5/03/2015

What will happen in the UK May 7th election?: A hung Parliament with a Labour/SNP left wing government

Click on figures to get a clearer view.

The very left wing Scottish National Party could hold the balance of power in the Parliament.  It looks like Labour with the SNP would just together have enough votes to reach the 326 seats to form a majority.  If so, the UK might swing wildly to the left.  The UKIP (UK Independence Party) has about 14% of the vote, but probably only 2 seats.  The UKIP may be making it impossible for the Conservatives to stay in power.



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$15-an-hour minimum wages aren't so great if you no longer have a job: Pizza shop worker upset no one mentioned he could lose his job when they were discussing the increase

From Fox 13 in Seattle:

. . . Devin Jeran was happy to get a raise, when Seattle’s minimum wage went up to $11 an hour at the beginning of the month. “I definitely recognize that having more money is important,” he says, “especially in a city as expensive as this one.” Unfortunately, he’ll only enjoy that bigger paycheck for a few more months. In August, his boss is shutting down Z Pizza and putting him and his 11 co-workers out of work. “Fortunately she keeps us in the loop, she didn’t just tell us last minute.” Ritu Shah Burnham doesn’t want to go out of business, but says she can’t afford the city’s mandated wage hikes. . . .
More on the jobs being lost in San Francisco is available here.
Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in princip[le] and we believe that it's possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco -- Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage.  Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st. 

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Morgan Freeman's racist views about police

In the past, I have had some very positive things to say about Morgan Freeman (see these links).  But Freeman's comments after Baltimore are pretty nutty.
"That unrest [in Baltimore] has nothing to do with terrorism at all, except the terrorism we suffer from the police.  Why are so many people dying in police custody?  And why are they all black?  And why are al the police killing them white?"
 Even using the faulty FBI justifiable police homicide numbers makes it clear that these claims are no where near to being correct.

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5/02/2015

Newest piece at Investors Business Daily: The same people who want disarm police also want to disarm poor blacks

My newest piece at Investors Business Daily is as follows:
Police aren't always there to protect people — not in Baltimore, not in Ferguson and not when the average person has to confront a criminal. 
This is particularly true in the poorest sections of town. Even police with the best response times seldom arrive until after the crime has been committed and the assailant has run off. 
But even where crime is high, many Democratic politicians are unwilling to let the police do their job. To make matters much worse, they also prevent citizens from defending themselves. 
Granted, police can't be every place all the time. Even a very fast eight-minute police response time can take too long, making the difference between life and death. 
Yet in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that." Apparently last Monday, she ordered police to "stand down" when riots broke out. And she refused to return the governor's calls when he repeatedly tried to get permission from the mayor to send in the National Guard. 
It is hardly comforting when she apologized on Wednesday for using the word "thugs" to describe those who destroy businesses and beat up people. 
Similarly, when the grand jury decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon ignored calls from Ferguson's mayor and kept the National Guard away from the initial violence. 
As Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder complained: "(The National Guard) were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned." 
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore went further on Thursday and called for police to be disarmed, but even he acknowledged that private gun ownership could help protect people. 
Citizens in Baltimore and Ferguson were on their own. Not surprisingly, during the weeks in early November before the St. Louis County grand jury released its verdict, gun sales in the Ferguson area went up about sixfold. 
But poor blacks in Maryland simply can't rush out to get guns. Politicians in Maryland have made it virtually impossible for law-abiding civilians, particularly poor individuals, to get a concealed handgun permit. 
Even owning a gun in the home is difficult. It costs at least $300 to go through the licensing and registration process to get a handgun. On top of that, people face a seven-day waiting period, and it's illegal for them to borrow a gun from their friends. 
The law-abiding people living in places most heavily hit by riots are the ones most clearly prevented from defending themselves if an emergency were to arise. Democrats' actions sure don't back up their claims of being the defenders of the poor. 
In 2013, when the Colorado legislature voted for a bill that would charge people a fee when they purchase a gun, Republicans put up an amendment to exempt people below the poverty level. But Democrats virtually unanimously voted against the exemption. 
As Democrats controlled over two-thirds of both houses of the Maryland state legislature, a similar amendment that year was never even allowed a vote. 
In most other states, like Missouri, it's much easier for poor minorities to obtain guns for protection. Most importantly, one doesn't have to justify why they should get a permitted, concealed handgun, something that is rarely approved for poor minorities when government permission is required. 
Some politicians believe that all these regulations prevent criminals from getting guns. But they are simply wrong. Criminals are not stupid enough to pay all the licensing and registration fees and face background checks to get guns. 
It isn't just during riots that guns for defensive use are important. Guns are effective for defense in more ordinary situations. And it is particularly important for poor people who live in high crime urban areas. 
With surveys showing that blacks believe that they can't trust police, the obvious option is to let them defend themselves. And minorities generally like that option. A Gallup survey at the end of last year showed that by a 56%-37% margin, nonwhites felt that having a gun in the home made them safer. 
Democrats want the votes of poor, law-abiding minorities. They just don't want them to be able to be safe. Apparently, Democrats believe that the right to self-defense belongs only to the wealthy. 
• Lott is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a former chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission.

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4/30/2015

My newest Fox News piece: 'Assault weapons' debate: The folly of Rep. Rosa DeLauro's buyback bill

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My newest piece for Fox News starts this way:
Gun control advocates introduced a bill in April that only gun control supporters could love. Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro is so serious about getting so-called assault weapons off the street that she is offering $2,000 tax credits for each gun that people turning in  limit one per year. 
According to her, assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense. There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield. 
She believes that offering $2,000 a gun will ensure guns will be turned in.  She is correct that people would turn in guns, that is old, non-working guns or guns bought cheaply and then make a profit turning them in.  After all, many brand new assault weapons sell for less than $700. 
Gaming the gun buyback system has pretty much become standard fare these days. There are also plenty of stories featuring people buying BB guns from a nearby Walmart and turning them in.
A better name for the "Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Education of our (SAFER) Streets Act would be the "Full Employment Act for Gun Makers." . . .

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4/29/2015

Burglar accidentally leaves his iPhone in home, phone gets him caught

Police in the UK use a burglar's iPhone to find out who had committed the crime.  The iPhone even survived the fire that the burglar started.  Talk about incriminating information on the phone.  It also contained info on what the burglar wanted to steal.  From The Argus in Sussex:
A bungling burglar who set fire to a home after losing his mobile left behind key evidence of his name, address and what he planned to steal. 
Tony Bytheway, 40, was high on drugs when he stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery, watches and laptops as residents were on holiday. 
After realising he had lost his phone during the raid, he set three fires in the hope of destroying evidence before making off in the owner’s Subaru Impreza. 
The McCormack family returned to find their Findon home destroyed and two family pets dead. 
They also discovered an iPhone with the culprit’s name and address, along with details of what he planned to loot, where it was being kept and his accomplices. 
He stole around 200 watches, including a handful of Rolexes, jewellery including a £5,000 diamond eternity ring, Mr McCormack’s grandfather’s war medals, and his daughter’s laptop with all her coursework on February 16, 2014. . . .

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What are the top ten criminology papers at the Social Science Research Network?

Those interested in downloading the papers can click here.  Getting more downloads to my work forces other academics to deal with these issues.

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Newest Fox News piece: "Baltimore riots and the price of protest"

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My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
People have the right to protest, but too many politicians are afraid or unwilling to stop looting and rioting. The dividing line between liberals and conservatives could hardly be starker. 
When the St. Louis Grand Jury reached its decision in Officer Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown, Democrat Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ignored calls from Ferguson’s mayor and kept the National Guard away from the initial violence.  As Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder complained: "[The National Guard]were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned.”  The rioting and destruction was hardly a surprise. 
Likewise, in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has evoked controversy over her own slow response to the violence.  She claims that she was misunderstood when she announced on Saturday: "I worked with the police and I instructed them to do everything that they could to ensure that the protestors could exercise their right to free speech.  It is a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.  And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.” 
Rawlings-Blake may not have meant what she said about giving "those who wished to destroy space to do that," but her statement was clear enough.  In addition, her pattern of slow responses continued through Monday.  Despite all the damage, the mayor didn’t even put in the required request for the National Guard until 7 PM Monday evening. 
Reportedly the mayor and police commissioner thought that they had the situation under control and worried that the National Guard would provoke the rioters. 
“When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared,” Governor Hogan said. “We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action.”
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The rest of the piece is available here.

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4/28/2015

A lot of people who bought Obamacare who are probably upset that they bought the plan: 2/3rds of buyers have subsidy taken back

From Fox Nation:
Most filers who received government subsidies to buy Obamacare plans had to pay money back to the IRS this year, according to an H&R Block analysis released Monday that looks at the health law’s first full tax season. 
The tax-prep giant studied its own massive customer base and concluded that two-thirds of its filers who got subsidies from Obamacare were overpaid during the course of the year, and owed money back to the IRS on the April 15 deadline. 
They repaid $729 on average, cutting the average refund by about a third. . . .

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4/27/2015

Baltimore mayor: "we also gave space to destroy to those who wanted to do that as well"




What does she think is the long term impact on jobs and prices for people in Baltimore from this policy?  What does she think will be the impact on insurance premiums for businesses and people in Baltimore?

UPDATE: For those who aren't going to take the time to listen to the video, here is the quote:
“I worked with the police and I instructed them to do everything that they could to ensure that the protestors could exercise their right to free speech.  It is a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.  And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to de-escalate.”

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4/26/2015

Newest appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on people’s changing views on guns, Bloomberg’s research director explains why he won’t debate


Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at  Saturday, April 25, 9.22 PM 1 From C-SPAN: "John Lott talked about the new study put out by Pew Research Center which finds that support for gun rights have increased and, for the first time, protecting gun rights is more important than controlling ownership." Lott was originally supposed to be on for an hour to discuss these issues with Ted Alcorn, the research director for Michael Bloomberg's Everytown. But Alcorn would not appear at the same time and insisted that he be allowed to appear after Lott. This clip is from the end of Lott's appearance on C-SPAN. The first caller to Mr. Alcorn segment asked him why he wouldn't appear on air with John Lott and Mr. Alcorn had this response. The rest of Mr. Alcorn's segment is available here. Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at  Saturday, April 25, 9.21 PM   C-SPAN's Washington Journal program listing is available here.

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4/23/2015

74-year-old grandma stops knife wielding robber: "You back off, or I’ll blow your head off"

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A 74-year-old woman in Fort Worth, Texas stopped a robber who had a knife to her throat (a video from the local Fox affiliate is available here):
Jewell Turner, 74, told NBC 5 she was waiting in her minivan outside of her doctor’s office, near the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and 6th Avenue in the city’s Near South Side, when a man tapped on the glass of her driver’s side window.
Turner said she rolled down the window when the man said he needed directions.
“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.” . . .
“I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.” . . .
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4/21/2015

Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass shootings


This past Friday, an Uber driver with a permitted concealed handgun stopped what likely would have been a mass public shooting.  Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the Uber driver had still already taken care of the situation before they arrived. From Mitch Dudek in the Chicago Sun-Times:
An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors. Six blasts from his gun injured a 22-year-old man identified as Everardo Custodio. Custodio suffered wounds to his shin, knee and lower back . . . Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas refused to grant [Custodio] bail on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm. The 47-year-old Uber driver “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said. . . . The Uber driver had dropped off a passenger minutes before the shooting occurred, said Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin. She had no comment on the driver’s actions other than to say the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles. . . . Police patrolling the area heard the shots and arrived to find Custodio on the ground and bleeding. Police also recovered a handgun found near Custodio, Quinn said. . . . [The Uber driver is] a registered gun owner who has a concealed carry license. He doesn’t face any charges. . . .
In a Washington Post column, Eugene Volokh asks: "Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?" The Uber driver case isn't even the first mass public shooting in Chicago that has been stopped by a concealed handgun permit holder. Chicago, July 7, 2014, from Geoff Ziezulewicz in the Chicago Tribune:
A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night . . . One of the victims had noticed a cup of liquor on top of her vehicle and asked attendees of a party next door who it belonged to, Hain said. When she removed it, Denzel A. Mickiel approached her, shouting obscenities and threatening her and her friends, according to Hain and court records. . . . As Mickiel fired at the victims’ vehicle, the military member retrieved his gun and took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to Hain. Two unidentified people also shot at the group, she said. The military service member fired two shots and struck Mickiel twice, she said. A 22-year-old woman in the group was injured by Mickiel in the shooting, suffering wounds to the arm and back, according to court records and Hain. The four victims escaped the melee in two vehicles as two unidentified people continued to shoot at them, Hain said. . . .
Some other cases include Anniston, Alabama, December 1991, J. Neil Schulman in the Los Angeles Times:
. . . two men armed with recently stolen pistols herded 20 customers and employees of a Shoney's restaurant in Anniston, Ala., into the walk-in refrigerator and locked it. Continuing to hold the manager at gunpoint, the men began robbing the restaurant. Then one of the robbers found a customer who had hidden under a table and pulled a gun on him. The customer, Thomas Glenn Terry, legally armed with a .45 semi-automatic pistol, then fired five shots into that robber's chest and abdomen, killing him instantly. The other robber, who was holding the manager at gunpoint, opened fire on Terry and grazed him. Terry returned fire, hitting the second robber several times and wounding him critically. The robbery attempt was over. The Shoney's customers and employees were freed. No one else was hurt. . . .
Muskegon, Michigan, August 1995, The Chronicle:
Plans to slay everyone in the Muskegon, Michigan, store and steal enough cash and jewelry to feed their "gnawing hunger for crack cocaine" fell apart for a band of would-be killers after one of their victims fought back. Store owner Clare Cooper was returning behind the counter after showing three of the four conspirators some jewelry, when one of the group pulled out a gun and shot him four times in the back. Stumbling for the safety of his bullet-proof glass-encased counter, Cooper managed to grab his shotgun and fire as the suspects fled. . . .
Edinboro, Pennsylvania, April 1998, from Robert Moran and Susan Q. Stranahan in the Philadelphia Inquirer
 . . . Yesterday, Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged with fatally shooting John Gillette, 48, a science teacher at James Parker Middle School, as Gillette was chaperoning a prom for Wurst and his eighth-grade class at Nick's Place. After Wurst shot Gillette in the head, police said, the teenager entered the banquet hall where his dressed-up schoolmates were dancing Friday to the final song of the evening, ``My Heart Will Go On,'' from the movie Titanic.
Wurst shot and wounded two students and another teacher, police said, then fled from the hall. None of the three was seriously injured. As the 240 youngsters and teachers ran for cover - some diving into a closet for protection, singing and praying to stay calm - hall owner James Strand grabbed a shotgun and followed Wurst out the door, police said. Strand caught up with Wurst, who lives in nearby McKean, and held him until authorities arrived. . . .
Tyler, Texas, February 2005, Fox News (see also here):
. . . Wilson, a licensed concealed handgun permit holder, heard Arroyo’s shots and saw the commotion from his apartment window. He grabbed a handgun and headed toward the attacker. Arroyo had already wounded several police officers and there was no one left to prevent his rampage. Arroyo had also shot his 22-year-old son and was about ready to shoot him again from very close range when Wilson fired his gun, hitting Arroyo several times in the chest. Arroyo was wearing a bullet resistant vest and flak jacket and Wilson's shots did not seriously wound him. Yet, Wilson’s shots forced Arroyo to come after him, and it used up a couple of minutes of his time. Unfortunately, in the exchange of gunfire, Arroyo eventually fatally shot Wilson. With police arriving, Arroyo fled the scene and was later shot to death by police as they pursued him. . . .
Oklahoma City, December 2009, KWTV NEWS Channel 9:
. . . Police said the man started firing multiple shots in the parking lot of the Tammaron Village apartments around 4 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses said the man initially went into the apartment complex's main office. When employees locked him out, he opened fire in the parking lot. As the man was firing shots, another citizen armed with a gun came around the corner and ordered the gunman to put his weapon down. The gunman dropped his weapon and ran into his father's apartment and barricaded himself inside. . . .
Santa Clara, California, July 26, 2012, Reuters:
. . . 21-year-old Richard Gable Stevens, was subdued after tense moments Monday evening at a shooting range and gun store in this town 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco. "He intended to go out in a blaze of glory," Morec said, noting Stevens had accumulated more than 100 rounds of ammunition for his rented 9mm semi-automatic weapon. "It certainly looks like he intended to take a lot more people out.". . . . After several minutes on the range, however, Stevens returned to the club's gun store and shot at the ceiling. He then herded three store employees out the door into an alley, saying he intended to kill them, Morec said. Unknown to Stevens, one store employee was carrying a .45 caliber handgun concealed beneath his shirt. When Stevens looked away, the employee fired, hitting Stevens several times in the chest and bringing him to the ground. . . . .
Grundy, Virginia, Jan. 16, 2002, Josh White in the Washington Post recounting the testimony of Mikael Gross, one of the two students who had :
. . . Odighizuwa accepted responsibility for the shootings that began after school officials told him that he was failing out of the program. On Jan. 16, 2002, he took a .380-caliber pistol to the offices of Dean L. Anthony Sutin and Prof. Thomas Blackwell and killed them before opening fire on a crowd, killing student Angela Dales, 33, and wounding three others. Odighizuwa was subdued without incident by armed students. . . . -- More details of the attack are available here, including interviews that Lott conducted with the two students who stopped the attack as well as various reporters who covered the case.
Memphis, Tennessee, March 2007, WBIR TV NBC in Knoxville, TN:
Police in Memphis say a gunman firing a pistol beside a busy city street was subdued by two passers-by who were also armed. No one was hurt during the incident that apparently began with a minor traffic accident, but one passing car was believed hit by a bullet. Brothers William Webber and Paul Webber told police they stopped their car and pulled their own pistols when they saw a man firing a handgun yesterday. The brothers said they ordered the man to drop his weapon and then held him at gunpoint until police arrived a few minutes later. Police say the Webbers did not fire their pistols. Police arrested Dementrius Roberson and charged him with reckless endangerment. Police say the Webber brothers and Roberson have licenses to carry firearms. Paul Webber says Roberson was firing across traffic and they couldn't tell why he was shooting. . . .
Colorado Springs, Colorado December 2007, by Solomon Banda with the Associated Press:
After a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, security guard Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray. . . . Assam shot and wounded Murray after he opened fire at New Life Church on Dec. 9, 2007. Murray then killed himself, ending a spree that killed four people in two cities. Assam said volunteering as an armed security guard at the church remains the highlight of her week. . . . Murray began his shooting spree at the Youth With a Mission center in the Denver suburb of Arvada just after midnight Dec. 9. There, he killed Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24. Hours later, he drove 65 miles south to New Life Church in Colorado Springs and began shooting as worshippers left a Sunday service. Sisters Rachel Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed. . . . . Wearing a trench coat and carrying an assault rifle [sic], Murray opened fire in the church complex's parking lot and headed into the church. He walked past a playground, which church spokeswoman Amie Streater said was empty that day because it had been snowing, and entered a hallway that led toward the sanctuary past a children's worship area. Outgunned and stationed near the children, Assam stepped out from a doorway, confronted the gunman and then fired 10 shots from 63 feet away, hitting Murray once in the wrist and twice in a leg. Murray died in the hallway barely 40 feet from where he entered. . . . .
Reno, Nevada, May 2008, KOLO ABC Channel 8:
. . . Winnemucca Police Chief Bob Davidson says the violence erupted around 2:30 A.M. Sunday when a man entered the crowded Players Bar and Grill. He fatally shot two brothers, 20-year-old Jose Torres and his 19-year-old brother, Margarito. The shooter was later identified as 30 year old Ernesto Villagomez. All three were from Winnemucca. According to witnesses, Villagomez at some point stopped to reload his high-capacity handgun and began shooting again when he was shot and killed by another patron - a 48-year-old Reno man who had a valid concealed weapons permit. . . .
College park, Georgia, May 7, 2009, WSB-TV 2
“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey. Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door. “They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department. Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey. That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment. . . .
Spartanburg, South Carolina, March 2012, article by Jenny Arnold at GoUpState.com: 

. . . About 11:20 a.m., Jesse Gates returned to the church. The Rev. Guyton's grandson, Aaron Guyton, 26, was in the recreation building separate from the church and saw Gates get a shotgun from the trunk of his car.

“At that point, I knew I had to do something,” Aaron Guyton said. “I wanted to try to contain him outside.”

Aaron Guyton went into the main building and locked the doors.

Henry Guyton said he was in the pulpit, preaching about how Jesus spoke the word of God and healed the sick, when Gates kicked open the side door of the sanctuary and entered with the shotgun, pointing it at the pastor and congregation.

Church members, including Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder, acted quickly.

Aaron Guyton held Gates at gunpoint, as church members Jesse Smith and Leland Powers held him on the floor and waited for deputies to arrive. The Rev. Guyton said he stepped onto a chair, climbed down a 3-foot bannister surrounding the pulpit and took the shotgun from Jesse Gates. . . .

No shots were fired and no one was injured, according to deputies.

During a news conference Sunday, Wright called Aaron and Henry Guyton, Jesse Smith and Leland Powers “everyday heroes.” . . .

Aurora, Colorado, April 2012, Fox 31 Denver by  Tammy Vigil:
Kiarron Parker rammed his car into another in the church parking lot, got out and attempted to kill multiple church members. He was only able to kill one before a member of the congregation, the nephew of the lady killed, and an off duty police officer, drew his handgun and shot Parker, stopping the killing.
Early, Texas, August, 2012, KTXS ABC Channel 12:
An armed citizen, Vic Stacy, shot and stopped a deranged man who had just murdered two neighbors and was firing at police with a rifle. Stacy made a very long shot with his revolver, three times as far as the perpetrator was from the police officer, who had an AR-15 type rifle.
Portland, Oregon, December 2012 KGW Staff:
 Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire. "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?," he said. The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behinda pillar. He was working on his rifle, said Meli. He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side. The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter. "As I was going down to pull, Isaw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and Iknew if Ifired and missed, I could hit them," he said.. . . I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him, said Meli. Iknow after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself. . . .
March 2014, Plymouth, Pennsylvania, article by Bob Kalinowski Citizensvoice.com
. . . It's the gun prosecutors said Ktytor used to put an end to a 26-year-old man's shooting rampage on Sept. 9, 2012 in Plymouth. Ever since Ktytor, who has a concealed carry license, dropped the killer with several shots on Main Street in Plymouth, . . . In October, the murder suspect, William Allabaugh of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and attempted murder, then was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison. Authorities say Allabaugh critically wounded Stephen Hollman, 30, by shooting him in the head inside Bonnie's Food and Spirits on Main Street. A short time later, Allabaugh fatally shot Scott Luzetsky, 39, outside the bar. Police said both victims were innocent bystanders who didn't provoke the attack by Allabaugh, who was angered he was being kicked out of the bar. Ktytor shot Allabaugh during a gun battle on Main Street after Allabaugh started shooting at him, police said.
July 2014, Darby, Pennsylvania, John Lott in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Other details on the case are available here).
The attacker, Richard Plotts, is a convicted felon, which bans him from legally owning a gun. . . . At Mercy Fitzgerald, caseworker Theresa Hunt was killed when Plotts opened fire during a regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Lee Silverman. Fortunately, the doctor had his own gun and returned fire, hitting Plotts three times and critically wounding him. After firing all the bullets in his gun,  Plotts still had 39 bullets on him, bullets that he could have used to shoot many other people . . .
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2015, NBC Channel 10:

Police say a man likely saved the lives of several people when he shot and killed a gunman inside a West Philadelphia barbershop.

A 40-year-old man was inside Falah Barber Shop Inc. on the 600 block of Preston Street shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday when police say he began fighting with another person inside. . . .

The fight quickly escalated and the 40-year-old man took out his gun and opened fire on customers and barbers, police said. , , ,

As he was shooting, another man outside heard the gunfire, ran into the shop and took out his own gun, according to investigators. He then opened fire, striking the 40-year-old man once in the chest. . . .

"The person who responded was a legal gun permit carrier," said Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Llewellyn. "He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there."

Off-duty police have also had some dramatic cases Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2007, CBS News (note this off-duty officer carried his gun where he was not allowed to do so):
An off-duty police officer having an early Valentine's Day dinner with his wife was credited Tuesday with helping stop a rampage in a crowded shopping mall by an 18-year-old gunman who killed five people before he was cut down.
A day after the shooting, investigators struggled to figure out why a trench-coated Sulejmen Talovic opened fire on shoppers with a supremely calm look on his face. The teenager wanted to "to kill a large number of people" and probably would have killed many more if not for the off-duty officer, Police Chief Chris Burbank said.
Ken Hammond, an off-duty officer from Ogden, north of Salt Lake City, jumped up from his seat at a restaurant after hearing gunfire and cornered the gunman, exchanging fire with him until other officers arrived, Burbank said.
"There is no question that his quick actions saved the lives of numerous other people," the police chief said. . . .
New York Mills, New York, May 2010, WKTV (possibly shouldn't be included in list as it was an off-duty police officer who stopped this attack):
. . . Shortly before 1 p.m. on that Thursday afternoon, Dicken walked into the cellular phone store on Commercial Drive, with a 357 magnum in his hand, and a list in his pocket containing the six names of the AT&T store employees to which he was holding such deep anger, and planned to kill as a result. "The suspect had no prior history," said Lt. Troy Little of the New York State Police. That man with no prior criminal record walked into the store and shot Seth Tyrk, a store employee who was doing no more than working at a computer at his job. Authorities believe Dicken could have been even more successful with his list of six victims, if not for the instantaneous actions of Rome Police Officer Donald J. Moore, who was off-duty, but in the store as a customer at the time of the shooting. "He heard and sees the gun, draws his weapon, and fired," Lt. Little said of Officer Moore's reaction. Officer Moore was carrying his own 40 caliber handgun. "It's his own personal choice," said Moore's boss, Rome Police Chief Kevin Beach. "We do encourage our officers to carry off-duty." . . .
 

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Newest piece at Fox News: Gun control advocates taking a page out of global warming advocates' handbook


My newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
Gun control advocates this month took a page from the global warming activists playbook: the science is settled, so there is no need for debate. 
However, instead of actually reviewing the scientific literature on the subject, Professor David Hemenway at Harvard made a survey of cherry-picked authors.  Surprisingly, he found the vast majority agreed that we need more gun control. 
So let’s look at the details.  He polled authors who had published in the fields of “public health, public policy, sociology, or criminology.”  Most notably, half of the authors picked were within Hemenway’s own field of public health and another third were sociologists/criminologists, followed by public policy and a few economists. It dramatically over weighted those in public health.  It didn’t matter whether the publications even contained any empirical work or were related to the survey questions. 
Authors were asked if they agreed with the statement: "In the United States, guns are used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime.”  Hemenway reports that 73 percent disagreed.  However, many respondents may have believed that there still exists a net benefit from gun ownership — just not enough to say that guns are used defensively “far more often.” 
It is abundantly clear that it matters who you ask and how the questions are asked.  A survey released in February by the Crime Prevention Research Centerconducted by Professor Gary Mauser at Simon Fraser University in Canada found that 88 percent of North American economics researchers agreed with the statement that, in the US, guns were more frequently used for self-defense than for crime. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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4/20/2015

If you want to go to a fast food restaurant where other customers share your political views, here is the list


This list was put together by the Wall Street Journal.  Interestingly, Liberals congregate in only three fast food restaurants.  Conservatives appear more spread out.  Conservatives don't dominate any restaurant the way that Liberals do -- CHIPOTLE and AU BON PAIN.  If you include a restaurant where Liberals are just as likely as not to go to (a rating of 100), you would get a third restaurant: Jack-in-the-box.  By contrast there are six restaurants where Conservatives have a rating of 103 or higher and nine where they are above 100.

It would be interesting to see how Starbucks was for conservatives before their meaningless statement of asking people not to bring guns into their restaurants.

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4/18/2015

Highlights from the Crime Prevention Research Center's first Annual Dinner: Brad Thor, Katie Pavlich, Glenn Reynolds, Dana Loesch, Ted Nugent, and John Lott


cprcduck Recent Media Highlights Video  

Pictures and videos from our talks Brad Thor's Talk -- above picture shows Brad cutting up is Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card _MG_0136 g Katie Pavlich's Talk _MG_0146 Katie
 Glenn Reynolds -- Academic of the Year Award Winner _MG_0197 Glenn Reynolds

Dana Loesch's Talk _MG_0204 Dana  

 Ted Nugent's Talk _MG_0285  

John Lott's Talk _MG_0169

 Our auction was run by Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny _MG_0109 g

 Pictures from the event -- Click on pictures to enlarge
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4/17/2015

Country Music Star Tim McGraw pushes for more gun control

Tim McGraw says that he is headlining a concert for Sandy Hook Promise, not because he supports gun control, but because he supports "education and safety" regarding guns.  No one disagrees with  "education and safety," but the question involves the gun control regulations being pushed by this organization.  If McGraw is raising money for the group, he is helping achieve the gun control regulations that Sandy Hook Promise is lobbying for.  Nicole Hockley's video here talks about her lobbying for "common sense" gun control legislation.
"Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far," McGraw told FOX411 in a statement. "As a gun owner, I support gun ownership. I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that."
The problem is that her push to prevent access to what she calls "high powered weapons," like an AR-15, and her desire to lock up guns can lead to more deaths.  Guns that fire .223 caliber bullets are not "high powered weapons."  If she really wants to ban all rifles that fire that size bullet or larger, she would ban the vast majority of hunting rifles.  Mandating gunlocks emboldens criminals to attack people in their homes and makes it more difficult for people to protect themselves.  As criminals are more successful in committing their crimes, you actually see an increase in the number of deaths.

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