Dr. John Lott -> The Kate Nixon Story vs the gun-free zone in Virginia Beach

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Dr. John Lott -> The Kate Nixon Story vs the gun-free zone in Virginia Beach


This coming week I will be in Las Vegas for Freedomfest, with a debate on Friday (July 19th) and a talk and a book signing on Saturday (July 20th). From Wednesday through Saturday, we will be in booth #601, so please stop by if you get the chance.

With op-eds over the last week in the Washington Post and the New York Daily News, I had pieces in outlets where readers wouldn’t typically see another side of the gun control debate. The piece in the Post talked about the recent massacre in the gun-free zone in Virginia Beach, and let people know about the Kate Nixon story. Nixon wanted to take her permitted concealed handgun with her for protection against the employee who ended up being the killer, but she didn’t do so because she wanted to obey the rules.

The Daily News article talked about Twitter locking my account, but the benefit of the article was more than that. Given the media’s overwhelming reports that the killer was a “right-winger,” the piece also educated people about this killer believed his attack would lead to more gun control and that socialists and environmentalists can also be racists. Besides, social media’s left-wing bias risks having a significant impact on the 2020 elections, and it is crucial that people be made aware of how bad this bias is.

On Friday evening, there were new developments in the Twitter story. I hope that in my next email, I will have conclusive evidence showing whether Twitter is treating all tweets on the New Zealand attack equally.

Even Rush Limbaugh’s show briefly mentioned that Twitter had locked my account. After the Daily News piece, I did some radio shows on Thursday night and Friday, but I haven’t had a chance to put those up yet.

Another op-ed at Fox News with Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter in the Stoneman Douglas High School attack in Florida, critically evaluated the gun control proposals that Democrats were pushing in their first presidential debate in Miami. The debate was held just 50 miles from that high school, and a lot of the focus was on their gun control laws would stop that type of attack from ever happening again. We explain why their proposals aren’t serious responses. Still, another piece discussed former Vice President Joe Biden’s smart gun proposal, that “No gun should be able to be sold unless your biometric measure could pull that trigger.”

TV segments that I did cover everything from Red Flag Laws and what is the most powerful evidence in the gun control debate to whether teachers should carry guns.

We have some new data that we released this past week on mass public shootings since 1998. With all the discussion about having another assault weapon ban, only 13% of mass public shootings are done with any type of rifle. Among the other findings, about 9 in 10 of the attacks are in gun-free zones, more than half the shooters are over age 30 and over 80 percent are at least 21 years of age. 96% are male and 58% are white. Still for many it might be surprising that such a large percentage of these attackers are minorities and that most are much other than K-12 or college age shooters.

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New Data

Breaking down Mass Public Shooting data from 1998 though June 2019: Info on weapons used; gun-free zones; racial, age, and gender demographics



At the Washington Post: What the media miss when talking about guns

In the New York Daily News: Punished for tweeting the truth

At Fox News: Dems and gun control — they want it whether it works or not

Op-ed in nine newspapers across Florida: A reply to gun-control advocates

At Townhall.com: Democrats Keep Pushing Smart Guns


Television/Video interviews

On Fox Nation with Judge Napolitano: On Red Flag Laws and New Jersey’s Large Magazine Ban

On The BlazeTV with Eric Bolling about The Heller Decision, Teachers Carrying Guns, Democrats pushing for new gun control regulations

Television News Bias: CBS’s 60 Minutes show claiming AR-15s are different from other guns


Radio interviews

On the Sandy Rios Show to Discuss a case from NY where a man used his deceased Dad’s gun to stop a criminal attack, but ends up in jail because gun not licensed

On the Michigan Talk Network to discuss When Television News Anchors Become Gun Control Activists

On New England’s giant WBZ: Should teachers carry guns at schools?


Media Bias on Guns

Media Bias on Guns: Gun left for Mother’s protection used in Shooting at School

Media Bias on Guns: Worried that character might be suicidal and only concern is if he has a gun


Media Coverage

The Rush Limbaugh show briefly mentions Twitter locking John Lott’s account

Crime Prevention Research Center in the News: Breitbart, ZeroHedge, Business & Politics Review, Campus Safety, and much more


Other News

Twitter has blocked John Lott’s Twitter account for Tweeting about the New Zealand mosque shooter, won’t explain

Twitter rejects appeal to unlock John Lott’s account, still with no explanation

Spain’s right wing party seeks looser arms control laws


John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
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