
Under Act 192, citizens can challenge a local gun law even if they are not personally affected by it.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, a Democrat, has been extremely selective in choosing which state restrictions to enforce against local governments.
She won't be defending Act 192 in court.
Letting Pennsylvanians sue holds local governments accountable. But isn't challenging local gun regulations different from enforcing EPA regulations?  No, both involve people's lives and safety being at stake.. . .
The rest of the article is available here.


Pennsylvania town posts signs: "This is not a gun free zone" [John Lott's Website]

This is not a gun free zone sign
Conoy Township has only a little over 3,000 people, but they may be getting some unusual attention.  From Lancaster, Pennsylvania's LNP:
Conoy Township has a message for criminals who might be thinking about preying on its residents: This is not a gun-free zone.
And that’s exactly what visitors will see once all the signs are securely in place along every road leading into the township. . . .
Mohr said he came up with the idea and township supervisors unanimously approved the decision to create and post the signs last fall.
“Over the last six months we’ve seen more and more home invasions and petty crime, so we thought these signs would show people we take pride in what we own,” he said. . . .

Wednesday, 04 February


A big hidden cost of owning a Tesla, the cost of repairing a lightweight aluminum body [John Lott's Website]

The Telsa's nearly all-aluminum frame and body panels make repair work on even a minor fender-bender difficult and very expensive.  From The Truth About Cars:
  • $45,000 for “minor front-end damage”
  • $7,000 for repair of a small dent and scratch that required no replacement of parts
  • $30,000 for “minor fender and door damage”
  • $11,000 for a minor scrape on the rear panel, including a $155 charge to “ensure battery remains charged” during the repair


Podcast on NRA suits against PA cities [Of Arms and the Law]

Right here. It features Jonathan Goldstein, attorney for the good guys, and Shira Goodman, director of a Bloomberg subsidiary, excuse me, of CeasefirrePa.

Tuesday, 03 February


Legal concealed carrier attacked by bystander [Of Arms and the Law]

Story, with video, here. A Florida man with a CCW carry permit walks into a Walmart. Some guy sees him holster the gun in the parking lot, and tackles him, apparently trying for a chokehold. (Reports have it that in the fight the carrier said to him "I have a permit!") The legal carrier was black; not clear whether that mattered, but if it had been me I doubt he would have decided it was time to try to go for it. Clue: if the guy has a holster and a salt-and-pepper beard, he is probably not a risk). Good ending: police charged the attacker with battery.


Elderly black man kills intruder who breaks into his home, relatives of criminal upset that criminal wasn't given sufficient warning before being shot [John Lott's Website]

The relatives of the criminal are upset that he wasn't given sufficient warning.  Put aside that the relatives are speaking out before they even have a clue whether a warning was actually given, it is strange that they put the blame on the elderly black man who was defending himself.  Possibly a warning was given, though if a criminal is in your home at night, someone who might only be feet away, the warning is that the criminal should know that he should be in someone else’s house.

From Dallas News |
An elderly man shot and killed a would-be burglar inside his Oak Cliff home. 
Police say the homeowner saw Deyfon Pipkins, 33, trying to climb into the window and fired his weapon at least once at the intruder. . . . .
"It means they don't actually have to retreat once someone comes in their home," Sergeant Calvin Johnson, Dallas Police Department, said. "You have the option of using deadly force if you believe your life is in danger."
After police notified relatives of Pipkins' death, some showed up at the house. They were upset, and questioned the homeowner's actions.
"He could have used a warning," Lakesha Thompson, Pipkins' sister-in-law, said. "He could have let him know that he did have a gun on his property and he would use it in self-defense."
Pipkins had a lengthy criminal record. . . .

Saturday, 31 January


Two burglars were thwarted by a University of Central Florida student with a gun [John Lott's Website]

Students also benefit from the option to protect themselves.  In the video available here, the male student describes how one of the burglars pointed a gun (what turned out to be a pellet gun) at point blank range right at the student's head.  From in Orlando, Florida:
. . . Deputies said the culprits barged into the student's apartment after knocking on the door at the Village at Alafaya Club Tuesday night. 
One of the residents answered the door and was forced to the ground at gunpoint as the men ransacked the apartment, investigators said. 
"He grabbed me by the throat. He took me a little further into the living room and pushed me down and said, 'Don't move. Just stay down,'" UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said. "They didn't realize my girlfriend was in her room and thank God she was in her room. I yelled, 'Hey, grab the gun.'" 
The second victim, Sable Nehme, ran to her bedroom, retrieved her gun and pointed it at the culprits, deputies said. . . .
Two quotes that do a good job of describing how
Intended victim Sable Nehme: "when he saw the gun, he turned right back around, darted out and both of them fled the apartment" 
Intended victim UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said : "If we didn't have a gun, it would have been game over. They were bigger than me, bigger than both of us. We had no way of stopping them. The gun was the one thing that made them run."
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Friday, 30 January


Paper on the politicization of the FBI forthcoming in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today, May 2015 [John Lott's Website]

The abstract     
An FBI report released on September 16th, 2014 makes the assertion that active shooter attacks and deaths have increased dramatically since 2000 – both increasing at an annual rate of about 16 percent. As the headline in the Wall Street Journal stated: “Mass Shootings on the Rise, FBI says.” 
But the FBI made a number of subtle and misleading decisions as well as outright errors. Once these biases and mistakes are fixed, the annual growth rate in homicides is cut in half. When a longer period of time is examined (1977 through the first half of 2014), deaths from Mass Public Shootings show only a slight, statistically insignificant, increase – an annual increase of less than one percent. 
The FBI’s misleadingly includes cases that aren’t mass shootings – cases where no one or only one person was killed in a public place. While the FBI assures people that it “captured the vast majority of incidents falling within the search criteria,” their report missed 20 shootings where at least two people were killed in a public place. Most of these missing cases took place early on, biasing their results towards showing an increase.
The paper can be downloaded here

Thursday, 29 January


Link [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Terrorists can strike anywhere and at any time, giving them a huge strategic advantage.Unfortunately, too many politicians around the world are refusing to admit this.
After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris earlier this month, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country.  Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be very effective. 
Israel learned this lesson the hard way. For several decades after its founding, Israel responded by putting more soldiers and armed police on the streets. Unfortunately, a mass killer can wait for officers to leave the scene or to kill the uniformed officers first. No matter how much money Israel spent, terrorists could wait patiently until they see an opening to attack. 
Today, in Israel, over 12 percent of adult Jewish civilians are licensed to carry firearms.  This complicates things for terrorists, as they don’t know who might be able to stop them. 
Possibly this lesson is why this past week a leading European rabbi, Menachem Margolin, called for European Jews to be able to carry handguns.  Of course, in countries that won’t even let off-duty police carry guns, that isn’t going to happen. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.


Iowa's concealed handgun permits soar 450 percent since 2010 [John Lott's Website]

From an article at Fox News:
In 2010, Iowa's numbers were just shy of 40,000, but according to data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, last year the number crested 220,000. In 2011 alone, the number of permits issued in the state more than doubled. 
Nationally, a report by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that between 2007 and 2014 found there was a 127-percent increase in gun permit holders in America. However, in the same time period, Iowa saw over 400 percent growth in permit holders. Ross Loder, the bureau chief of the weapons permits division of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, says is likely due to a change in state gun permit laws. . . .

Wednesday, 28 January


Obama snub of Netanyahu continues [The Liberty Sphere]

From the very beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama has engaged in one snub after another against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The first phone call Obama made as president was to Palestine Liberation Organization head, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. This honor did not go to Great Britain or Israel, two of our closest allies in the world.
Click here to continue...

Tuesday, 27 January


Yet another example of why it can pay to be able to fire many bullets in self defense [John Lott's Website]

Here is a homeowner who faced to armed men breaking into his home at 12:30 AM.  A total of 30 shots were fired.  Limiting this homeowner to 7 or 10 shots might have been the difference between life and death.  As I have pointed out before, this type of case is not that uncommon.  From KHOU in Houston, Texas:
. . . The homeowner told authorities he was sleeping when two men kicked in his front door. 
According to investigators, the homeowner grabbed his pistol and began firing shots at the criminals from the top of the stairs. 
"It's our understanding he was quite scared and terrified, in fear of his life. He discharged his weapon, and as they retreated, they shot back," said Assistant Chief Mark Herman with Harris County Precinct 4. 
The men reportedly fired repeatedly at the homeowner before they fled in a 2015 Dodge pickup. 
Deputies said no one was hurt, despite more than two dozen shots being unloaded. 
"I don't know what to expect next," said neighbor Dale Bahn. "There's a lot of people that have guns in their homes. In this area, there are several gun owners and a gun club." . . .


Masked gunman fatally shot as he tried breaking into home at midnight [John Lott's Website]

The masked, armed, home invader here apparently was suspected in another murder.  Fortunately, the home owner was able to protect himself after he was shot.  From Chester, Pennsylvania (the Delaware County Daily Times):
Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man late Sunday during a confrontation in which he is believed to have tried to force his way into a city home.Terrance Reason was identified as the man who was fatally shot at about 11:46 p.m. in the 1100 block of Walnut Street.
According to police, a masked gunman, later identified as Reason, tried to force his way into a house in that block. The occupants held the door closed, preventing him from entering, according to Captain Anita Amaro.
Reason raised his arm and began firing, striking a 30-year-old male occupant in the leg, police said. The wounded man returned fire, striking Reason in the shoulder, according to police.
Reason fled from the scene, but later showed up at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. He was taken into surgery, where he died, police said.
The 30-year-old victim was transported to CCMC, where he was listed in stable condition.
Investigators had long eyed Reason as a suspect in the October 12, 2010, shooting death of Whylisha Foreman, but he was never charged, according to police sources. . . .
Thanks to Rick Valent for the link.

Friday, 23 January


Massive terrorist attacks on US would spark martial law [The Liberty Sphere]

One of the most important yet overlooked factors that will occur in the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack on the United States is that such an attack would spark martial law on a national basis. Several national security experts were contacted who have no doubt that martial law will be declared. 
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Thursday, 22 January


Cognitive dissonance afflicts Obama supporters [The Liberty Sphere]

Several sources with varying ties to the White House have noted that in order to accept Barack Obama's proposals and explanations for his proposals, one must be comfortable with "cognitive dissonance" -- the incongruity of concepts rolled out in a single sentence. One politico called it "suspension of disbelief..." 
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Tuesday, 20 January


The secret terror camp next door [The Liberty Sphere]

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in France, a few news outlets here and there reported that there are at least 20 sleeper cells and Islamist terror training camps throughout the United States. These cells and training camps are being monitored by the FBI as part of its daily, ongoing attempt to prevent attacks on the American homeland. But in some cases these terrorist camps operate in secret right next to your door...
...One of these compounds is located in a rural section of York County, S.C. within a half hour of one of the fastest growing suburban areas in the country... 
...The news that an Islamist terror training camp is located in York County came as somewhat of a surprise... 
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Monday, 12 January


Feinstein disclosure represents old news, comes too late [The Liberty Sphere]

When U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., stated publicly last week that terrorist sleeper cells were active in the United States, some members of the media along with many average citizens reacted as if this were earth-shattering news. But, in fact, the Feinstein disclosure represents old news and comes too late to adequately prevent a new 9/11 styled terrorist attack.
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Thursday, 08 January


Due to circumstances beyond my control.... [The Liberty Sphere]

They claim "the road to hell is paved with good intentions." While I do think that is a bit harsh and that the Almighty has much more grace for his imperfect children than that, I have to say that this week has been fraught with circumstances beyond my control. This prevented me from doing the writing and publishing I had promised.

But do not despair, my dear reader, for this temporary setback is but a hassle. Tomorrow we will try again. And I do have some important info I need to convey.

Once again, thank you for hanging in there with me.

Monday, 05 January


Conservatives keep wary eye on presidential executive orders [The Liberty Sphere]

Ever since Barack Obama dared Congressional Republicans to try to stop his legislative agenda, much has been made of the process of the executive order or executive action -- one of the enumerated powers the Constitution grants to sitting presidents. But the manner in which Obama wishes to use the provision has sounded the warning alarm in the thinking of most conservatives....
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Well, hi [The Liberty Sphere]

Hi there. I hope Christmas and New Year's gave you a break and helped focus your mind on the things that truly matter. There is nothing any more important than to know who we are and what we are about. Once those things have been decided, everything else seems to fall into place.

I used this particular holiday season to take some time off. In the seven years I have been writing for the Examiner, I have not had a break. It seemed that this year, however, was perfect for such a break since I have been sidelined part of that time with various ailments anyway. So, I seized the opportunity to avail myself of such a break, and it has been amazingly refreshing.

Eye surgery has been put off indefinitely. My doctors don't want to make a bad situation worse. Plus, as long as I can see out of the bad eye, I can function. If he (the doctor) changes his mind and wants to do the surgery pronto at some point, I will let you know.

You know what to do. Pray and trust God for good outcomes.

Thursday, 01 January


I truly hope for your sake and mine.... [The Liberty Sphere]

I truly hope for your sake and mine that 2015 will be a good year. 2014 was not a good year for the country, nor me personally. But, I am still here and still cranking out all the info I can to keep America free by urging a hasty return to Constitutional law, which we have totally forsaken.

Thus, have a happy new year, my friends. We need to stick together and keep our eye on the goal. And for your good and mine, and for the good of the country, I pray the Lord will help us survive. God bless!


Now wait just a doggone minute here... [The Liberty Sphere]

You folks didn't actually think I was gonna let the holidays of Christmas go by without posting a couple of must-listens, did you? Hrmph. Well, think again.

First, we have the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah, which is a musical on the entire life of Christ, perhaps the very first time Christ's entire life has been set to music. This is classic Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, along with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Handel's Messiah can be done at either Christmas or Easter because there is as much there about the suffering and death of Christ, and the Resurrection, as there is His birth. This rendition immediately became a best-seller when Columbia Masterworks released it in the late 1960s, and it is still tops on various sales charts for the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Click here to go directly to YouTube site for it. And help it along. This was posted by a Handel fan recently.

And then I have some readers who always express their appreciation for my Perry Como selections during this time of year. Perry Como became synonymous with Christmas during his career, due to his much-publicized Christmas specials on national TV. I have never posted this one, but it was one of Perry's best, and he had a chart topping hit with this in 1954. Enjoy...

Wednesday, 24 December


A meaningful and peaceful Christmas for you all [The Liberty Sphere]

The Christmas story, as told by the holy Bible.

Luke 2 King James Version (KJV)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


Here it is... [The Liberty Sphere]

"For unto us a Child is born," from Handel's Messiah.
Presented by Eugene Ormandy, conductor, along with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Tuesday, 23 December


Secret meeting of police chiefs suggests bad omen [The Liberty Sphere]

The recent social turmoil revolving around Ferguson, Mo. and the furor surrounding the execution style murders of two NYC cops have raised some serious questions concerning the social stability of the United States. A secret meeting of police chiefs ... suggests a bad omen for the foreseeable future.
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Friday, 19 December


Digging up bones [The Liberty Sphere]

Hi, my friends. I am okay and hanging in. I still need your prayers.

I have to work, sick or not. We presented a program of Christmas music Sunday, under my direction. I was very pleased with it, but I admit that under present physical circumstances it took a great deal out of me. In fact, I was exhausted, more so than normal. But I enjoy doing these things, and I don't really care about the price I have to pay physically. The singers, the soloists, and the musicians were all wonderful. Simply hearing the fruit of our labors as it is presented live is a blessing that is worth much more than its weight in gold.

Now, even while I have been away struggling with sickness, I have still been working. This is done under the radar screen. It's always interesting to see what you discover when you get out there and "dig up bones." The things I have discovered will be disclosed in time, when the time is right. I suspect my first installment will be tomorrow or Sunday. Stay tuned, and thanks, my friends, for hanging in there with me. Your support is a source of great joy, making it worth my time to come here and do this year after year.

Tuesday, 16 December


Attack on freedoms demands civil disobedience [The Liberty Sphere]

A central truth that has come to the fore and reemphasized in the current attack on citizen freedoms is that there are times when civil disobedience is not only appropriate but necessary. The current ongoing attempt by certain states to directly challenge the gun rights of the citizens is a case in point. So critical is the need for resistance to the heavy jackboot the state has placed on the throats of citizens in Washington State that those who cherish their liberties took to a public demonstration of their resistance in the "We Will Not Comply" rally that took place Saturday.
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