5/26/2016

Another list of vote fraud cases

For those who claim that there isn't vote fraud, you might find this site challenging.

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5/25/2016

New book out by my friend Frank Buckley that is well worth your time to read

I put up a review at Amazon.com on Frank Buckley's new book "The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America."  My review is available here.  Highly recommended.

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5/24/2016

Hundreds of dead people voting in Southern California, mainly in Los Angeles County

From CBS channel 2 in Los Angeles:
A comparison of records by David Goldstein, investigative reporter for CBS2/KCAL9, has revealed hundreds of so-called dead voters in Southern California, a vast majority of them in Los Angeles County. 
“He took a lot of time choosing his candidates,” said Annette Givans of her father, John Cenkner. 
Cenkner died in Palmdale in 2003. Despite this, records show that he somehow voted from the grave in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. 
But he’s not the only one. 
CBS2 compared millions of voting records from the California Secretary of State’s office with death records from the Social Security Administration and found hundreds of so-called dead voters. . . .

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5/20/2016

On WMAL's Mornings on the Mall to talk about the Federal Judge striking down DC's Concealed Handgun Rules

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CPRC's Dr. John Lott was interviewed on WMAL with Brian Wilson and Larry O'Connor about a federal judge's decision to strike down DC's very restrictive concealed handgun law as too restrictive.  A copy of the decision is available here

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On WMAL about Federal Judge's decision to Strike Down DC's concealed handgun law

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CPRC's Dr. John Lott was interviewed for a brief news segment about a federal judge's decision to strike down DC's very restrictive concealed handgun law as too restrictive.  A copy of the decision is available here.  The first quote here was edited to leave out Lott's reference to poor blacks in urban areas being the most likely victims of violent crime.  The quote contains Lott's concern that those who are most likely to be victims of violent crimes are the ones who are being prevented from being able to protect themselves, but the middle of the quote was edited out (possibly for time considerations). 

-- (Link here: May 17, 2016 from 4:00 to 4:01 PM and replayed many other times).

-- (Link here: May 18, 2016 from 7:02 to 7:03 AM and replayed other times).

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New York Times notes how Hillary Clinton tailors her gun control message to her audience


In a recent op-ed I noted how Hillary Clinton was tailoring her gun control message to her audience.  Now even the New York Times notes that:



On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton avoided speaking about gun control in rural white regions of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, whose blue-collar voters will be desperately fought for by any Democratic nominee against Mr. Trump. A disparaging comment by Mr. Obama in 2008, who said that these voters cling to guns and religion, did much damage.

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5/19/2016

Four recent concealed carry defensive gun use cases over a two day period

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WPTV Channel 5 in West Palm Beach, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police said a 27-year-old man faces multiple charges in connection with a hit-and-run crash and road rage incident Tuesday.
At about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of SE Lennard Rd. and SE Avalon Rd. in connection with the wreck.
The victim told police he was at his girlfriend’s house around 4 a.m. The couple was awakened by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, Claudens R. Germain, who was knocking at the door.
A short time later, the victim said he left his girlfriend’s house and was driving northbound on SE Lennard Road. He then noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed behind him.
He said the vehicle cut him off and then stopped in front of him. The victim said he armed himself with a handgun, which police said he has a concealed weapons permit to legally carry.
Mentally ill man who was threatening others is shot when he lunges at permit holder
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KHOU Channel 11 in Houston, Wednesday, May 11, 2016
HOUSTON - Gunfire rang out at an office building near NRG Stadium Wednesday.
A man who apparently had mental health issues was killed after witnesses said he became violent, HPD officers said.
No one else was injured.
It happened on the fifth floor of the Community Health Choice building at 2636 South Loop.
Police say the dead man had an appointment with a counselor at a center for people with mental disabilities. The staff decided to reschedule because he said he wasn't feeling well. The man left and came back within half an hour and had a "mental episode," according to police. . . .
The staff, mostly women, felt threatened so they locked the doors. That's when the man went next door to a tax consulting business. The owner of the business fired one shot at the man and killed him, police said. The man's attorney said the victim lunged at his client and he felt threatened. . . .
Robber shot dead by Concealed Handgun Permit Holder
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Tampa Bay Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
RIVERVIEW — A man who tried to rob three other men at a convenience store on Tuesday was killed when one of his intended victims fatally shot him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The attempted robbery took place around noon at Ace Beverage Castle at 9401 U.S. 301 S. Joel Alberto Torres, 24, wearing a bandana and carrying a 9 mm handgun, walked up to a man who was standing behind the business and tried to rob him, deputies said. When the man told him he had nothing to give, Torres forced him through a back door into the building. . . .
Inside, Torres tried to rob the business owners . . . The man who shot Torres was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, but he does have a concealed carry permit. . . .
Robbery at Mexican Restaurant shot and killed
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Phoenix (KPHO/KTVK Channel 3), May 10, 2016
A man was shot and killed after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Police were called out to the area of 27th Avenue and Camelback Road just after 9 p.m.
According to Sgt. Vince Lewis with the Phoenix Police Department, a person associated with Taco Mich admitted to shooting 35-year-old Cesar Garcia Bermudez. Lewis said Bermudez robbed the restaurant with a weapon.
Bermudez was found nearby and was taken to the hospital where he later died. . . .

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Texas becomes the Third State with over a million Concealed Handgun Permit Holders, with 5.3% of adult population

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Texas is now the third state that has more than a million active concealed handgun permit holders.  As of April 30th they had 1,017,618 permit holders, about 5.3% of the adult population.  The map above shows the percent of the population with concealed handgun permits and for five counties the percent of the adult population with permits.
As of April 30th, Florida had 1,567,359 valid permits -- 10.4% of the adult population.
As of January 20, 2016, Pennsylvania had 1,112,172 permits-- 11.5% of the adult population.
Just these three states alone have 3,697,149.

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5/13/2016

Higher minimum wage causes Wendy's to have self-service ordering kiosks at its 6,000-plus restaurants, McDonald’s close behind

From Investor's Business Daily:
Wendy’s (WEN) said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages. 
It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes. 
McDonald’s (MCD) has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion. 
Wendy’s Penegor said company-operated stores, only about 10% of the total, are seeing wage inflation of 5% to 6%, driven both by the minimum wage and some by the need to offer a competitive wage “to access good labor.” 
It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost squeeze than company restaurants. All 258 Wendy’s restaurants in California, where the minimum wage rose to $10 an hour this year and will gradually rise to $15, are franchise-operated. Likewise, about 75% of 200-plus restaurants in New York are run by franchisees. New York’s fast-food industry wage rose to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 in the rest of the state at the start of 2016, also on the way to $15. . . .
Just a couple of months ago in March, Carl's Jr and Hardee's were talking about automating their restaurants.
Overregulation: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO Andy Puzder has people all in a huff over his idea to automate restaurants. But why be upset with Puzder? This is an inevitable consequence of massive minimum wage hikes by the government. 
“I want to try it,” CEO Puzder told Business Insider. He’s looking at something “where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person.” 
Is he being heartless? No. Just responding to the government’s foolish plans to jack up the minimum wage and put restaurants, hotels, bars and other service industries out of business. “With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” said Puzder. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.” 

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5/05/2016

On The Lars Larson Show: The President's Smart Gun Agenda

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CPRC's President, Dr. John Lott, talks with host Lars Larson about the President pushing for smart gun technology. There are issues with this technology that the president is not discussing. These guns are vulnerable to being jammed by radio signal jammer technology which will make them inoperable. As we know all too well with smartphones, fingerprint recognition technology is often slow and can malfunction. When your life may depend on a fingerprint being read in a split second for your gun to function, you want it to work.
These guns cost a great deal of money, preventing many Americans from being able to own them. This could be a real issue should these smart guns end up being mandated in the future.
(Friday, April 29, 2016 from 7:50 to 7:55 PM)

The interview is available here.


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Huge increases in health insurance premiums to hit right before the November election

The death spiral for health insurers.  Higher prices will mean that more young people will drop their insurance and lead to higher losses and higher premiums.  From Politico:
The last thing Democrats want to contend with just a week before the 2016 presidential election is an outcry over double-digit insurance hikes as millions of Americans begin signing up for Obamacare. 
But that looks increasingly likely as health plans socked by Obamacare losses look to regain their financial footing by raising rates. 
Just a week after the nation’s largest insurer, UnitedHealth Group, pulled out of most Obamacare exchanges because it anticipates $650 million in losses this year, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable. 
“I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but they didn’t expect this much red ink,” said Greg Scott, who oversees Deloitte’s health plans practice. "A number of carriers need double-digit increases.” . . .
One big reason is lower-than-expected enrollment of younger, often healthier people who balance the costs of those who require more costly care. Roughly 12.7 million Americans signed up for Obamacare plans during the most recent open enrollment period. That’s far below the 22 million projected by the Congressional Budget Office, and it’s certain to decline as some drop out. 
“The pool is far less healthy than we forecast,” said Brad Wilson, CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, which says it lost $400 million on its exchange business during the first two years and is weighing whether to compete for Obamacare customers in 2017. “That’s an issue not just here in North Carolina, but all over. … We need more healthy people in the pool.” . . .


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5/04/2016

On the Big WIBC to talk with Greg Garrison about Hillary Clinton's changing views on Guns

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talked to WIBC's Greg Garrison about Hillary Clinton's views on the Second Amendment as well as the gun buyback in Australia. (12:45 to 1 PM, Monday, May 2, 2016)

The interview is available here.

I also talk to Greg about Ted Cruz (interview available here).

5/03/2016

On The Steve Gruber Show: Discussion on Army Chief of Staff objecting to soldiers being armed while on base. Also a discussion on the taxing of a fundamental right

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spoke with host Steve Gruber about Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley saying that an 8 minute response time in an active shooter situation is adequate. The General objects to soldiers being able to carry weapons on military bases. Dr. Lott explains that this stance may be politically influenced by the Obama Administration. The General possibly does not want his military career impacted in a negative way if his views don't line up with the administration.
(April 12, 2016 6:45am 6:51am)


I also spoke with host Steve Gruber about the new gun-control law drafted by the attorney general of the Marianas Islands which imposes a $1,000 a year excise tax on each gun purchased.
(April 19, 2016 6:45am-6:52am)


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On the Larry Elder Show to discuss Australia's Gun Buyback and the comparison with the Cash for Clunker's Program

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CPRC's John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about Australia's gun buyback and discussed his testimony before the Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee.  They also talked about Hillary Clinton's comparison of the gun buyback to Obama's Cash for Clunkers program. (8:40 to 8:55 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016)

The segment for the radio show is available here.

On The Brett Winterble Show: Harriet Tubman (black, gun-toting, evangelical Christian, Republican Woman) to be new face of $20 bill

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Dr. Lott speaks with host Brett Winterble (760 KFMB in San Diego) about Harriet Tubman replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill and why this should be viewed as a positive thing for conservatives. There is also a discussion on Hillary Clinton saying the NRA is trying to intimidate elected officials. Dr. Lott explains that Bloomberg spends significantly more on pushing gun control than the NRA does on the other side. If spending money intimidates people, then the reverse is massively true.
(April 21, 2016 3:35pm-3:47pm PST)

See here and here.




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5/02/2016

At Fox News on new California Initiative to require background checks on ammunition purchases

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Fox News has a news story on a new initiative being offered by California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.  The initiative has includes proposals either not approved by the the Democrat controlled legislature because they were viewed as unworkable or vetoed by the governor.
. . .  Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime who founded and heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety, called the initiative “racist.” 
“The question is who are you stopping from owning a firearm or getting hold of ammunition – in this case it is law-abiding, poor blacks and Hispanics who won’t be able to afford the cost of ammunition, which will rise with the cost associated with required background checks for ammunition purchases.” . . . 
Lott said many of the claims by Newsom and the Safety for All ballot initiative website are inaccurate, something that also drew the attention of Politifact, the independent fact-checking organization that won a Pulitzer Prize for calling out politicians' false claims. 
“Politifact called Newsom's rhetoric "mostly false” and said he used “pseudo data” that is “out of context and is done in a way which is calculated to cause confusion,” Hanisee said. . . .

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On National Public Radio: Trying to discuss the problems with the Gun Violence Archive

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National Public Radio did a report on Mark Bryant's Gun Violence Archive, where he collects cases of gun deaths and crimes.  But there is a reason we should rely on FBI and CDC data before we rely on what Bryant has put together.  You simply can’t use media reports to determine what happened in cases.  The FBI and CDC also has national standards that allow you to make sure that you are putting together similar cases.
 
The discussion on this show of defensive gun uses is not very useful.  NPR had Bryant make his point first, a partial discussion by John Lott, and then Bryant's response.  Lott's point wasn't that all these cases aren’t reported to anyone.  Some aren’t, but what Lott had argued during the part of the interview that was edited out was two fold:
1) Media reports rarely cover cases where people use guns defensively.  If someone uses a gun defensively and the criminal runs away (as occurs in virtually all defensive gun uses), that is simply not going to be considered newsworthy even if it is reported to the newspaper.  If you believe media accounts actually get virtually all the defensive gun uses, you would have to believe that about 85% of the defensive gun uses end in the criminal being killed.  No one believes that.  It is just that those cases are more newsworthy than cases where the criminal is wounded.  Only a few percent of the cases seem to involve cases where no one is harmed. 
2) There is no standard reporting for police even when they are told about DGUs.  There are no reporting forms for police.  Police do not report these cases to the FBI.  Justifiable homicides are in theory reported by the police to the FBI, but that data for civilians is even worse than it is for the police, and I suspect you have heard how horribly bad the police data is.
Bryant was inaccurate when he claimed that Lott said that concealed handgun laws in Chicago were responsible for the drop in violent crime after the law being in effect for just a month.  In fact, after the law had been in effect for a year-and-a-half Lott said "it is very doubtful that permitted concealed could have a significant impact on crime rates."
 


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4/26/2016

Why Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe can't give felons right to vote without restoring their right to own guns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe has given felons in Virginia the right to vote without allowing them the right to own a gun.  His executive order will let murderers and rapists will be able to serve on juries.  Say someone has committed multiple violent crimes.  Is there an argument to be made that we have learned something about that individual's preferences?  Presumably this is the argument for why McAuliffe doesn't want to restore their rights to own guns.  But why then Virginians would want to let violent criminals help make public policy and serve on juries?
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power. . . .
The action . . .has the potential to expand the state’s voter rolls, currently estimated at about 5.4 million, by as much as 3.8 percent. . . .
In his speech, McAuliffe anticipated a strong response from Republicans, who said the order’s lack of distinction between violent crimes and less serious offenses will give murderers and rapists the right to vote, serve on juries, hold public office and notarize documents. . . .
McAuliffe’s order does not restore firearm rights. The ability to purchase and own a gun still would require court action. . . .
But McAuliffe action faces a significant problem.  From Article II, Section 1 of the Virginia Constitution:
No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. 

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Newest National Review piece: "On Guns, Clinton Runs Both Left and Right, Depending on Her Audience"

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CPRC's John Lott has a new piece at National Review on Hillary Clinton's views on gun control.
What does Hillary Clinton really believe on guns? This year, she is running to the left of Bernie Sanders. In 2008, she ran well to the right of Obama, arguing against any kind of federal “blanket rules.” 
On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave an address at Philadelphia’s St. Paul’s Baptist Church. With a nod to Pennsylvania’s high rate of gun ownership, she declared: “There is a Second Amendment, there are constitutional rights. We aren’t interested in taking away guns of lawful, responsible gun owners.” 
But in New York City in the fall, she told donors: “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment, and I am going to make that case every chance that I get.” In Maryland last Thursday, Chelsea Clinton reiterated that point, promising that her mom would appoint to the Supreme Court justices who would overturn past decisions that struck down local and state gun-control measures. Given that the only laws that the Supreme Court has objected to are complete gun bans or laws that made it a crime to chamber a bullet, one wonders what “constitutional rights” Clinton was talking about preserving in Philadelphia. 
Clinton has shown this split personality on guns at other points in the campaign. In the month leading up to the New Hampshire primary, gun control was the focus of a quarter of her campaign ads there. By contrast, she ran not a single gun-control ad in rural areas of Iowa. In Iowa as a whole, only 6 percent of her ads discussed guns in any way. 
When asked last October about gun laws in the U.K. and Australia, Clinton responded by extolling their virtues. She spoke highly of the U.K.’s handgun ban and of Australia’s confiscation of a third of legally owned guns. She failed to note that the U.K.’s homicide rate soared by 50 percent in the eight years after the handgun ban took full effect in 1997. The rate later fell, but only after an 18 percent increase in the number of police. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.

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4/22/2016

Tennessee legislature makes major moves to get rid of gun-free zones at public universities and businesses

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By overwhelming votes, the Tennessee legislature passed two bills that get rid of gun-free zones at public universities and provides immunity to businesses if they don't post ban.  CPRC's John Lott testified on both bills when they started in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

The gun-free zones at public universities allows "full-time employees of state public colleges or universities to carry a handgun while on property owned, operated, or used by the employing college or university if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit."  This bill passed by a 28 to 5 vote in the state Senate and 69 to 24 in the state House.  Republican Gov. Bill Haslam might veto the bill because it didn't give the institutions the power to opt out, but with a 85 to 15 percent vote in the Senate and a 74 to 26 percent in the House, there are more than enough votes to over ride a veto.  It was the Senate version of the bill that was passed.

The other bill "provides immunity to the business/entity if the business doesn't post" signs banning permitted concealed handguns.  This bill passed by a 26 to 4 vote in the state Senate and by 77 to 12 in the state House.  The governor hasn't spoken out on this bill, but even if he were to veto it, it looks as if it would be easy to override the veto.

Taken together these two bills will make a major difference in eliminating gun-free zones in the state.  Tennessee will be the 13th state that is ending gun-free zones on college campuses.  The immunity bill appears to be the first one in the country.

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