Quote of the day—John R. Lott, Jr.

While the FBI claims that just 4.4% of active shootings were stopped by law-abiding citizens carrying guns, the percentage that I found was 34%. We had more lucky finding recent cases, and the proportion of cases stopped in 2021 was even higher – 49%.

In places where law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms, the percentage of active shootings stopped is above 50% for the entire 2014 to 2021 period. And, again, we are more confident that we have more of the cases from recent years. The figure reaches a lofty 58% in 2021.

In order to follow the FBI’s definition, I also had to exclude 24 cases because a law-abiding person with a gun stopped the attacker before he was able to get off a shot.

But there is a more basic problem in the reliance on news coverage to determine whether an active shooting was stopped by an armed civilian. The news media has a clear bias for covering cases where bad things happen over cases where bad things are prevented.

John R. Lott, Jr.
President, Crime Preven9on Research Center
December 15, 2022
Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
[Via David Hardy.

I’m not sure where I heard it, but someone else commented on a related matter that they asked a reporter or editor why they didn’t report on successful self-defense use of guns. The answer was, “We don’t want to encourage that.” Yet, they apparently have no problem reporting on, also known as “encouraging”, mass shootings.

That should tell you all you need to know about the character of such people.—Joe]


6 thoughts on “Quote of the day—John R. Lott, Jr.

  1. And under the left’s crystal logic. Whom do they call to stop mass shooters? Why, men with guns of course.
    So, if a well-practiced citizen were there with firearm in hand?
    Disconnect. “We don’t want to encourage that.”
    The communists just can’t mentally handle the fact that they (and government in general), are mostly useless. And have been proven so, so many times that it is as predictable as gravity.
    Professor Lot has provided the evidence to many times to count. Good on him.
    And yet they persist, and we allow it.
    We know their insane, but what of us at this point?

  2. The media, writ large, is evil. They are Marxists who want to use government power to stomp on anyone they disagree with, and as soon as everyone agrees, they’ll change the rules and/or the narrative and outgroup another section and stomp on them. And repeat until all groups they might ever disagree with are stamped out, and from that destruction will arise, organically, the perfect system. Yes, it’s stupid. But at the core of it that is what the “thought leaders” on the left actually believe is needed to free man from tyranny and oppression….

  3. Lies, damn lies and statistics. Who cares whether more shootings are stopped or not. We don’t have to JUSTIFY the exercise of a RIGHT with statistics. Stop playing that game because the left ALWAYS WINS…..they simply change the rules to whatever they like.

    • We have to, and can, win on fronts.

      Legally, practically, and philosophically. We have the winning hands. We can’t neglect any of them. We might totally, unconditionally, defeat them.

      • Playing the “statistics game” with the left is pointless. They
        either ignore the numbers they don’t like or change the rules to insure they win. They are immune to reason, logic and fact. It’s simply NOT POSSIBLE to defeat them at a contest where they control ALL the rules. Our side has enjoyed some successes lately. And you can thank Trump for much of that by his appointing some truly conservative judges at the Federal level. Enjoy it while it lasts. Because the left is NEVER going to lose another election they don’t want to lose…..EVER. That means that eventually all the reasonable judges will be replaced by good commie stooges and they will start overturning and reversing all the 2A wins we’ve had recently.

        You simply DO NOT understand how the left thinks. They will NEVER give up, give in, quit, go away or stop trying to destroy our rights as long as they are turning O2 into CO2. Ever. They are like the Terminator. They can’t be reasoned with, they have no compassion or sympathy and they WILL NOT EVER GIVE UP. The only thing you can do is what Sarah Connor did to the Terminator…..kill it. Refuse to accept that reality and the battle is already lost.

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