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Stat of the Day: Everywhere Guns Are Banned, Murder Rates Increase

John Lott, our favorite economist at least in the arena of criminology and Second Amendment scholarship, cogently summarizes the actual, real-world, data-based sociological effect of "gun control" laws:

. While gun bans (either a ban on all guns or on all handguns) have been imposed in many places, every time guns have been banned, murder rates have gone up.

One would think that one time, just out of simple randomness, murder rates would have gone down or at least stayed the same.  Yet in every single case for which we have crime data both before and after the ban, murder rates have gone up, often by huge amounts."

. It's almost as if more guns mean less crime.…[more]

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Friday, March 24 2017

In a letter sent this week to every Member of the United States Senate, the Center for Individual Freedom ("CFIF") joined a coalition of more than 50 individuals and organizations urging the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The text of the letter, which was organized by Americans for Prosperity, can be viewed below. Or, to view the letter as it was delivered to the U.S. Senate, click here (PDF).


March 23, 2017

Dear Senators:  

On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations who value freedom and liberty, we write to urge you to support a swift confirmation for Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Judge Gorsuch is qualified, experienced, and respects the Constitution. Much like the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch is an originalist who believes that judges should follow the law as it is written – as opposed to using it to advance a narrow political or personal agenda. Consider his ruling in Cordova v. City of Albuquerque, where he wrote, “Our job is interpreting the Constitution…a carefully drafted text judges are charged with applying according to its original public meaning.”  

Judge Gorsuch has also warned about the dangers of government overreach, including in or by the courts. As he aptly stated in 2013, “It is an irony of the law that either too much or too little can impair liberty. Our aim here has to be for a golden mean.”  

Judge Gorsuch has proven a competent jurist since being confirmed in 2006 without opposition to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. There is no reason why Judge Gorsuch should be denied either a fair hearing or confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Together, we urge you to expedite the hearing for Judge Gorsuch and confirm him to the Supreme Court in a clean but thorough process. 

Sincerely,

(organizations listed for identification purposes only)
 
Mark Lucas, Executive Director, Concerned Veterans for America
 
Brent Gardner, Chief Government Affairs Officer, Americans for Prosperity
 
Mark Holden, Chairman, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce
 
Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
 
Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer, Heritage Action for America
 
Gary A. Marx, Senior Advisor, Judicial Crisis Network
 
Dan Greenberg, President, Advance Arkansas Institute
 
Tim Doyle, Vice President of Policy & General Counsel, American Council for Capital Formation
 
Sean Noble, President, American Encore
 
Mark Wingate, President & Director, American Seniors Association, Inc.
 
Mark Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising
 
Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values
 
Bryan C. Williams, Director of Government Affairs, Associated Builders and Contractors of Ohio
 
Kim Crockett, VP, Senior Policy Fellow and General Counsel, Center of the American Experiment
 
Gregory Quinlan, President, The Center for Garden State Families
 
Jeffrey Mazzella, President, Center for Individual Freedom
 
David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United
 
Matt Brouillette, President & CEO, Commonwealth Partners
 
Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director, Digital Liberty
 
Craig Richardson, President, Energy & Environment Action Team 
 
Cleta Mitchell, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
 
Annette Meeks, CEO, Freedom Foundation of Minnesota
 
Adam Brandon, President and CEO, FreedomWorks
 
Andrew Clark, Executive Director, Generation Opportunity
 
Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
 
Jason Torchinsky, Partner, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC
 
William A. Estrada, Esq., Director of Federal Relations, Home School Legal Defense Association
 
Amy Oliver Cooke, Executive Vice President, Independence Institute
 
Andrew Langer, President, Institute for Liberty
 
James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel, James Madison Center for Free Speech
 
Dr. J. Robert McClure, President and CEO, The James Madison Institute
 
Lisa B. Nelson, CEO, Jeffersonian Project 
 
Roy Cordato, VP for Research and Resident Scholar, The John Locke Foundation
 
John T. Tomicki, JD, Executive Director, League of American Families 
 
Seton Motley, President Less Government
 
Daniel Garza, President, The LIBRE Initiative
 
Brent Mead, CEO, Montana Policy Institute
 
Edna Kent, Chairman, Montanans for Limited Government 
 
Gary Marbut, President, Montana Shooting Sports Association
 
Harry C. Alford, President/CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce
 
David Ridenour, President, National Center for Public Policy Research
 
Willes K. Lee, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
 
George Kneisser, Executive Director, New Jersey Citizens for Property Tax Reform
 
Eli Lehrer, President, R Street Institute
 
Paul J. Gessing, President, Rio Grande Foundation
 
Samantha Dravis, President, Rule of Law Defense Fund
 
William Whipple III, President, Secure America's Future Economy
 
Teri Christoph, Co-founder, Smart Girl Politics
 
Maureen Blum,  Strategic Coalitions & Initiatives, LLC 
 
David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
 
Judson Phillips, Founder, Tea Party Nation
 
Jenny Beth Martin, Co-Founder, Tea Party Patriots
 
Russell H. Withers, General Counsel & Policy Analyst, Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute
 
Michael W. Thompson, Chairman and President, Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (Virginia)
 
Jonathan Downing, CEO, Wyoming Liberty Group 
 
Carol Platt Liebau, President, Yankee Institute for Public Policy   

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