For more than a year we have reported numerous instances of censorship involving the big tech social media platforms who quell the speech of conservatives, Trump supporters, and anti-establishment types who all disagree with ‘mainstream’ Leftist narratives.
Now, we can add serious, respected researchers to the list of those vanquished to social media jail — noted crime researcher John Lott Jr., in particular.
The author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” who broke ground years ago with research proving that the greater availability of firearms in the hands of law-abiding Americans leads to fewer instances of crime, announced Friday that Twitter banned him just because he cited facts regarding mass shootings.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, which Lott runs, the researcher’s account was blocked after he sent out a tweet regarding the New Zealand mosque shootings that occurred in March.
What’s more, the speech Nazis at Twitter haven’t, as of this writing, even bothered to explain to Lott or the center why he was banned.
Here’s the ‘offending’ tweet — which was actually sent in March shortly after 26-year-old Brenton Tarrant killed 50 people in a pair of mosques, live-streaming the murders in the process:
New Zealand killer’s manifesto says that he did attack to get more gun control/gun bans in New Zealand and the US, Killer was a socialist, environmentalist who hated capitalists and trade…
The tweet contained a link to a story presumably substantiating what Lott said. We don’t know because his account’s been suspended after Twitter “determined this Tweet violated Twitter rules” — though, again, the platform did not provide a reason. (Related: New Zealand police regret not having a nationwide gun registration because it’s making it too difficult to confiscate guns from everyone.)
Lott has appealed the decision but has said he’s not “hopeful” he’ll get his account back.
In a separate post, the center also refuted the oft-repeated claim by anti-gunners on the Left that “right-wing extremists” are most responsible for mass shootings.
— Max Boot of the Washington Post claimed in October 2018 that “right-wing terrorism has become far more commonplace — and, since 9/11, far more deadly — than Islamist terrorism in America.
— Race-baiting CNN host Don Lemon remarked the same month that “the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” (Lemon never talks about the greatest danger to young black men being other young black men.)
— The New York Times, that bastion of fake news in the Trump era, reported in early November: “In a recent analysis of the data by the news site Quartz roughly 60 percent of those incidents were driven by racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, antigovernment or other right-wing ideologies” (speaking of anti-Semitism, has the Times taken stock of some Muslim members of the Democrat Party lately?).
In fact, according the Crime Prevention Research Center, not only is the U.S. well below the world average regarding mass public shootings, by far the majority of shootings that do occur in our country have no connection at all to religion.
“This isn’t to say that the vast majority of these killers didn’t have political or religious beliefs, but that those beliefs weren’t significant enough to be mentioned in any of the news coverage in discussing these individuals’ motives for their attacks,” the center noted.
As for Twitter banning Lott, it’s disgusting to see a major social media platform attempt to memory hole facts about current events, especially those that create so much passion and animosity among rival factions.
Like the rest of the ‘mainstream’ media, the Left-wing big tech giants have an anti-gun agenda, so they are going to do what they can to perpetuate false narratives about guns, shooters, and those who commit such heinous acts.
Including hiding the truth.