Monday, 30 March

03:17

Update [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I have been getting some inquiries (some in the form of criticism for slacking) about why I haven't been doing more original work lately. It is a fair question and deserves an honest answer. The fact is that, quite apart from the diagnosis of the resurgent liver tumors, I have had some fairly stiff problems with eating and drinking lately. The esophagus is proving increasingly problematic with acute pain on swallowing, worsening heartburn, and occasional inability to eat without regurgitation. Yeah, I know, too much information. But the fact of the matter is that these problems have caused some weight loss -- I literally have to force myself to eat -- and point to worsening stenosis in the esophageal junction.
I will be getting a swallow study on Wednesday which should tell us more, and will let you know what's up. I am still hoping to cover the NRA convention and then to do a run out to Colorado and Washington state (and perhaps Oregon, we'll see). In the mean time, keep me in your prayers please.

02:05

Need an extra mag or two for Zoe's .45 Star PD [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Factory mags being "unobtanium", does anybody have experience with these aftermarkets?

01:35

Israelis are starting to figure it out. Obama is as great a threat to the Jews as Haman was. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or do him obedience, then Haman was full of wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had told him of the people of Mordecai; so that Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, the people of Mordecai. (Esther, 3:5-6)
“The president of the United States is lashing out at Israel just like Haman lashed out at the Jews,” he said.
See also: 'U.S. Negotiating Team Mainly There to Speak on Iran’s Behalf'

Sunday, 29 March

22:42

Haters of Self-Defense Face Unrelenting Defeat Everywhere [Gun News]

Opponents of the Second Amendment and haters of self-defense are facing a relentless barrage of pro-Second Amendment and pro-self-defense legislation in state legislatures across the country. It is as if the GOP took a page out of the Democrats' book-improved, then applied it-so that just as the Democrats flooded legislatures with gun control measures in early 2013, Republicans are now flooding legislatures with bills broadening the exercise of Second Amendment rights and protecting the use of firearms for self-defense.

18:37

Worcester doctors lead push to target gun 'gag laws' [Gun News]

From left, Dr. Michael P. Hirsh of UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center, and Patrick Lowe, third-year medical student at UMass Medical School. Do you smoke? How much alcohol do you drink a week? Do you use a seat belt? These are questions that physicians routinely ask their patients.

10:18

Population increases cited in rise in gun permits [Gun News]

But the number of applications on the Garden Isle increased for the fourth straight year - although county officials aren't attributing that increase to a gun craze, but rather something that accompanies an uptick in population. "The increases are slight year to year," county spokeswoman Sarah Blane wrote, noting that among the population growth, the county has experienced an increase in the number of imported registrations - individuals with registered firearms who moved to Kauai - while the island itself has added sporting retail options.

06:03

Lowell gun-permit rate low among similar cities [Gun News]

The city issued gun permits last year at a per-capita rate that fell in the lower four-fifths of similar cities across the state, according to state firearms data. Lowell's firearm permitting policy has been called into question by a group of residents, and was the subject of a lawsuit filed earlier this month.

01:48

Figures Fudged? Fbi may be skewing gun crime reports, experts say [Gun News]

Dec. 14, 2012: In this file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School. Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression "mass shooting" incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.

Saturday, 28 March

21:44

Greenwich Rallies for Gun Safety and Team 26 Cyclists [Gun News]

The Team 26 cyclists left Newtown for Washington on Saturday where they will lobby for gun reform in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. More than 100 people came out to support Team 26 - the dedicated group of cyclists who stopped in Greenwich on Saturday as part of their 400-mile ride to Washington, DC where they hope to garner Congressional support for stricter gun safety laws including background checks for gun permit applicants and a ban on large capacity gun magazines.

20:39

Obama's Department of Education won't say which colleges it has banned receiving federal money [John Lott's Website]

From Inside Higher ED:
The U.S. Department of Education is so concerned about the risk that dozens of colleges pose to students and taxpayers that it has curtailed access to federal money at those institutions -- but it won’t say which ones.  
Even as it pushes to make far more information about colleges available to consumers, the department is keeping hidden from public view its decisions to punish certain colleges with funding restrictions known as heightened cash monitoring. 
At the end of last October, 76 colleges or universities were subject to the most stringent form of those restrictions, according to the department. Another 455 institutions, as of last August, faced a lower level of scrutiny.  
But the department has refused to provide the names of those colleges because of the “competitive injury” it may cause them.  . . . 
Such reasoning hasn’t stopped the department from publishing other information about colleges that might harm their reputation in the interest of protecting students. It annually publishes colleges’ financial responsibility scores and an array of other financial and price data. And last year the Obama administration began releasing the names of colleges under investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases. . . .
Here is my concern.  In the past the Obama administration has banned students at some private schools from obtaining federal student loans.  I wouldn't be surprised if all 76 schools here are private schools.

17:29

Sheriff offers online gun-permit applications [Gun News]

Sheriff Hans Miller said a new site - https://OnslowSO.Permitium.com/, which is operated by a contractor - replaces previous requirements of filing paper applications at his office in downtown Jacksonville.

13:15

Oregon Could be Eighth State with Brady Background Checks on All Gun Sales [Gun News]

States with expanded Brady background checks see 46% fewer women murdered with guns by intimate partners; 48% fewer law enforced officers killed by guns; and 48% fewer gun-related suicides, according to a recent report by Everytown for Gun Safety. The new report highlights the success of Brady background checks in preventing dangerous people from getting guns.

12:54

Thank Your State Representatives For Passing Key Pro-Gun Reforms in SB 2619 and SB 2394; it is Critical that You Urge Your State Senators To Do The Same! [NRA-ILA News]

On Friday, the House adopted conference committee reports on Senate Bill 2619, sponsored by state Senator Haskins Montgomery, and Senate Bill 2394,sponsored by state Senator Terry Burton (designated as a priority legislative agenda item by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves).  These two measures make critical pro-Second Amendment reforms and passed the House by strong 98 to 18 and 103 to 15 margins, respectively

12:27

Canadian Supreme rules that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration [John Lott's Website]

Brian Lilley with The Rebel has this discussion of the Canadian Supreme ruling that the Canadian government can destroy the long gun registration.

Here is a March 2012 op-ed that I wrote with Gary Mauser on the failure of Canadian gun registration system.

09:14

Kit Lange goes radio. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

Kit Lange of Liberty for All writes: "I will be hosting a weekly radio show beginning 2 April from 1600-1700. This week's guest is Cope Reynolds, who will be discussing the role of the militia, and how to start/run an effective unit."
The Patrick Henry Society Show.

09:05

Public hearing on state shooting range rules April 23 [Gun News]

MONTPELIER >> The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says it wants to strengthen rules for public shooting ranges to address noise, safety and usage issues so that more ranges can be developed for the public. The public may weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing on April 23 at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A public informational meeting also will be held on April 29 at the Hartland Recreational Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The proposed changes would prohibit firing more than six rounds per magazine and prohibit the use of any fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any other explosive targets.

07:11

C'mon, Montana. What kind of police state crap is this? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"AN ACT REVISING LAWS RELATED TO FILMING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS DURING CONDUCT OF OFFICIAL DUTIES; REQUIRING A PERMIT TO FILM ON PRIVATE PROPERTY; PROVIDING PENALTIES; DEFINING "LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER"; AND REQUIRING RELEASE WAIVERS FOR CERTAIN PERSONS.
Montana House Bill 633 will require members of the media to obtain a $100 permit and a release waiver to film or photograph police officers or face a fine of $500.
Of course the anal sphincter who introduced this piece of cop-worshiping garbage is a member of the GOP: Rep. Dale Mortensen (R-Billings), HD 44.
Mailing Address:
446 Caravan Ave.
Billings, MT 59105
Phone Number: (406) 855-1424
Email: Rep.Dale.Mortensen@mt.gov

00:45

Remember that $15 grab bag from last weekend's gunshow? [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I mentioned it here. Well, I've gotten around to unpacking my plunder and separating out the dross from the gold in the hardware and parts and found this nugget, brand new. It is a Lyman 17 AHB front sight. Not bad, eh?
BTW, the .35 S&W Auto pistol cartridges (quantity 3, see list at above link) in the same bag are worth at least $5 a piece. So when you see what looks like a bag of miscellaneous scrap on a table at a gun show or flea market, give it a glance. Thar's gold in them thar baggies.

00:36

Do Gun Owners Need An App To Tell Them Where Anti-Gun-Violence Activists Live? [Gun News]

On Thursday morning, a handful of anti-gun-violence activists realized there is an app in the Google Play Store with their names on it-literally. The app, Gunfree Geo Marker, features a map pinpointing the home and work addresses of politicians, gun control organization employees, and "random anti-gun trolls" who "push the anti-gun agenda in any way, shape or form."

Friday, 27 March

20:22

Lawmakers seek tax and fee cuts for gun buyers, owners [Gun News]

It could be a good year for gun rights and gun owners. The state Legislature is proposing to make Florida one of the few states offering tax breaks for purchasers of guns, ammunition and gun club memberships.

16:12

'Gun control' politician compares cops to ISIS, says he'd shoot them first [Gun News]

State Senator Ernie Chambers remains defiant, refusing to apologize for equating police with ISIS terrorists and saying he would want to shoot them on sight if he had a gun, Nebraska Watchdog reported Wednesday . Chambers made the comments during a legislative hearing on gun bills.

13:01

Republican Senator Introduces Ban on Federal Gun Control [Gun News]

With the Senate focused on the 2016 budget, Senator Mike Lee has proposed an amendment that would ban federally mandated gun control. Lee's amendment would ban any future gun control from lawmakers that fails to garner "two-thirds of senators" in support.

08:39

Kansans critical of changes to concealed carry [Gun News]

Carrying a gun in Kansas is about to get much easier, you won't have to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. "Guns are not toys, and I think people of today's generation think that they're toys," said Latonya Boyd, a concerned mother.

04:49

Constitutional Revolution [Gun News]

In the early 1980s, a handful of students at Yale and the University of Chicago created a small organization as a counterweight to what they saw as the monolithic left-liberal outlook of the legal academy. Today the Federalist Society has chapters at almost every American law school and counts more than 40,000 lawyers among its members.

04:12

Finally catching up. [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

I've had more sleep in the past couple of days than I've had in a while. Will try to catch up with my backlogged emails today.

03:52

Anniversary: 27 March 1836. The Goliad Massacre [Sipsey Street Irregulars]

"Well, gentlemen! In eight days, home and liberty!"
Shackleford's Red Rovers were among the slaughtered prisoners. It is said that in the aftermath of Goliad, every planter family in the Tennessee Valley of Alabama went into mourning, having lost sons and fathers to Mexican perfidy.
Here is Captain Jack Shackelford's Account.

00:39

Filmmaker Targets Breitbart News for Supporting Women's Right to Be Armed [Gun News]

On March 24, Breitbart News reported that Brave New Films launched a new film and campaign series against Campus Carry in an effort to wage war against the NRA's efforts to arm women for self-defense on America's college campuses. On March 26, Brave New Films founder Robert Greenwald responded to the story with a tweet suggesting the Breitbart News story simply propounded the "gun company solution" to campus rape - namely, "more guns."

Thursday, 26 March

23:55

Drug Enforcement Administration agents over several years attend sex parties paid for by drug cartels [John Lott's Website]

With the drug cartel making so much money from selling drugs, it is hard to see how the government can pay DEA agents enough to keep them from being tempted.  From Fox News:
In another major embarrassment for federal law enforcement, a Justice Department watchdog report alleges several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended "sex parties" with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.  
The alleged parties took place in an unnamed "host country," which reportedly was Colombia, over a period of several years. According to the Justice Department inspector general report, the parties were even held in agents' U.S. government-leased quarters.
Further, agents received "money, expensive gifts, and weapons from drug cartel members," according to the report, which explored sexual misconduct allegations and how they are handled at the DEA; FBI; Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).  
The IG report found such allegations often went unreported or underreported, or were not pursued properly.  
The findings were immediately met Thursday with outrage on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers for years have pressured agencies to get tough on misconduct from within -- most notably, following the Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012, also in Colombia. . . .

19:29

Senate tries to score political points on way to b... [Gun News]

The U.S. Senate on Thursday launched a marathon session that will end with a vote on a budget plan after lawmakers weigh in on dozens of amendments that are likely to have more effect on campaign ads in 2016 than the final spending plan. In the so-called "vote-a-rama," senators are aiming to score political points and draw the opposing party into casting votes that can be used against them, or establishing support for future legislation.

15:18

Peruta just went en banc [Of Arms and the Law]

"THOMAS, Chief Judge:
Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that
this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel opinion and order denying motions to intervene shall not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit."

In the Ninth, that means the case will be reheard by a panel of ten randomly-chosen judges (out of around 28 active duty ones) plus the chief judge.

Tuesday, 24 March

12:04

Government micro managing people's behavior: NYC telling day care centers whether they can give children juice and how long children can sit for [John Lott's Website]

No juice to children under age 2?  Kids not allowed to sit for more than 30 minutes?  Seriously?  From the New York Daily News:

In a pint-sized version of ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks, the city's Board of Health on Monday announced dramatically stricter rules for all licensed city day cares, including a limit on how much juice kids can drink.
Under the new rules, designed to try to cut obesity rates, children must be at least 2 years old before they can take their first sip of juice at day care, and they are only allowed four ounces a day.
Only 100% juice is allowed.
The old rules allowed babies as young as eight months to guzzle six ounces of 100% juice a day. 
Other new rules restrict kids' "sedentary time" to less than 30 minutes a day down from 60 minutes a day currently  and only one half-hour of screen time a week. . . .

12:01

Phoenix: mother saved by armed neighbor [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here.

She's not one of those who would blame the neighbor for shooting her son, who was the drug-demented attacker.

"Mendez is now beginning a painful recovery.

She's also mourning the loss of a son she feels she truly lost to crystal meth, not the man who pulled the trigger. "There was nothing else you could have done," Mendez said she wants her neighbor to know. "And as sad as I am to lose my boy, you did the right thing. And I thank you for my life."

10:24

Former Maryland state police Captain and Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends to discuss concealed handgun laws [John Lott's Website]




A Crime Prevention Research Center's study on concealed handguns is discussed here, though they are going to have to work with Jack a little bit to get the name right! Jack McCauley on Fox & Friends

10:16

Newest Fox News piece on Bloomberg's false statements on concealed handgun laws [John Lott's Website]

My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Michael Bloomberg is spending tens of millions of dollars trying to convince state legislatures to support restrictive gun control laws.  From television and newspaper ads, to blanketing communities with flyers, to bringing in people from out of state to testify, no effort seems too great.  Then again, he is worth of over $36 billion.
But Bloombeg’s newest campaign has become so extreme that even gun control advocates may wonder that he is becoming a liability to their cause.  And he has already earned a reputation for fabricating numbers, with even liberal-leaning PolitiFact slamming Bloomberg for exaggerating the number of school shootings by a factor of five.  Other inaccuracies include that deaths from school shootings are increasing, that attacks with “assault weapons” are the most deadly, that firearms research fell dramatically after the restrictions on federal funding, and absurdly that “84% of female firearm homicides in 25 countries are in US.”
Bloomberg is now running advertisements attacking state legislators who are sponsoring legislation to eliminate gun-free zones.   Thus in Nevada, his campaign is targeting state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore who is sponsoring a bill to eliminate gun-free zones in schools and government buildings.  The 30-second ad announces that Fiore wants legislation "allowing criminals to carry hidden, loaded guns in our schools and college campuses. Anywhere we go, criminals and the dangerously mentally ill could be carrying loaded handguns, putting us at risk.”
But this is an outrageous falsehood.  Eliminating gun-free zones doesn’t mean that just anyone can pack heat. You still need to have a concealed handgun permit, which requires a criminal background check.
Besides, permit holders are incredibly law-abiding.  In 2014, there were over 90,000 permit holders in Nevada.  But only 128 people had their permits revoked for any reason. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

Monday, 23 March

21:54

Putting it all together [The Liberty Sphere]

Some patterns are developing in the geo-political stratosphere that are cause for some alarm. Without intervention on the part of liberty oriented representatives in Washington and in the states and of course the patriots, then years of woe are imminent.

I will say no more, for now. Watch. Be diligent. Be ready.

17:02

Interesting trends in concealed carry laws [Of Arms and the Law]

From an article in the Idaho Statesman (which cites Clayton Cramer and John Lott).

Between 1986 and the present days:

States prohibiting concealed carry, with no licenses to do so available, shrank from 16 to 0.
States allowing permits on a discretionary "may issue" basis shrank from 25 to 9.
States allowing permits on a "shall issue" basis rose from 8 to 36.
States allowing concealed carry with no permit rose from 1 to 5.

All this over a period when both total homicides and gun homicides have fallen by about half.

Sunday, 22 March

22:16

Keeping watch [The Liberty Sphere]

Hello. I'm still here, keeping watch. More tomorrow, I hope.

Thursday, 19 March

22:38

More hypocrisy.... [Of Arms and the Law]

As a publicity ploy, "States United to Prevent Gun Violence" (an astroturf group created by Bloomberg) sets up a fake gun store in New York City, with seemingly real guns hanging on the walls. But not too long ago, New York City announced:

"Early in 2009, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sent letters ordering over 100 retailers to stop selling toy guns that weren't properly marked as imitations. Warnings went to manufacturers, local stores, and national retailers like Big Lots, Dollar Tree and Dollar General. Investigators visited dozens of stores throughout New York and found that most sold toy guns that didn't comply with the state law.

Toy guns can't be sold in New York City unless they are colored bright green, blue, red or another neon color. Over the past seven years, city officials have seized over 7,200 illegal toy guns from stores and levied $2.4 million in fines. Retailer Party City paid a record $500,000 in fines for 800 violations of the city's toy gun law.

New York City passed even tougher toy gun laws to take effect in 2010. Fines for selling illegal toy guns will go from $1,000 to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $8,000 for repeat offenses. It'll also be easier for the City to temporarily close stores that continue to break the law.

Toy Guns Can Be Deadly"

As usual, there is one set of laws for those who have connections, and another set of laws for everyone else.

Monday, 16 March

14:57

Can a gun trust own a "post ban" MG? [Of Arms and the Law]

Joshua Prince has an interesting post. The key is that the NFA says a "person" may register and pay taxes on an MG, and 18 U.S.C. §922(o) says a "person" may not possess a post-ban MG, but the two statutes have different definitions of "person." An unincorporated trust is a person within the definition of NFA, but is not a person within the definitions of the GCA, which govern §922(o).

Sunday, 15 March

09:37

Better to say nothing at all [The Liberty Sphere]

Rather than making promises I can't keep, it is far better to say nothing at all.

I told you in a recent post that it appeared I had completed all outstanding projects and was ready to hunker down in my normal routine writing daily columns for the Examiner and focusing here on liberty and gun rights issues. Then, poof. I had to take care of some things that cropped up unexpectedly, and I was gone again.

So, I have decided that I am not going to make any more promises like that. When I do that, circumstances make me into a liar. So, it is better to say nothing at all.

Glad you all are still here, my friends.

Friday, 13 March

21:44

A self-defense case that, strangely, was not covered by the media [Of Arms and the Law]

Story here. My friend Phil Murphy had a similar experience. He held a burglar at gunpoint until police arrived. The local media did interview him. He mentioned that he'd used an AR, and, strangely, the story never saw the light of day.

14:25

Newest piece at Fox News: "Is gun ownership really down in America?" [John Lott's Website]

660-Guns-AP2
My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Is gun ownership falling? The answer is yes, at least if you believe a new General Social Survey (GSS) by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Supposedly, since the late 1970s, the percentage of homes with a gun has fallen from approximately 50 percent to 32 percent.  "The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it's ever been,” reported Emily Swanson of the Associated Press.
Time magazine also points to a PEW Research survey that has done a couple much more limited surveys that suggest a similar drop in gun ownership over time.
But those claims are likely overblown.
Surely, gun control advocates such as GSS director Tom Smith view this decline as a good thing.  In a 2003 book of mine, I quoted Smith as saying that the large drop in gun ownership would “make it easier for politicians to do the right thing on guns” and pass more restrictive regulations.
Other gun control advocates have mentioned to me that they hope that if people believe fewer people own guns, that may cause others to rethink their decision to own one themselves.  It is part of the reason they dramatically exaggerate the risks of having guns in the home.
The Associated Press and Time ignored other polls by Gallup and ABC News/Washington Post.  These polls show that gun ownership rates have been flat over the same period.  According to Gallup, household gun ownership has ranged from 51 percent in 1994 to 34 percent in 1999. In 2014, it was at 42 percent – comparable to the 43-45 percent figures during the 1970s. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

14:23

On the Mark Levin Show to discuss the Obama administration's report on racism in the Ferguson Police Department [John Lott's Website]

I talked to Mark Levin on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 from 7:35 to 7:46 PM. Interview available here.

I also talked about the DOJ report to David Madeira on 94.3 FM in Scranton. PA at 8:45 AM on Wednesday, March 11th.


12:03

Some red faces on the other side [Of Arms and the Law]

Plaintiffs sue Harrisburg, PA, in state court, over its gun restrictions (I assume on preemption grounds). Harrisburg files a removal to Federal District Court (I assume some Federal legal issue was involved, don't know the details). But the removal motion omits one plaintiff, so plaintiffs' attorney Joshua Prince files for default judgment in state court, in the plaintiff's name, since the city never answered the complaint. He reportedly gives notice to Harrisburg (some rules require giving advance notice of an intent to take a default judgment) and the city ignores it. So he takes a default judgment for $20,000 plus.

Now the city wakes up and moves to set aside the default judgment. That's possible, but if the PA rules are like the federal ones, it's a heavy burden of proof. And the first question is going to be "he gave you written notice, well in advance, that he would take a default ... why didn't you object then, or move to add this plaintiff to your removal motion?"

Thursday, 12 March

10:39

NRA Board elections [Of Arms and the Law]

I didn't have time to say anything when the ballot arrived, I was swamped with work and barely had time to fill out my own, and besides, everyone on the ballot seemed qualified. But thinking of my associates from Interior Dept days, I realized that William "Bill" Satterfield was on it. He's a good one, a 'Nam vet, was Deputy Solicitor under the Reagan administration, then General Counsel to FERC, then returned to private practice. He's a shooter and a hunter, and serves on NRA's Legal Affairs Committee and its Civil Rights Defense Fund.

Wednesday, 11 March

21:26

Blast from the past [Of Arms and the Law]

Decades ago, when I worked in Interior Department's legal shop, the Solicitor's Office, a good buddy was Rick Robbins, Assistant Solicitor for National Capitol Area Parks. They handled all legal issues for the Park Service in the DC area, things ranging from litigation over the rules for protests on the White House sidewalk to issues in the battlefield parks near DC (as I recall, extending out to the Bull Run battlefield). In those days, Rick was clean-shaven and, like all of us, in shirt and tie, with jacket in the closet in case we were called to a meeting of importance. He had one heck of a sense of humor, and really, really, really loved to hunt.

Rick just sent me this video of him today, retired to rural Virginia.

18:07

Oh heck fire!! [The Liberty Sphere]

I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and have been running behind all the day. So, there won't be a masterpiece from me this evening, I'm sorry to say. I hate it when I do that, heck fire!

I hope for better results tomorrow. Just FYI.

Tuesday, 10 March

15:58

Clintons attract scandal like cats in heat [The Liberty Sphere]

Americans, Democrats in particular, should have known that as soon as Hillary Clinton announced her interest in running for president, the scandals would come out of the woodwork. It is the nature of Bill and Hillary both to create a circus-like atmosphere 24/7 with scandals stuck to them like cats in heat. But not only do they merely attract scandal. They actively engage in it. 
More here. 

Monday, 09 March

17:22

A voice from the locked down unit [The Liberty Sphere]

But there is one undeniable and glaring fact that the reader fails to consider. No matter what is on paper about our form of government, if those who are entrusted with leadership fail either deliberately or inadvertently, and if the voters persist in sending these treasonous wolves back to office, then no matter what is on paper the country has descended into abject tyranny, leaders and citizens alike.
Click here to continue reading...

15:17

Hello! [The Liberty Sphere]

I'm back from a brief break, ready to delve into the current mess created by the child-king. If we ever get out of the chaos he has created in almost every part of the world, it will be a miracle.

Someone asked me recently, "What do you do during these little breaks you take? Sometimes you scare us with your unannounced absences. At least when you're sick you tell us."

I don't mean to scare anyone, but it has to be that way for now. There are things I cannot discuss openly. Studying and investigating threats to our liberties must be done incognito. To say the least I am not pleased with what I am observing. More about that later.

And then as soon as I can, I need to get back to passing along to you news concerning gun rights from liberty oriented bloggers. No, I haven't given up on it. I just needed to tend to some other things first.

Sunday, 08 March

20:12

Just how bad is the DC city government at treating people who don't pay their parking tickets? [John Lott's Website]

Emily Miller at MyFoxDC has this story from October 2014:
Megan Johnson got about ten parking tickets, and they all doubled. Then, Megan's car was booted, towed and sold. . . . .  
Johnson's problems started when she had about ten parking tickets that she could not afford to pay. The fines doubled after 30 days, so the total got to about $1,000. . . . 
Meanwhile, Johnson's car was booted and impounded -- for which the city charged her $700 in fees -- and then the car was sold out from under her. 
I asked Megan if the city sent her a check after it auctioned off her car for $500. She said that the city was supposed to credit that amount to her debt but never did. 
I've asked the DMV, the Department of Public Works and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer about the city profiting $500 from the sale of Megan's car, but not one of these agencies will help rectify it. . . .
An earlier story by Pamela Brown at ABC 7 in DC from August 2012 noted:
More than 230,000 drivers have been turned over to the District’s debt collector this year. The reason – unpaid parking tickets. It’s an aggressive new measure that’s caught many off guard.  
Once the debt collector takes over, a person’s credit score can drop significantly.
“Someone with a higher score in the 700s is likely to get hit as much as 100, 125 points,” explained Anthony Sprauve, FICO spokesperson. FICO provides credit scores to consumers. “The better your score is, the bigger hit you're going to get.” 
In 2011, nearly 300,000 drivers were reported for unpaid parking tickets. There are several warnings about deadlines on the back of a ticket. However, those warnings do not mention collection agencies. . . .
Apparently the debt collectors weren't enough. 

Saturday, 07 March

17:43

Why is it with all these cop shows have people registering their guns? [John Lott's Website]



 Why is it that television police shows consistently assume people are required to have their guns registered.  That is true whether the show is said to take place in Florida or, as in the case of the video shown above, in Oregon (Backstrom, Season 1, episode 7, "Enemy of my Enemies").  Hint: Oregon definitely doesn't require people to register guns, let alone "all" their guns. Of course, the other even worse inaccuracy with these shows is that they often have registration being used to solve crimes.

UPDATE: Miguel Gonzalez has told about something called the Entertainment Industries Council. The Council has put together a long list of suggestions on how to write up television and movies to get across gun control ideas (see here). The number of inaccuracies in their write up is simply staggering and I don't have the time to go through them now.

-- "Consider depicting the reality that women are far more likely to be shot by husbands or lovers than by an intruder. Odds are that a gun in her home will be used against her rather than in her defense."
-- "Consider showing someone who is attempting to use a gun in self-defense being overpowered by the attacker who then uses the gun against him or her."
-- "Consider having characters successfully use alternatives to guns for self-defense, such as pepper spray or mace."
-- "Consider showing a parent chastising his or her spouse for leaving a gun where their children can find it."

17:30

Obama's extravagant vacations [John Lott's Website]


The Washington Examiner has a story on the Obama vacations. I would like to know if any other president has made such an expensive vacation trip just for a chance to play golf. I understand why a president who is on vacation might spend time playing golf, but going on a trip just to play golf?

Golf vacation

2013, Feb. 16-18, President Obama flew to Palm Springs, Ca., for three days of golf.
2013, June 26–July 2, Michelle toured African nations with Sasha and Malia after meeting up with president.
2014, March 8-9, the president and first lady traveled to Key Largo, Fla., for a golfing vacation.
2015, Feb. 15-17, President Obama traveled again to Palm Springs for a boys weekend of golf.

How about the first lady taking exotic trips with just her and her children?

2010, August 4-8, Michelle Obama, daughter Sasha and an entourage travel to Spain. Judicial Watch pegged the cost at $467,000
2011, Feb. 19-21, Michelle, Sasha and Malia travel to Vail to ski and hit a restaurant that served pickled pumpkin salad and braised ancho-chile short rib.
2011, March 21-25, Obama, Michelle, Sasha and Malia, on spring break, on a working vacation to Latin America were the girls took in Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue.
2012, Feb. 17-19, Michelle and her daughters traveled to Aspen to ski.
2013, Feb. 15-18, Michelle Obama and her two daughters ski in Aspen, Co.
2014, Feb. 14-17, Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia for a ski vacation in Aspen, Co.
2014, March 19-26, Michelle Obama, her mom and daughter Sasha and Malia spend a spring break in China.

14:54

U Cal Irvine raises the bar on self-beclowning [Of Arms and the Law]

It bans the American flag (apparently even from private display).

And the student resolution doing so demonstrates how literacy and clear thinking are no longer requirements for getting into that college: "[F]lags construct paradigms of conformity and sets homogenized standards for others to obtain which in this country typically are idolized as freedom, equality, and democracy." Apart from noun-verb disagreement, this is brain mush.

I'd like to extend on Iowahawk's comment to that article: cut the university off from direct fund transfers, and send all student loan and federal grant money in with tiny flags printed on the check. Somehow I suspect they'd speedily overcome their aversity to flags.

07:41

Pretty hilarious! [Of Arms and the Law]

Guided by comments to the previous post (thanks!) I find that BATF just posted online a notice that its removal of M855 ammo from the exemption for AP ammo is a mistake. Sounds like the decision was made to remove M855, while allowing a sham comment period, and whichever team compiles the annual list of published ordinances was told about the decision but not told "but, 'officially,' this decision hasn't been made yet, so don't let it out."

Those responsible are probably down on their knees thanking the Almighty that this happened in early March. (Federal agencies do job evaluations after the end of the fiscal year, end of September. If you foul up in winter or early spring, you can hope that your supervisors forget about it by then. A disaster in September is a REAL disaster!)

Friday, 06 March

15:53

No longer a Republic, so now what? [The Liberty Sphere]

After the Framers spent long hours hammering out the most ingenious form of government mankind has ever devised, a woman happened across Benjamin Franklin as he and his colleagues emerged from their deliberations, and asked, "Dr. Franklin, what kind of government have you given us?" Franklin replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
But we have not kept it. We have trashed it while giving lip service to its importance.
It took a little over 100 years for the voters and politicians to hasten its demise.
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15:30

Pretty astonishing.... [Of Arms and the Law]

ATF is required to publish, and I believe annually update, a list of "published ordinances" relating to guns, for guidance of firearm dealers. In mid-February, ATF announced that it was seeking comments on its proposal to removed the "sporting purposes" exemption of M855 ammunition, meaning that (if ATF's interpretation of the ban on handgun "armor piercing" ammo is correct, which I've critiqued earlier) the M855 would be banned. Further, anyone having M855 projectiles would commit a felony by handloading them (the ban applies, not to "manufactures" which the gun statutes narrowly define; instead it makes it illegal for "any person to manufacture" such ammo).

Katie Pavich has made an astounding discovery: the 2015 book of published ordinances, released in January, deletes the exemption for M855 ammunition. The decision was made BEFORE the agency sought comment on it! Possibly long before, since releasing a book in January requires editing it well before then, and getting it to the Government Printing Office so they can run the presses.

02:01

Nevada's concealed handgun permits surge by 11.5% over the last year [John Lott's Website]

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That is about an 11.5% increase in permits over the last year.


00:42

Testifying before the Nevada Assembly Judiciary Committee on eliminating many Gun-Free Zones [John Lott's Website]

Picture from testimony Nevada
From the Las Vegas Review Journal:
. . . Proponents of the bill included John Lott, an academic and president of an organization called the Crime Prevention Research Center, who offered statistics to debunk some of the arguments against the bill.
Lott said his review shows no evidence in the states where campus carry is allowed that a permit holder has ever committed a crime on a campus. There were three accidents which resulted in no harm, he said. There are no cases of a permit holder shooting an innocent bystander and there are no cases of responding law enforcement shooting a permit holder by mistake, he said.
Lott said his review of mass shooting incidents shows that perpetrators intentionally seek out gun-free areas to commit their crimes.
The group Media Matters calls Lott a “discredited gun researcher” who makes false claims about gun violence. Lott’s group is associated with NRA member Ted Nugent. Media Matters says it is dedicated to correcting “conservative misinformation” in the U.S. media.
But Lott defended his research, and said Media Matters for several years would not let him correct the errors in the many attacks on him in the comment section on their site.
“They won’t even let their readers know there is a response,” he said.
Lott said his organization also has a prestigious academic advisory board.
The published research runs about 70 percent finding a benefit from campus carry laws for reduced crime to 30 percent showing no effect, he said.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures in information dated from February 2015, 23 states let universities make the call on carrying concealed weapons, 20 ban weapons and seven, including Utah, Colorado and Idaho, allow firearms to be carried with some limitations. . . .
From the Las Vegas Sun:
. . . The testimony was emotionally charged on both sides and involved victims of violent crimes who were divided on the effect of guns at schools, places that have been home to some of the nation’s most horrific mass shootings in recent years.
Fiore brought in John Lott, a nationally known gun-law expert and author of the book “More Guns, Less Crime.”
Democratic lawmakers peppered him with questions about the potential of a campus carry permit holder shooting an innocent bystander.
Lott said he’s found no examples of such instances in his research across the country. He said permit holders are more lawful citizens than police officers and non-permit holders.
“The question is not how young people behave,” he said. “The question is about how permit holders behave.” . . .

00:40

Piece in the Las Vegas Review Journal: "Gun-free zones put innocent in danger" [John Lott's Website]

My op-ed in the Las Vegas Review Journal starts this way:
Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. 
So why do we put up these signs in other places? On Thursday, amid opposition from state education leaders, the Assembly Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Assembly Bill 148, which would allow concealed-weapons permit holders to carry at public college campuses and schools under some circumstances. 
Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone. And Europe is no stranger to mass shootings. It has been host to three of the six worst K-12 school shootings and by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual. 
Killers often openly talk about their desire to attack where guns are banned. Last June, Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in Santa Barbara, Calif., explained his own choice. In his 141-page “Manifesto,” Rodger turned down targets because he worried that someone with a gun would cut short his killing spree. 
That same month, Justin Bourque shot to death three people in Canada. His Facebook page made fun of gun bans, with pictures of defenseless victims explaining to killers that they weren’t allowed to have their guns. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

Wednesday, 04 March

12:50

Observations of an Obamacare compliant doctor's office [The Liberty Sphere]

This week I saw a new doctor for a series of tests. To say that I was pleased would be gratifying if it were true. But the truth is it was not pleasant at all. I got to see upfront and personal a medical practice that has succumbed to Obamacare. 
Read the rest here.

Tuesday, 03 March

10:49

Netanyahu speech to Congress brings vermin out of shadows [The Liberty Sphere]

The vermin in this country has come out of the woodwork. We already know about Obama's nefarious alliances with Muslim radical barbarians. But now we see a large portion of the Democratic Party letting their true colors show. They boycott the only real democratic ally we have in the region.
Click here to read the whole thing.

Monday, 02 March

18:59

Socialist Vermont senator lies about Netanyahu visit [The Liberty Sphere]

In short, Sen. Sanders flat out lied about the Constitution, Congressional power, the limits of presidential power, and the Netanyahu visit. His credibility has been shot to pieces.
Click here to read the whole article...

Sunday, 01 March

16:43

Obama bomb threat against Israel looms large in hard feelings [The Liberty Sphere]

Barack Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli fighter jets if they fly over Iran to prevent the extremist Muslim state from making further advances in developing its nuclear program, which would enable Iran to manufacture and deploy nuclear bombs. Israeli leaders are super-sensitive about the Iran nuclear program, which has stated that its nuclear bombs would be used to bombard Israel to the point of wiping it from the face of the earth.
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Saturday, 28 February

18:45

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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18:00

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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17:59

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.

Friday, 27 February

12:56

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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Wednesday, 25 February

13:34

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

19:36

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.

19:35

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).

17:53

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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Monday, 23 February

11:48

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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Friday, 20 February

14:34

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.

14:32

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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12:52

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.
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11:15

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

06:12

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 Breitbart.com.  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

14:29

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

21:05

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.

17:54

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.


Friday, 13 February

17:17

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. 
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Thursday, 12 February

21:37

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.

18:34

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, 28 January

13:31

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.
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Friday, 23 January

18:22

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

18:56

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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