Lott: Let's have fair debate on guns, our laws

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

AR-15s for saleAmericans are debating gun laws after a Florida school shooting but a firearms researcher says nothing could have prevented what happened.

"We had people, within a couple of hours of the attack last week, calling for background checks on private transfers or universal checks, and yet it would not have stopped the attack," said John Lott, Jr. on American Family Radio.

Known for his research on gun laws and crime statistics, Lott spoke with Sandy Rios on Monday after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High that claimed 17 lives.

The shooter, a 19-year-old former student, reportedly used an AR-15 rifle that he purchased legally.


In a floor speech minutes after the shooting, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Florida) raised the issue of banning anyone on the terror watch list from purchasing a firearm.

"That's pretty common sense," Nelson claimed. 

Yet that action would not have stopped the Florida high school shooting nor any other mass shooting in the U.S., Lott told Rios.

'Feeding frenzy' driven by an agenda

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National defense analyst Frank Gaffney says the ultimate goal of the anti-gun "feeding frenzy" that has emerged in the wake of last week's shooting at a Florida high school is to advance a long-standing political agenda: the disarming of Americans.


"There is at the moment a feeding frenzy, it seems, driven in part I think by cynical politicians frankly – but [it's] manifested most dramatically among some of the kids who have clearly been traumatized by this attack on their school."

Gaffney clearly questions the effectiveness of that frenzy.

"You're telling me that people who have violated the law – who have certainly made clear their willingness to violate the law – in order to go into schools and kill children will be deterred from doing so or made unable to do so because there's some other law on the book that says those weapons are not allowed to be owned any longer? I don't think it's going to work that way."

Gaffney is president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy.

"Even then, [Nelson] mischaracterized the whole debate," Lott observed, "because the difference between the Republicans and Democrats was over whether or not you should have judicial review."

The terror watch list, in fact, has ensnared innocent Americans including U.S. Rep. John Lewis, CNN reporter Drew Griffin, Weekly Standard writer Stephen Hayes, and six-year-old Alyssa Thomas from Ohio.  

One approach that no one is discussing, Lott said, is that the high school is yet another "gun-free zone" that made it a soft target.

"At some point," said the researcher, "people have to realize that if you look at the statements these killers make, if you look at just the statistical evidence that over 98 percent of these mass public shootings since 1950 have taken place in those areas where people are not allowed to defend themselves."

These mass public shootings are not random acts, Lott went on to state, because the killers are planning these attacks to kill as many people as possible, and to ensure the victims are defenseless.

Asked about armed police officers located in schools, Lott said they are often the first ones targeted. So a much better plan, he said, would be to train and arm school staff to carry a concealed firearm.

CNN gun control screen grabFinally, Lott told Rios that the media is not allowing an honest, vigorous debate on the topic and rattled off the news networks and cable news that don't invite him to defend his views and debate gun laws on the air.

"I mean, I maybe get a call from CNN or something like that," Lott said. "But the producer, all they want to know is what arguments I would raise so then they can go up and bring it up to their panel, which is all on their side, and have them pooh-pooh it without anybody explaining why they're wrong on it."

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