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SOTG 453 - Universal Background Checks: the Death of Private Property

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To listen to the left, Universal Background Checks are what we need to prevent human beings from committing murder and other crimes. But are these background checks a truly effective deterrent to criminal behavior?

Professor John Lott looks at actual crime statistics to see is the magic fix is working.

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Topics Covered During This Episode:

  • Lunatic Nation: Brown University providing tampons in men’s bathrooms because ‘both sexes menstruate’
  • Universal Background Checks vs Murder Rate: Since 2013, States with ‘Universal’ Background Checks have more deaths, injuries. Instant Background Checks = Restriction of private property rights.
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From www.breitbart.com/tech:

Tampons are now a genderless necessity, according to Brown University, who have announced that they will be providing tampons for both men’s and women’s bathrooms across the university this academic year.

The tampons will be delivered to bathrooms by the university’s student president, Viet Nguyen, as well as 20 volunteers, with Nguyen claiming the initiative is a means of educating students that men menstruate as well as women.

In an email to the student body, Nguyen said, “There’s been a lot of conversation about why pads and tampons are a necessity, not a luxury, but not a lot of action. We wanted to take it into our own hands.”

He also claimed the initiative would help “low-income students [who] struggle with having the necessary funding for food, let alone tampons,” and that it would “set a tone of trans-inclusivity” that trans people are “an important part of the population.”

Nguyen did acknowledge that the decision would not be to everyone’s liking, adding that he’d “be naïve to say there won’t be push back,” but that people would come to understand the decision after having it explained.

The tampons will be funded exclusively by the Brown University Undergraduate Finance Board, a fund designed to improve the undergraduate student experience.

Nguyen and the student volunteers were consequently congratulated by Brown’s Director of News and Editorial Development, Brian Clark, who praised their “tremendous initiative” in a statement to Campus Reform.

“We expect that UCS will continue to solicit feedback on this new initiative and collect data on the use of these products,” adding that the university administration “will be interested to learn what they find as they assess the effectiveness of the program moving forward.”

From www.breitbart.com:

In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. shows that states with “universal” background checks had more deaths and injuries since 2013.

It should be noted that “universal” background checks are the same thing as “comprehensive” background checks. Hillary Clinton and her surrogates in the gun control lobby consistently call for “comprehensive” background checks as a solution to mass public shootings and other high-profile firearm-related crimes.

Lott notes that “universal” background checks only exist in eight states, and six of those states “didn’t adopt them until 2013 to 2015.” So he caveats his findings by granting that “eight states is a small sample,” and the data from those states is small as well. Yet the extant data shows that “since 2013, states with ‘universal’ background checks have experienced 124 percent more mass public shootings and dramatically higher rates of death and injury.” In fact, “per capital, there were 267 percent more deaths and 1,431 percent more injuries.”

The examination of eight states over a short time period is balanced by Lott’s study of 19 states over the longer time period of 2000-2015. Lott wrote, “During at least part of the time period from 2000-2015, nineteen states (plus Puerto Rico and DC) had background checks on the private transfer of guns for at least part of that period.”

Because at least one state canceled its background check requirement during that period, Lott stressed that “states are only counted as having background checks on at least some private transfers during the years in which the regulations were in effect.”

His findings — “States with background checks had a 15 percent higher per capita rate of mass public shooting deaths and a 38 percent higher rate of injuries.”

Mass public shootings increased in states with background checks on private transfers during the time period 2000-2015 as well, but Lott labeled the increase as “very [slight]” at .44 percent.

Because of the limited data on the “universal” checks specifically, Lott is careful to avoid drawing large conclusions. But he does stress that his findings show there is no support for claims that more checks would have stopped the Umpqua Community College attack (Oregon, October 1, 2015), the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood attack (Colorado, November 27, 2015), and the San Bernardino terror attack (California, December 2, 2015). These were the three most recent attacks at the time Lott was writing his book.

Lott writes:
People just assume that expanded background checks will stop these mass public shootings. Yet there has been no attempt to provide even the most basic statistical evidence. None of these shootings, nor others [that President Obama and Clinton have] mentioned, would have been stopped if background checks on private transfers had been required.

The three most recent massacres occurred in states–California, Colorado, and Oregon–which already have such laws in place. Mass public shootings have recently occurred in France, Belgium, Norway, Germany, and other European countries where these background checks also exist.

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