With the mass murder of 149 people in the French Alps, John Lott talked to Neil Cavuto on Fox News about proposed changes that would allow psychiatrists to tell employers about their private patients. They talked about a piece that Lott had a Fox News.
Perry Chiaramonte’s news article has this discussion of the CPRC and our survey that Gary Mauser oversaw of economists and their views on gun control:
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the vaunted New York institution that hands out the annual Pulitzer prizes, is sponsoring the session through its Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Also helping to bankroll the event, in Phoenix May 29-30, is Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit, pro-gun control group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A series of speakers has been lined up and, critics say, it ensures reporters will be peppered with an anti-Second Amendment message.
“Of the 15 speakers at the workshop to train journalists, 13 are gun control advocates,” said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and frequent opinion writer for FoxNews.com. “All the academic researchers who look at the safety and crime aspects of guns and all the law enforcement are strong gun control advocates. Journalism schools are supposed to train journalists to present both sides of the issue, not just present the views of their donors, in this case Michael Bloomberg.” . . .
Lott said reflexively putting individual gun crimes in a broader context raises a red flag, as does involvement of Bloomberg’s group, whose methodology has been criticized by Lott’s institute in the past. A recent survey by the Crime Prevention Research Center found Everytown for Gun Safety, which publishes studies and statistics widely cited by the media, relies on economists and researchers who share Bloomberg’s views on gun use in crime.
Lott, author of the 1998 book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” believes research proves allowing more law-abiding citizens to carry guns could actually reduce crime. . . .
The rest of the news article is available here. On the conservative side are commentator S.E. Cupp and (tentatively) lawyer David Kopel. The Dart Center labels Cupp as a conservative, but doesn’t even label the gun control advocates as such. Here are some more details.
The two law enforcement officers
Clarence W. Dupnik, the Sheriff of Pima County Arizona — CBS notes: “Dupnik ” for lax gun laws and said the state had become ‘the Tombstone of the United States of America.’
Roberto A. Villaseñor, Chief of the Tuscon Police Department — He strongly supported Obama’s gun control proposals.
The research academics
Roseanna Ander, MPH, is the founding Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab — “We absolutely have a sub-optimal federal policy right now on guns, and a lot of the things that [Obama] outlined are really important and promising.”
Philip J. Cook, PhD, is ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Duke University — supports “a ban on assault weapons” and many other gun control measures, but says that the 1994 to 2004 ban didnt’ go far enough.
Jim MacMillan is the program manager for the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University — supports the notion that “Policy-based solutions seem simple: fewer guns would equal fewer deaths.”
Jill Messing, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University
Garen J. Wintemute, MD, MPH, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of the UC Davis — “The assault weapons ban was a great idea.” “Gun policy in the US . . . reflects the priorities of a radical fringe of gun owners.”
Lawrence E. Rosenthal is a professor at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University — strongly for gun control
David B. Kopel, JD, (tentatively confirmed) is Research Director of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colorado — against more gun control
Journalists and others:
Marc Cooper is an award winning journalist — supports “weakening of concealed carry laws.”
Tim Evans is the Consumer Advocate for the Indianapolis Star — journalist who has written uncritical stories on Bloomberg’s gun control groupls
Jennifer Longdon is a Phoenix-based speaker, writer, and activist — Mother Jones labels as a “gun-reform advocate.”
S.E. Cupp is a conservative columnist, author and commentator.
UPDATE: Other news coverage of the Columbia J-School workshop is available here.
The CPRC is releasing a new survey entitled: “Economists’ views on guns: Crime, suicides, and right-to-carry concealed handgun laws.” The survey of economists conducted from August 25th to September 12th 2014 found interesting results including:
Other survey questions are available here.
John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:
There has been a lot of second-guessing about Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed his plane into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 others. If only Lufthansa had regular mental evaluations of pilots, if only people at the airline knew what obvious signs to look for, this tragedy could have been avoided.
But psychiatrists know that isn’t true. It isn’t just fellow workers who fail to pick up the supposed subtle hints that indicate that someone might be a danger to themselves or others. “We have no indication what could have led the co-pilot to commit this terrible act,” said Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s chief executive.
Psychiatrists themselves have a very poor record. Identifying mental illness is a long way from thinking that the person poses a danger. Look at the inability of psychiatrists to identify mass shooters. It’s very common for mass killers to be seeing psychiatrists before their attacks, including Elliot Rodger (Santa Barbara), Ivan Lopez (the most recent Fort Hood shooter), Adam Lanza (Sandy Hook elementary school), James Holmes (Aurora, Colo., movie theater), and Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech).
Rodger had already been receiving top-quality mental-health counseling for years. Indeed, one of his psychiatrists, Dr. Charles Sophy, is nationally known and medical director for the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. . . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.
Of course, the piece only gives recent cases, but this failure to predict mass shooters goes way back. Even Charles Whitman, the University of Texas shooter in 1966, was seeing multiple doctors and a psychologist. He saw the staff psychiatrist at the University of Texas Health Center, Maurice Dean Heatly, on March 29, 1966. Unfortunately, neither the psychiatrist nor the other doctors diagnosed Whitman’s brain tumor that was the size of golf ball. The autopsy on Whitman revealed that tumor could very well have been the cause of his actions.
We received this question again today, so we thought that we would provide our readers with a short answer to it.
“Did Adam Lanza switching magazines save lives because kids could escape while he was making the switch?”
If you look at times where guns have jammed in mass shootings (e.g., Aurora and Tucson), it has been because of the large capacity magazines. Fatigue in the spring can prevent the last few bullets from feeding properly into the gun. Large magazines require extremely strong springs to push the last few bullets into the chamber, and even a little fatigue in the metal of the spring can prevent the last few bullets from loading properly. The fatigue arises in part because people sometimes leave bullets stored in the magazines.Bans on large capacity magazines will primarily limit law-abiding citizens. A magazine, which is basically a metal box with a spring, is trivially easy to make and virtually impossible to stop criminals from obtaining. The 1994 legislation banned magazines holding more than 10 bullets yet had no effect on crime rates.Law-abiding citizens will obey this ban. Permit holders who carry in public usually just carry the magazine that is in their gun. Limiting the size of their magazine thus limits how many bullets they will have with them. But someone who is planning on engaging in a mass shooting and planning this many months or years in advance can obtain a large magazine if that is really what they want. Even if they somehow can’t get a large magazine, they will be able to take a lot of smaller magazines with them because they know that they will be using them, thus putting them at an advantage over their law-abiding victims.
From WCPO-TV Channel 9 in Cincinnati about a defensive gun use in Dayton, Ohio:
But Jawaad Jabbar got there too late and the shoes were gone. . . .
So Jabbar went outside to the sidewalk and pulled a gun on a man who had just bought the shoes, Phares said.
Only, the man had a gun, too.
“The person who he tried to take the shoes from had a valid carry concealed weapon permit through Ohio, and when he was threatened with a firearm he drew his firearm and discharged it into the juvenile, who then died as a result of a single gunshot wound,” Phares said. . . .
Police caught the other teens. They are in detention in Montgomery County awaiting charges.
They could face murder charges if it is determined that they had prior knowledge or were a party to the robbery.
The Dayton Mall was posted as a gun-free zone. Of course, that didn’t stop the robber from having his gun. Fortunately, the victim also appears to have taken his gun with him. As the video notes, when the victim used his gun to defend himself he was off of school property, but he undoubtedly had to have the gun with him in the mall. The Mall didn’t want to press charges against him.
John Lott talking about the latest results from the General Social Survey that claims gun ownership is falling
DOJ report on Ferguson
John Lott talked to Jim Bohannon from 10:30 to 11 PM EST, Friday, March 13, 2015 (audio)
– “researcher talks about the results of his survey on restaurant policies in the city” Aired on the Sportsman Channel 03/25/15
— “Concealed Carry Holders Even More Law-Abiding Than Law Enforcement” Aired on the Sportsman Channel 02/25/15
With overwhelming votes in the state House (85-39) and Senate (31-8), a Constitutional Carry bill has been sent to Kansas Governor Brownback who is expected to sign it. In Mississippi, a bill that would allow those who carry a gun “in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case” will be allowed to carry without a permit. The House passed the bill by 103-15. The Senate is posed to pass it and the governor has already said that he will sign it. The Mississippi bill would seem to make it so that women will be more likely to carry than men. Utah also is pushing Constitutional Carry, but it has farther to go (the state Senate passed the bill by a veto proof 21 to 6, the state House won’t pick it up until next year).
Kansas and Mississippi will then join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming, and Vermont that allow people carry anywhere in a state without a permit. Idaho and Montana allow people to carry outside of city limits without a permit, in Montana that means one can carry without a permit in 99.4% of the state. West Virginia almost joined the list of these states with overwhelming bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29), but the governor vetoed the bill after the legislature had adjourned for the year. That said, there is a good chance the veto will be overridden next year.
On the Kansas bill, the Topeka Capital-Journal has this note:
The House and Senate gave approval to a controversial bill Wednesday authorizing people over 21 years of age to carry concealed any type of firearm without obtaining weapons training or securing a state license.
It has been legal for nine years to carry concealed in Kansas with a permit. About 90,000 people have obtained that license after undergoing a background check, completing a safety program and paying a fee. State law also allows open carry of firearms.
Repeal of Kansas’ permit mandate for conceal-carry was framed as a reflection of the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the 2010 amendment added to the Kansas Constitution.
Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady, a Palco Republican and the House’s chief advocate of Senate Bill 45, referred to the existing training requirement tied to acquisition of conceal-carry licenses in Kansas as a waste of time.
“It’s simply a feel-good measure,” Couture-Lovelady said. “This bill is about freedom and liberty. No more tests. No more fees. No license. Carrying guns is a lifestyle and government should trust its citizens.” . . .
In Kansas, Constitutional Carry would dramatically lower the fee from $150 to zero and the training requirement from 8 hours to zero.
In Mississippi, Constitutional Carry for those with purses and bags would save them the $132 permit fee though no training ($82 for renewal). For those who will still need to get permits, the cost will be reduced to at most $112 ($72 for renewal).
In West Virginia, it currently costs $100 to get a permit and training is required.