(Tea Party 247) – Gun-rights activist and researcher John R. Lott Jr has been suspended by Twitter for making a factual and sound point about the New Zealand shooter’s political affiliations.
Lott is the president and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), a registered non-profit that does important research on the links between laws regulating firearm ownership and crime. He has authored nine books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” and others.
He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, Zero Hedge, which reported on his banning, notes.
Recently, Lott was in for a surprise when he logged on to Twitter to find that one of his posts had violated the company’s religious rules, although he was not to be informed as to which one that was, exactly.
As of Zero Hedge’s writing, Lott had not yet received word on his appeal from Twitter.
.@Twitter locked @JohnRLottJr's account for tweeting about the NZ mosque killer. The killer's manifesto does state he did the attack b/c it would lead to more gun control & he is a socialist, environmentalist, who hates capitalist & free trade.
— CrimeResearch (@CrimeResearch1) July 3, 2019
The offending tweet was posted on March 15th of this year, and it is unclear whether the tweet was flagged manually or by “machine learning” as Zero Hedge calls it.
Google has come under fire recently for a Project Veritas Investigation that showed the tech giant allegedly rigging their algorithmic software to help left-wing presidential candidates. Since this Tweet is almost four months old it seems likely this was flagged manually.
In order for Lott to have full access to his account again, he will have to delete the post in question.
He told AmmoLand that he is unwilling to consider removing the tweet.
He is asking everyone to retweet screenshots of the tweet at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as well as Twitter Support.
Twitter, laughably, claims that they are unmotivated by political affiliation when they enforce their rules.
This is certainly not supported by their choices to remove groups like the Proud Boys, while Rose City Antifa, the group that attacked conservative journalist Andy Ngo in Portland, OR last weekend, are free to use the platform to organize more violent protests.
AmmoLand reached out to Twitter to ask about this disparity. Director for Global Policy Communications, Ian Plunkett, replied that the Marxist group was “not currently in violation of our policies.”
Twitter would not provide AmmoLand with a specific reason as to why Lott’s account was locked, but in a statement they gave to the outlet, they seem to accused Lott of glorifying violence:
“We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, but for background, it’s against our policies to share content that glorifies violence on Twitter, including directly linking to that information. Additionally, we enforce the Twitter Rules impartially for all users, regardless of their background or political affiliation.”
They would not reply to any follow up questions from the outlet.
ZeroHedge notes that “As of now, Twitter still has Lott’s account lock although readers can see screenshots of the Tweet on the CPRC’s Twitter Feed.”