Faced with withering criticism of a study of mass shootings in 171 countries over 46 years, a University of Alabama professor is refusing to share the data he used to report his findings.
Adam Lankford published a study in the journal “Violence and Victims” claiming that more mass shootings occur in countries with more guns. When challenged, however, Lankford refused to provide any details to back up his findings, such as how he compiled data from poor, non-English speaking developing countries going back almost a half-century. “Lankford does not claim to be able to read all the languages used in those 171 nations, or to have made use of others with this ability,” said Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck. “This method would result in near-total omission of relevant news stories outside of the English-speaking part of the world.”
Lankford also refused to provide FoxNews.com his data, saying he may share his methods with fellow scholars at a later date. Editors at “Violence and Victims” said it was not their job to fact-check content, saying the study was reviewed by two unnamed “established researchers with expertise in … gun-related violence”—which is often code for “gun-control advocates.”
This lack of transparency casts major doubt on Lankford’s findings. “No qualified scholar would accept work by a researcher who could not, or would not, even explain exactly how he measured his most important variable,” Kleck said.
Clinton Lies To Gun Owners In Acceptance Speech
In her acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton tried to reassure gun owners with the same false promises she has been using for the past several years.
“I'm not here to repeal the Second Amendment,” she said. “I'm not here to take away your guns.”
Of course that’s a lie, as her past statements easily prove. She has said, “The Supreme Court got it wrong on the Second Amendment” in referring to the decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which simply stated that Americans have a basic right to keep a firearm in their homes for self-defense. She embraced forced confiscation and destruction of all manners of privately owned firearms when she said “Certainly, the Australia example is worth looking at.” And on ABC’s “This Week” in early June, Clinton twice refused to answer whether she believes an individual’s right to keep and bear arms is a constitutional right, instead bragging about a “right” of the federal government to restrict gun ownership.
Another Obama Legacy: More Women Carrying Guns
Women are obtaining concealed-carry permits at twice the pace of men. At least, that’s been the case during President Barack Obama’s second term.
A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center brings to light some interesting statistics compiled from the years of Obama’s presidency. Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has risen to more than 14.5 million. The total proportion of the adult population with permits now stands at 6.06 percent.
Women represent the biggest movers. Of the states that provide data by gender, the last four years show the number of women seeking concealed carry permits has doubled that of men.
So what has this increase in permit holders brought? Lower crime rates. Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 per 100,000 people—a 16 percent drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18 percent. In other words—more guns, less crime.
Oregon And Washington Groups Push Semi-Auto Gun Bans To Erect “West Coast Wall”
Anti-gun groups in Oregon and Washington state hope to gather enough signatures in the next six to nine months to pressure lawmakers to ban semi-automatic so-called “assault weapons” in the two states, as California has already done, Q13 Fox reports.
“Creating a West Coast wall of California, Oregon and Washington is necessary to stop would-be shooters,” said Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon, which together with Washington Ceasefire is pushing the gun bans, along with bans on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Although they point to the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., as justification for their proposed bans, they don’t address the fact that those killers weren’t stopped by California’s anti-gun laws any more than the terrorist shooters in Paris and Munich were stopped by their countries’ gun bans.
Switzerland Gun Sales Increase After Terror Attacks, Violent Crime Remains Low
Firearm sales increased by almost 50 percent in parts of Switzerland after the terror attacks in Paris last year and Brussels this spring. Additionally, purchases have increased even more after murders—by a machete-wielding Syrian in Germany and a Tunisian who killed at least 84 by hitting them with a truck in France—earlier this month, USA Todayreports.
Gun control is also not particularly popular in the country: As USA Today points out, privately owned rifles and semi-automatic long guns are exempt from background-check and permit requirements; military service is required; and military firearms are kept in homes—which historians credit for Germany never invading Switzerland during World War II.
Detroit Man Stops Carjacking, Shooting One Suspect
It’s known as the home of the big three automakers, but last Monday it was also the scene of a failed carjacking.
On Detroit’s west side, a 37-year-old man watched as two men in a dark-colored Chevy Impala pulled up next to his car. One of the men was holding a gun. The victim was told to leave his car at gunpoint, a request he carried out. However, the victim was carrying a concealed pistol license—as well as a gun of his own.
The CPL holder pulled his firearm, shooting at the suspects who returned fire. One suspect was struck in the leg and fled back to the Impala. That 28-year-old prospective felon was found at a nearby hospital shortly after midnight, where he was arrested. The second suspect is still on the loose, and Detroit police are asking the public for any information on his identity.