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Note that the places Al Queda has discussed attacking in the US are places where few permitted concealed handguns are allowed

by John Lott on Friday, January 9th, 2015

This is article 803 of 803 in the topic Terrorism
From Yahoo News:

Al Qaeda militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets”, the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely. . . .

From the Daily Beast:

In the Spring 2014 issue, for example, Inspire proposed attacking cities and military facilities in northern Virginia, the site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and targets in Los Angeles and Chicago. . . .

In Los Angeles, there are only about 240 concealed handgun permits in an adult population of about 8 million people.  In Chicago, it costs about $500 to go through the process of getting a concealed handgun permit.

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Armed smash and grab cell phone thieves stopped my armed employee

by John Lott on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

This is article 599 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
St. Louis has been plagued for years by armed robbers who break into cell phone stores and steal all the cell phones that they can grab. An example from June 2013 is available here.  Here is the police account from a robbery today:

. . . An employee arrived to start work and saw two men in a Mitsubishi Diamante drive into the front glass door of the store. The men then entered the store carrying bags, followed by a third man who had exited a Jeep Cherokee. Once inside the store, the men began to smash out the glass on the counters where cell phones were stored. The employee retrieved a firearm and began shooting at the burglars, hitting one. The trio dropped the bags and ran from the store. The cell phones were all recovered. . . . .

These robberies with the thieves smashing their cars through store windows must be pretty scary.

Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link.

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Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate in Texas, Wendy Davis, just said that she supported open carry as a way to win political support, she didn’t really believe it

by John Lott on Thursday, January 1st, 2015

This is article 600 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
This past June, Wendy Davis painted herself as being pro-gun on many issues (from open carry to allowing permitted concealed handguns to be stored in people’s cars on college campuses to reducing training for permits).  Democrats, of course, denied the claim that Davis was really anti-gun and just pretending to be pro-self defense.  As the argument went this past summer, from Politico:

Rising Democratic star and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has joined her top Republican rival in supporting a proposed “open carry” law. It would allow people with concealed handgun licenses to wear a pistol on their hip, in full view, while in public.

Davis has said she supports expanding gun rights in Texas. In a statement to the Associated Press, she said that includes open-carry — a position that puts her at odds with her own party but could keep her from alienating gun rights advocates in a deeply conservative state where the Second Amendment is sacrosanct. . . .

Davis, who said she keeps a gun at her home for protection, supported legislation last year to allow college students with concealed handgun licenses to keep their weapons in their cars. She also voted for reduced training requirements to get such a license.

Still, gun rights advocates were skeptical. Texas State Rifle Association spokeswoman Alice Tripp noted Davis’ previous calls for more restrictions on gun show sales and past votes against allowing concealed license holders to carry their guns in classrooms and buildings on college campuses.

“Wendy Davis has a very bad record as far as gun owners go,” Tripp said, calling Davis an “opportunist.”

Abbott spokesman Adviel Huerta expressed a similar sentiment. . . .

But veteran Democratic consultant Harold Cook said Abbott supporters have already tried to portray Davis as anti-gun.

“If the issue isn’t important to you, then it would be smart to take it off the table by saying, ‘Me, too; now let’s go back to talking about education and how we fund road building and the stuff the mainstream of Texas is really concerned with,'” he said. . . .

Well, now Davis says that she really didn’t believe her promise and just said it to get elected.  She told the San Antonio newspaper:

There is one thing that I would do differently in that campaign, and it relates to the position that I took on open carry. I made a quick decision on that with a very short conversation with my team and it wasn’t really in keeping with what I think is the correct position on that issue.” . . .

Note: I am not a big fan of open carry, so it isn’t upsetting to me that she didn’t support it, but saying she did when she really didn’t is the problem.

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Concealed handgun permit holder comes to the rescue and stops four people from robbing a man

by John Lott on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This is article 598 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
From WDAZ Channel 8 TV (ABC) in Fargo, North Dakota:

A passer-by with a handgun stopped four people from assaulting and robbing a 36-year-old man Monday afternoon in downtown, according to Fargo police.

.Lt. Joel Vettel said one of the four knew the victim and lured him behind a building in the 900 block of NP Avenue. There, the man was assaulted, knocked unconscious and robbed of his wallet, Vettel said.

Police were dispatched to the scene about 12:10 p.m. and learned that the passer-by, who has a license to carry a concealed weapon, brandished his gun to end the robbery, Vettel said.

All four of the alleged robbers were being held Monday evening at the Cass County Jail. . . .

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Concealed carry permit holder stops mall robbery by three teen robbers

by John Lott on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This is article 595 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
From WDTN in Dayton, Ohio about an attempted robbery on Monday, December 22nd:

. . . According to police, three juvenile males from Middletown approached two adult males outside the Dayton Mall around 10:00 a.m. Saturday. They say one of the juveniles produced a gun and demanded merchandise from the adult males. Police say one of the males, who had a valid concealed carry weapon permit, pulled out a gun of his own and shot the teen who had the gun. That teen, identified as Jawaad Jabbar, 16, died from a single gunshot wound. . . .

Police say the two groups did not know each other and the only motive known is that of aggravated robbery to gain control of another’s property.

Sgt. Jay Phares said the teen didn’t make it to the mall in time to get in line for the shoes.  “This was a random act of ‘I want something that person has and I’m going to take it from them by any means’,” said Sgt. Phares.

Two juveniles with the victim are in juvenile detention.  They are not charged pending further investigation.  Police are investigating whether they too had weapons. . . .

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St. Louis: Jewelry Store Owner Uses Gun to stop three armed men

by John Lott on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This is article 596 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
Here is a dramatic story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

. . . Police said there were three men, and that they had entered Robinson Jewelry Co. at 6497 Chippewa Street to rob the store. One man, wearing military fatigues with his face uncovered, waited to be buzzed in, Leyshock said. When he did, he jumped the counter with his arm covering his face. The men were armed with two handguns and a rifle, and one of them smashed a display case, he said.

But the owner somehow escaped from the store, fired his own gun outside, and the men fled. They didn’t escape with any jewelry, police said.

“With the shots fired, they didn’t want to stick around to see what else he was selling,” Leyshock said.

Police said it was not clear if any of the suspects had been shot. Blood was found in the car, but a suspect may have been cut by the shattered display case, Leyshock said. . . . .

Thanks to Tony Troglio for the link.

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The Friends and Family of slain NYC Police Officer Ramos blast Mayor De Blasio

by John Lott on Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

This is article 54 of 54 in the topic Police/Fire

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Why are gun control advocates so excited about Vivek Murthy’s confirmation when he promised that he wouldn’t push gun control?

by John Lott on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

This is article 117 of 117 in the topic Obama Appointments


Gun control groups are excited about Vivek Murthy’s confirmation’s, but before his confirmation his supporters were pointing to his promise not “use the Surgeon General’s office as a bully pulpit for gun control,” and instead would make his top priority “obesity prevention.”  So why should the gun control groups be so excited? Was it because he didn’t mean his promise to the Senate?

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Powerful interview of CIA interrogation "architect" where he reacts to Senate interrogation report

by John Lott on Monday, December 15th, 2014

This is article 35 of 35 in the topic CIA
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
The interview with Psychologist James Mitchell is very powerful (it is available here).  Really brings into question the Senate Democrats’ report.  Senate Democrats have publicly outed this man and have put his life in danger.  They also refused to talk to Dr. Mitchell or anyone else who was actually involved in these interrogations.  This is only two-thirds of his Mitchell’s interview tonight, but it is still very worthwhile.

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It probably isn’t very smart to rob a gun store, woman employee with a gun stops two armed robbers

by John Lott on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

This is article 594 of 600 in the topic Gun Rights
From Channel 5 TV News in Springdale, Arkansas:

Marcus Gould, 25, and Leon Roberson, 20, face charges of Attempted Capital Murder and Aggravated Robbery, according to police. Roberson was booked into the Washington County Detention Center at 1:55 a.m. and is set to appear in court for an 8.1 Hearing on Monday (Dec. 7th), according to the detention center’s website.

Police said the incident happened around 9 a.m. Saturday at the C & S Gun and Pawn Shop at 1208 South Thompson in Springdale.

Employees reported two men walked into the store, one wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and the other wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt, police said.

“They split up, they both pulled out hand guns that looked like black semi-automatic pistols and began to rob the store,” according to Lt. Derek Hudson with the Springdale Police Department. “One of the employees also pulled out a weapon and there were shots exchanged.” . . .

Sergeant Daniel Grubbs with the Fort Smith Police Department, said Gould arrived at Sparks Hospital with a gun shot wound to the forearm. . . .

A video is also available at the link.

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