John Lott tweeted out the State Senator’s issued statement: “The changing guidance she has delivered to counties not only directly contradicts the Election Code language she is sworn to uphold, but also conflicts her own litigation statements and decisions of both the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.”
On Oct. 28, Boockvar told the US Supreme Court that ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day would be segregated, but she reversed the rules on Nov. 1 and directed counties to canvass those ballots as soon as possible upon receipt.
Some counties are unable to follow this directive, which leaves open the possibility that timely votes would be commingled with votes received after the proposed date and time “despite the fact that these votes remain the subject of litigation before the SCOTUS,” the State Senators levelled against the policy practice.
The Secretary Department changed the rules again a day later on Nov. 2—less than 12 hours before the polls were to open—when the office provided “last-second guidance directing counties [via email] to provide information to help voters whose mail-in or absentee ballots were incorrectly completed so those residents could vote on a provisional ballot,” the State Senate officials further explained.
“The late release of this ‘guidance’ resulted in inconsistent application across the counties – some of whom contacted voters as directed and some who did not,” the statement went on. “There is no basis for this guidance in current law. The Secretary created this new process out of thin air.”Mia Cathell, “Alleged irregularities in Nevada and Pennsylvania could call election results into question,” The Post Millennial, November 6, 2020.
In addition to gun sales, permits for concealed carry have also soared in 2020, with women and minorities leading the increase, The Daily Wire reported. “There were 2.7 million concealed handgun permit holders in 1999, 4.6 million in 2007, 8 million in 2011, 11.1 million in 2014, and now 19.48 million in 2020,” said a report from John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center.Ashe Schow, “Gun Sales in 2020 Set New Record,” Daily Wire, Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
President Donald Trump has warned of the huge potential for fraud in massive mail-in voting. Democrats who are pushing for majority mail-in voting call the president delusional.
“If concern about vote fraud with mail-in ballots is delusional, it is a delusion that is shared by most of the world,” John R. Lott noted in an Aug. 3 report for the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Lott referenced cases of deceased voters receiving mail-in ballots, including 458,000 in California; a report that 83 mail-in ballots went to a single, two-bedroom apartment; and reports of fraud in Pennsylvania mail-in voting that resulted in giving Democrats control of the state Senate in 1994.
“Even the countries that allow mail-in ballots have protections, such as government-issued photo IDs. But Americans are constantly assured even this step is completely unnecessary. Without basic precautions, our elections are on course to become the laughing stock of the developed world,” Lott said.
Mail-in voting is banned in most of the countries that the Left seeks to model the U.S. after, according to Lott’s review of voting rules and histories in over 30 major nations.
“Liberals and progressives often try to model the U.S. on Western European countries in many ways, but you never hear them arguing that we should adopt their voting rules. There is a reason for that. Banning mail-in voting or requiring people to use photo IDs to obtain a mail-in ballot is quite common in developed countries, especially in Europe,” Lott noted.
“Most developed countries, especially in Europe, ban mail-in voting to fight vast fraud and vote buying that had threatened the integrity of their elections,” Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard said in a review of Lott’s report.
In overseas cases, Lott cited a case of mail-in voting fraud in 2005 that led to the election of six officials in Birmingham, England, and the history of fraud in Mexico. . . .Staff, “‘Laughing stock’ of developed world: Why mail-in voting is universally dismissed,” World Tribune, November 6, 2020.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, a study from John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center found that women and minorities were leading the increase in concealed carry permits, which has increased 34% over the past four years.
So many people are attempting to get the permits that some counties are experiencing long lines due to cutbacks during the coronavirus pandemic. Further, the CPRC found that there are 820,000 more concealed carry permit holders today than there were in 2019, thanks in large part to women and minorities.
“Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites,” Lott said in the report.
“There were 2.7 million concealed handgun permit holders in 1999, 4.6 million in 2007, 8 million in 2011, 11.1 million in 2014, and now 19.48 million in 2020,” the report said.
Fox News added that “among adults in the U.S., 7.6% now hold concealed carry permits, and this does not account for those living in the 16 states that do not require concealed carry permits.”
“This is despite continued restrictions against concealed carry in both California and New York. Taking those large populations out of the equation, the report says, the percentage of adults with concealed carry permits rises to approximately 9.2%,” the outlet added.Ashe Schow, “Health Care Workers Made Up Majority Of People Who Purchased Guns During Coronavirus Pandemic, Study Says,” Daily Wire, Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
A study issued by Crime Prevention Research Center on Sept. 21 reported that the number of concealed carry permits nationwide is now up to 19.48 million, a 34-percent increase compared to 2016’s figure. The continued upswing is particularly noteworthy when the number of states that no longer require law-abiding citizens to secure the license is now up to 17.
Roughly 7.6 percent of Americans have a carry permit, according to its findings. Slightly more than 26 percent of them are female and the number of new women outpaced men by 101.2 percent. There are now five states with more than 1 million people with carry permits. They are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas. Per capita, by qualified adult resident, 28.5 percent of the Alabamans have a license—the top figure in the nation. Indiana claims second-place honors with 18.7 percent and Iowa trails in third.
The cost is even going down. John R Lott and Rujun Wang, the report’s authors wrote, “A lot of changes in fees are occurring this year. Arkansas just reduced its fee from $142.11 to $91.9 and Washington from $48 to $36. Indiana’s 5-year license to carry has become fee exempt since July 1, 2020, while Tennessee’s 8-year license fee has dropped from $100 to $65, effective from January 1, 2020. West Virginia also reduced $75 fee for a LCDW to $25, starting on June 1, 2020.”
The number of people with carry permits in 1999 totaled 2.7 million. The figure rose to 11.1 million by 2014, but pales by comparison to this year’s record-setting 19.48 million. . . .Guy J. Sagi, “Study Reports Record Number of Carry Permits in U.S.,” Shooting Illustrated, October 22, 2020.
A few weeks ago (Insider Online, Oct. 9), we quoted John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), estimating there are “about 19.5 million” people licensed in the United States to carry concealed.
Now, his full report on Concealed Carry in the U.S. is available at the CPRC website, and it confirms his estimate. At the time of this writing, the “official” estimate was 19.48 million, but by now that number could be even higher. With most states returning to “full service” for taking new applications and renewing existing concealed pistol licenses and permits, expect the number to hit 20 million probably by sometime early in 2021, if not sooner.
Lots may depend upon how next Tuesday’s presidential and congressional elections go, not to mention state legislative elections across the nation, so do not forget to vote (by or on) next Tuesday, Nov. 3. Vote like your Second Amendment Rights depend on it — because they do!
According to Lott’s summary of his updated report, “During President Trump’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 19.48 million — a 34% increase over 2016. However, while gun sales have set records in 2020, the growth in concealed handgun permits has slowed as many states shut down their issuance of new permits. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really ‘hard data’ that we have. Seventeen states no longer provide data on all the people who are legally carrying a concealed handgun because people in those states no longer need a permit to carry.”
Lott is the expert on this. To Insider’s knowledge, . . .Dave Workman, “MORE THAN 19.48 MILLION AMERICANS LICENSED TO CARRY,” Guns Magazine, October 30, 2020.
As John Lott has documented at the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed-carry permits increased every year over the last decade through 2019. With the boom in gun sales this year, especially among first-time firearms owners, one would assume a surge in new carry permits, too. Instead, the number of new carry permits for 2020 has declined compared to past years.
“There is a simple reason that concealed handgun permits have not increased as much as gun sales: many states stopped issuing new permits for many months because of the [COVID-19] virus,” Lott reported. . . .Brian McCombie, “Are Concealed-Carry Applications Being Slowed on Purpose?,” America’s 1st Freedom, Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
So, if low-wage workers and unemployed union members whose jobs disappeared as their “old economy” factories were moved overseas didn’t get the money, who did? Economist John Lott followed the money, and anyone who has studied the history of government initiatives such as this will hardly be surprised by his findings:
— States with higher per-capita incomes received a larger share of the money, along with states that provided the Obama-Biden ticket with a larger share of votes;
— As the Washington Post noted, “The administration… gave easy access to venture capitalists with stakes in some of the companies backed by the administration, the records show. Many of those investors had given to Obama’s 2008 campaign.” ;
— The most famous debacle of this politically connected money machine was Solyndra. Before it finally went bankrupt, Solyndra took the taxpayers for $535 million.
So what were the lessons learned? Politicians always love to invoke the down-trodden in our society as the targets for their taxpayer-funded largesse, but those folks are rarely helped by plans to reorganize industries and the economy. The Obama-Biden Stimulus Package failed on its green-jobs promise but did not fail to deliver hundreds of billions to the well-connected.David Blackmon, “Biden Has Already Failed Once To Deliver The “Green Jobs” He Promises Today,” Forbes, October 31, 2020.