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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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61 End the Fake Filibuster

Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump's pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon—and they intend to use it. Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer boasts that he can block Trump's legislative…

62 (Crowd) Size Doesn't Matter

So apparently size really doesn't matter after all.  Crowd size, that is.  Over the past week, frenetic leftists and outraged media figures preoccupied themselves with comparing Donald Trump's inaugural crowd to Barack Obama's in 2009.  The self-described "Women's March on Washington" one day after Trump's inauguration also…

63 For Many, Trump's Inauguration Means the Return of Optimism

"It was a Trump speech," said Beth Lesser, a Donald Trump supporter from Greenville, South Carolina, after listening to the president's inaugural address on the Mall. "He hasn't changed at all — and I don't want him to." Lesser was one of the thousands who traveled a long way to come to the inauguration, and who loved…

64 What Will a Successful Trump Legacy Look Like?

As eight long years under Barack Obama finally come to an end, we instinctively return in time to January 2009 and take an accounting of his legacy.  With rare exceptions such as the execution of Osama bin Laden, we survey a vast field of domestic stagnation, global weakening, wasted potential, broken promises, record racial division and scandal…

65 CFIF Presidential Inauguration Quiz

Take CFIF's 20-Question Inauguration Quiz to test your knowledge of the history behind U.S. Presidential Inaugurations. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. What does the President swear to "preserve, protect and defend" when he takes the Oath of Office? a. United States of America b. American people c. Life…

66 Dem Dilemma: Stand With Lewis?

Once Donald Trump responded to John Lewis's "illegitimate president" attack, the question wasn't whether Trump's pushback would cause a Twitter furor. It would. The question was how many Democrats, beyond those who occupy the left-most wing of the House Democratic caucus with Lewis, would go along with the Trump-is-not-legitimate charge.…

67 Dems Need History Lesson on U.S. Elections

Rep. John Lewis' claim that President-elect Donald Trump isn't a legitimate president wouldn't matter by itself. Lewis dismissed President George W. Bush as illegitimate, too. But the attacks by leading Democrats are mounting, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, President Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Hillary Clinton's former press secretary…

68 Sponsors of Anarchy

Hoodlums will be out in full force this Inauguration Day weekend. Count on it. I've covered the left's criminal anarchist element for more than 20 years — from the animal rights terrorists who have harassed, threatened and firebombed scientific researches across the U.S. and Europe to the anti-capitalist thugs who wreaked havoc on downtown…

69 The Comforting Fictions of Obama's Farewell Speech

Watching President Barack Obama's soaring 2008 Democratic National Convention speech in Denver, I never imagined the kind of turmoil his presidency would incite. Almost everything has changed in the subsequent years, and yet his farewell speech to the nation was brimming with the same brand of haughty lecturing. Obama loves to conflate progressivism…

70 Obama's Presidency Sputters to an End

Barack Obama's tumultuous presidency has now come and gone, which merits assessment of his performance and likely place in history.  Eight years ago, Obama's raison d'être was "Hope and Change."  So how did that all turn out?  How much hope did his presidency offer?  After nearly a decade in office, what change…

71 Six Questions About the Russia Hacking Report

Julia Ioffe, a writer for The Atlantic who watches Russia carefully, tweeted this about the intelligence community's unclassified report on Russian hacking released Friday: "It's hard to tell if the thinness of the #hacking report is because the proof is classified, or because the proof doesn't exist." "Thin" is right. The report…

72 On Russia Hacks, It's Jump-To-Conclusions vs. Wait-And-See

President-elect Trump stirred yet more controversy Saturday night when, as he entered his New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, he said he is not convinced the intelligence community is sure about allegations Russian hackers sought to influence the election. "I just want them to be sure, because it's a pretty serious charge," Trump told reporters…

73 Forensic Nightmare: The Perils of Touch DNA

Have you heard of "touch DNA?" This mundane, yet menacing phenomenon exposes the double-edged sword of forensic science. With just an innocent handshake, an indirect transfer of epithelial cells, you could find yourself suspected of heinous crimes, charged with rape or convicted of murder. This year, I'll be using my syndicated column and…

74 For Trump, Defense Hawk-Budget Hawk Could Be Winning Combination

Donald Trump has an opportunity to chart a new course for Republicans on defense spending — a course that would combine GOP hawkishness with a budget-cutter's approach to Pentagon waste. Although falling as a percentage of the federal budget, defense is still the federal government's largest single non-entitlement spending item &mdash…

75 Thank You, Professor Sowell

I first read Thomas Sowell in college — no thanks to my college. At the majority of America's institutions of "higher learning," reading Thomas Sowell was a subversive act in the early 1990s when I was a student. It remains so today. Why? Because the prolific libertarian economist's vast body of work is a clarion rejection of…

76 Farewell

Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long. It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around…

77 CFIF White (House) Christmas Quiz

Take our 12-Question Christmas Quiz and test your knowledge of White House Christmas traditions. (Answer key may be found at the bottom) 1. The first White House Christmas party was held in December of 1800 for which one of the following groups? a. Children of “official” Washington b. The Washington diplomatic…

78 Intel Report Won't End Russia Hacking Fight

President Obama has ordered the Intelligence Community to finish a review of allegations of Russian election hacking by the time Obama leaves office on Jan. 20. Don't look for the report to settle anything. After years of what some Republicans view as administration obfuscation, manipulation and slow-walking on intelligence ranging from Benghazi to…

79 Michelle Obama's Christmas Lump of Coal

Just what we all need to ring in the Christmas season: Un-merry millionaire Michelle Obama belly-aching about the burdens and sacrifices of public life with billionaire Oprah Winfrey. "There's nowhere in the world I can go and sit and have a cup of coffee," Obama lamented. It's a frequent grievance. In September, she told InStyle magazine…

80 Trump Resistance Pins Last Hope On Electoral College

The Electoral College meets this Monday in what will be the final step in Donald Trump's improbable rise to the presidency. But it will also be the last chance for #NeverTrump dead-enders to keep Trump out of the White House. And now, the anti-Trump effort has been given new fuel by allegations of Russian attempts to interfere with the presidential…

81 Where Are We?

We are now in a kind of political no-man's-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky — and nowhere more so than in times like these. What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are. The opportunities are many, which…

82 Did Democrats Learn Anything From Their Attack on the Filibuster?

I won't lie. After reading the CNN piece titled "Senate Dems, powerless to stop Trump nominees, regret 'nuclear option' power play," I experienced some deeply satisfying schadenfreude. Feel free keep President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and those who implored Senate Democrats to blow up the filibuster a few years ago in your thoughts as…

83 Obesity, Fatty Foods, Death and Science

Something is killing us — beyond the fact that life itself is a terminal condition. This week brought news that the U.S. mortality rate overall has risen slightly since 2014. "It's a definite milestone in the wrong direction, and the concern a lot of us have is that it reflects largely the approximately three-decade-long epidemic of…

84 Obama Apparently Wasn't on "The Right Side of History" After All

Since the first days of his presidency, Barack Obama has cast himself as occupying "the right side of history" and exploited Martin Luther King, Jr.'s phrase that, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."    Now in the final days of that presidency, even Obama must be confronting the…

85 The Left's Gambles

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don't have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected. Something as personal as what…

86 Justin Trudeau: Baby-Faced Commie Apologist Unmasked

Wasn't one vapid pretty boy named Justin from Canada enough? At least Justin Bieber is eye candy without the heartburn. Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, is the twinkly-eyed boy toy who makes informed adults wanna hurl. For more than a year, the liberal Canadian prime minister enjoyed drool-stained global press coverage as the "hot hipster&…

87 Democrats and the Nazi Card

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the odds-on favorite to become the Democratic National Committee's chairman, had a long association with the anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. He compared then-President George W. Bush and 9/11 to Adolf Hitler and the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament building: "9/11 is the juggernaut in American history…

88 The Return of Assassination Fascination

Alert the CDC: Left-wing America has been overcome by another contagious epidemic of assassination fascination. It's time to declare a public health crisis. In San Antonio last week, two high school students performed a sicko skit depicting the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump. In Cleveland, unhinged 24-year-old Zachary Benson tweeted…

89 Backward-Looking 'Progressives'

People who call themselves "progressives" claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward. One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on…

90 Terrified Liberals Rediscover Federalism

It's been a traumatic week for liberals (although conservatives face their own struggle to stifle laughter and schadenfreude at liberals' expense).  Among other tragic vignettes from the past week, The New York Times reported that, "Mrs. Clinton's campaign was so confident in her victory that her aides popped open champagne on the campaign…

 
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