NCPA Commentaries by H. Sterling Burnett
H. Sterling Burnett is a Senior Fellow for the National Center for Policy Analysis. While Burnett works on a number of issues, he specializes in issues involving environmental policy and gun policy.
Jan 14, 2000
With Texas Governor George W. Bush being the Republican presidential front-runner, his record has come under heightened press scrutiny. This is natural since Bush's record as governor could indicate the types of policies he might pursue as president.
Jan 06, 2000
Light rail has proven incapable of solving these problems. After four years of operation and more than $900 million spent on light rail, both traffic congestion and the air pollution associated with it have gotten worse.
Dec 29, 1999
Trial lawyers, anti-gun activists, mayors and the Clinton Administration's Department of Housing and Urban Development have a "simple solution" to the complex problem of gun violence: sue gun makers for the public costs of criminal, negligent and self-destructive gun misuses.
Dec 12, 1999
Indeed, firearms are the most effective way to protect oneself against criminals - which is why police carry guns rather than going unarmed or carrying knives.
Sep 21, 1999
Public opinion polls indicate that many people are concerned about a perceived loss of open spaces, wilderness areas and forests. This despite the fact that only about 5 percent of our land is developed, three-quarters of the population lives on 3.5 percent of the land and more than 5 times as much land is set aside in national parks, wilderness areas, federal forests and federal grazing lands than has been developed.
Jun 15, 1999
In the emotional aftermath of Littleton, the U.S. Senate decided to "act now, think later," in its Juvenile Accountability Act. It's an opportunity for the House of Representatives to take bragging rights as the more thoughtful, reflective body in Congress.
Apr 22, 1999
Despite numerous reports on the pace of urban growth, urban land remains a very small part of overall land use.
Apr 10, 1999
Only about 5 percent of our land is developed, and three-quarters of the population lives on 3.5 percent of the land. But many people are frustrated with the traffic jams they associate with urban sprawl.
Apr 01, 1999
Studies have shown that criminals fear armed citizens far more than police. Their fear is reasonable since nearly 3,000 criminals are lawfully killed each year by armed civilians - more than three times the number killed by the police.
Mar 08, 1999
Since 1986 the number of states making it legal to carry concealed weapons has grown from nine to 31. Contrary to the claims of opponents to right-to-carry laws, liberalized concealed carry has not endangered public safety.