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  • Coast-to-Coast AM: Discussing the New Push for "Smart" Guns

    05/08/2016 3:50:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    CPRC's Dr. John Lott talked to Coast-to-Coast AM's large audience about President Obama's push for smart guns.

    05/03/2016 9:19:26 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 3, 2016 | Larry Elder
    CPRCs John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about Australias gun buyback and discussed his testimony before the Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. They also talked about Hillary Clintons comparison of the gun buyback to Obamas Cash for Clunkers program. (8:40 to 8:55 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016)
  • On Guns, Clinton Runs Both Left and Right, Depending on Her Audience

    04/25/2016 12:27:13 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | April 25, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    What does Hillary Clinton really believe on guns? This year, she is running to the left of Bernie Sanders. In 2008, she ran well to the right of Obama, arguing against any kind of federal blanket rules. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton gave an address at Philadelphias St. Pauls Baptist Church. With a nod to Pennsylvanias high rate of gun ownership, she declared: There is a Second Amendment, there are constitutional rights. We arent interested in taking away guns of lawful, responsible gun owners. But in New York City in the fall, she told donors: The Supreme Court is wrong on...
  • Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after gun ban

    04/13/2016 11:16:03 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 12, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015. The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan governments claim that the ban is an attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime. The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns. The video gives some idea of what life is like in Venezuela these days. As the homicide rate was already rising before the gun ban and Venezuela is such a mess of a...
  • Army Chief of Staff says 8 minute response time in mass public shootings "adequate"

    04/08/2016 11:44:38 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 29 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 7, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Here is a video clip of the Army chief of staff testifying on April 7th that it isnt necessary to arm soldiers on military bases, such as Fort Hood attack, because: We have adequate law enforcement on those bases to respond You take the Fort Hood incident number two, the one where I was the commander of Third Corps, those police responded within eight minutes and that guy was dead. (This discussion starts at 1:57 into the video.) It is true that 8 minutes is a pretty quick response time, as the General says, but to say that eight...
  • Report: Guns Stolen from Licensed Dealers at Rate of .039%

    04/02/2016 2:05:04 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 9 replies ^ | April 1, 2016 | AWR HAWKINS
    A new Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) report shows that guns were stolen from licensed dealers at a rate of .039 percent in 2015. This revelation comes even as the Obama administration is working to finalize and implement new rules for Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) regarding the reporting of stolen weapons. Breitbart News previously reported that Obamas January 5 executive gun controls would place even more reporting requirements read, regulations on the backs of FFLs, and CPRCs new numbers highlight the lack of necessity for these new measures. According to CPRC, there were approximately 16 millions guns sold...
  • You know the case for background checks is weak if...

    03/11/2016 4:06:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Academic advocates of gun control apparently need to manipulate the data in order to argue for background checks on private gun transfers. Even the prestigious medical journal, the Lancet, does not seem to be above publishing junk science on gun control. There has been extensive, glowing media coverage from the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Reuters, and US News & World Report. Currently, background checks must be performed when a gun is purchased from a dealer. Expanded background check laws would require that checks also be conducted on private transfers of guns (say between a father and a son or with...
  • Talk at Widener University Law School in Harrisburg, PA: Should guns be banned on college campuses?

    03/01/2016 6:19:19 PM PST · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 1, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    John Lott addressed Widener Law School faculty and students about whether their college campus should be a gun-free zone on Thursday, February 25th. A video of that presentation is available above.
  • CPRC debates Campus Carry at the International Students for Liberty Conference

    02/28/2016 6:22:20 PM PST · by richardb72 · 1 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 27, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    CPRC's John Lott debated Third Way's Jim Kessler, the former Director of Policy and Research for Americans for Gun Safety and a former staffer for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The debate took place in DC on Saturday, February 27th from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The video of the debate is available here.
  • John Lott testified on Feb 9, 2016 before Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee on gun-free zones

    02/18/2016 8:37:53 PM PST · by richardb72
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott testified on Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016 before the Tennessee state Senate Judiciary Committee on bills to reduce gun-free zones
  • Concealed carry permits help police officers,civilians stay in the fight

    02/15/2016 1:55:16 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    In the past month, criminals have murdered six police officers in the line of duty. The number might have been eight if not for the actions of two concealed handgun permit holders. At this rate, police deaths could be way up this year compared to previous years. By this time last year, only one officer had been murdered. While Republican presidential candidates such as Cruz, Rubio and Trump have spoken out forcefully about police shootings, Democrats have been silent. You’ve probably heard on the news when at least one of these officers has been killed. But you almost certainly haven’t...
  • Yet more evidence that terrorists pick gun-free zones to attack

    02/08/2016 11:03:35 AM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 8, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Could this statement be any clearer? From ClickonDetroit: Abu-Rayyan posted. “It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced reloading and unloading.” . . . “It's easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news. Everybody would've heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can't do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here." He had also told the undercover agent that a church would be an...
  • Clinton and the gun control lobby get it wrong

    02/05/2016 1:30:35 PM PST · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | February 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Hillary Clinton has made gun control a major part of her presidential campaign, at least in New Hampshire. Over the last month, a quarter of all of her campaign ads in New Hampshire have focused on gun control. In rural areas of Iowa, by contrast, she did not run a single ad related to gun control. In all of Iowa, just six percent of her ads discussed guns. Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, recently wrote in the Union Leader attacking Bernie Sanders. He recycles Clinton’s rhetoric on the issue. Gross asserts: “Brady background checks...
  • 4 cases over a couple of days where concealed handgun permit holders stopped violent crime

    02/02/2016 4:31:39 PM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 2, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Temple Terrace, Florida (WFLA) February 1, 2016: . . . around 11 p.m. on Sunday night. investigators say two men approached 38-year-old Luis Enrique Alonso in front of his home as he was unloading groceries. The suspects grabbed Alonso, and one of the suspects pointed a silver handgun at him. Alonso grabbed the suspect’s gun and a brief struggle ensued. Police say Alonso then drew his own firearm and exchanged gunfire with the suspects. . . . Dauphin County, Pennsylvania (ABC Channel 27), February 1, 2016: . . . It happened Saturday around 4 p.m.
  • Gun Vs. Traffic Accident Deaths: Getting The Data Straight

    01/30/2016 3:02:15 AM PST · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Which are you more likely to be killed by: a car or a gun? We all know how many people die on the roads each year, so it would be mindblowing if there were actually more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths. Well, that’s exactly what the Associated Press is claiming happened in Tennessee in 2014. Media outlets from the San Francisco Chronicle to the Washington Times all ran stories on this. Others are even reporting that gun deaths exceeded traffic deaths in a total of 20 states. Their source? Primarily a report by the Violence Policy Center (VPC). In...
  • What Bernie Sanders misses about the rise in campaign cash

    01/21/2016 10:04:57 AM PST · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks that millionaires and billionaries buy elections. He hammered away during Sunday’s Democratic debate, complaining about people “pouring unbelievable sums of money into the political process.” According to estimates made by the Center for Responsive Politics, $3.77 billion was spent on elections for federal office during the 2014 midterms. Sanders blames this on the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, prohibiting the government from restricting independent political spending by unions, corporations and advocacy groups. But the growth rate in campaign spending long predates that case, and has actually slowed down since that decision....
  • A Semi-Automatic Handgun Ban Wouldn’t Stop Mass Shooters

    01/20/2016 3:06:30 AM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | January 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    President Obama’s timing is off. Just as he tries to assure us that there’s no conspiracy to take away our guns, Democrats across the country are calling for banning most firearms. From Georgia to California, Democratic legislators have introduced bills to ban all semi-automatic rifles or even all semi-automatics, period. In the New York Times this month, Thomas Friedman called for “bans on the manufacture and sale of all semi-automatic and other military-style guns.” The city council of Lexington, Mass., is seeking to “ban the ownership of semi-automatic or fully automatic weapons able to hold ammunition clips containing more than...
  • Bloomberg Twists Gun Research To Political Ends

    01/13/2016 11:19:00 AM PST · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 12, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Michael Bloomberg keeps pouring $50 million into his Everytown organization to push gun control. That's just a portion of the money he's spending to push gun control. Bloomberg is spending money not just on the political battle, but also on funding research that he can use to push for more gun control and training the media on how to properly cover the issue. While everyone sees that Bloomberg's TV ad spending easily dwarfs what the NRA spends, what has gone unnoticed is how heavily he's spending on research. Few may have noticed how heavily President Obama's speech introducing his new...
  • Obama and guns: Eleven false or misleading claims from the president's remarks this week

    01/07/2016 5:20:27 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 07, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    With tears in his eyes, President Obama pulled out all the stops in pushing his new executive orders on gun control this week. A Washington Post headline exclaimed, "President Obama’s amazingly emotional speech on gun control.” But the president also tried to appeal to people’s minds with a barrage of factual claims. Unfortunately, the president’s remarks had a large number of errors. Here are 11 of the false or misleading claims that the president made. 1. “But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t...
  • California school district doubles down on conceal carry policy, despite new state law"

    01/07/2016 5:09:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 07, 2016 | Fox News
    Weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill barring concealed weapons on K-12 school grounds, one district in Northern California is reaffirming its policy to allow the practice, and the local police chief agrees. The Anderson Union High School District will continue to allow licensed employees to carry concealed weapons on school campuses, with officials saying it will keep students and faculty safe. “It is definitely a pro to have people armed, responsible people armed who have been vetted and can actually provide another layer of protection for the kids,” Anderson Police Chief Mike Johnson told KRCR-TV. Anderson is located...

    01/05/2016 8:44:19 PM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 5, 2016 | Mary Kissel
    Opinion Journal’s Mary Kissel and Crime Research Center President John Lott on President Obama’s gun control measures.
  • Universal background checks do not stop mass shootings, study finds

    01/05/2016 6:02:24 PM PST · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 5, 2016 | Fox News
    A new study is questioning long-held government claims that background checks on private gun transfers could help stop mass public shootings. The report, published by the Crime Prevention Research Center on Jan. 2, argues that not only are background checks expensive, but that they have failed to thwart mass public shootings. The findings come as President Obama on Tuesday formally announced plans to expand background checks and make other changes to America’s gun rules through executive action. The White House has aggressively pushed for background checks following mass public shootings. After the December murders by a husband and wife terror...
  • Major new research: Do Background Checks on Private Gun Transfers Help Stop Mass Public Shootings?

    01/05/2016 5:59:52 PM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | January 2, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Abstract: Persistent claims have been made that expanding background checks to include any private transfers of guns would reduce mass public shootings. Yet, this is the first study to systematically look to see if that is true. In fact there is no evidence that these laws reduce the risk of these attacks. Examining all the mass public shootings in the US from 2000 through 2015, we find that states adopting additional background checks on private transfers they see a statistically significant increase in rates of killings (80% higher) and injuries (101%) from mass public shootings. There is not one mass...
  • Obama’s Gun-Control Order Is Dictatorial, and It Won’t Work

    01/05/2016 5:56:14 PM PST · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | January 5, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Today, upset that Congress has refused, in his words, to do “something, anything” to stop gun violence, President Obama released executive actions that bring the country closer to his oft-stated goal of “universal” background checks that cover the private transfer of firearms. The current law is very clear. Only federally licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks, and only sellers whose “principal objective of livelihood and profit [is] the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms” are required to obtain a federal license. Anyone “who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms” is specifically exempted from...
  • Magnets for murderers

    12/27/2015 3:05:57 PM PST · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | December 27, 2015 | MICHAEL R. GORDINIER
    Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. In the Tuesday Tribune, Edward Lawlor argued such signs make us safer. He claimed the research of one of the authors here, John Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime,” has been “refuted.” But he ignores that more than two-thirds of the peer-reviewed research by criminologists and economists that look at national data support those findings and that not a single study finds a bad effect on murders, rapes or...
  • Concealed Handgun Permit Holders Stop Four Violent Crimes in Five Days

    12/26/2015 9:03:00 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | Dec. 26, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Macon, Georgia, December 26, 2015: A Warner Robins man told police that he shot and killed a man who tried to rob him. According to police, it happened around 8:10 p.m. on Christmas night on the 100 block of Oakridge Drive. . . . Antonio Bagley, 29, told [police] Jerrell Walker tried to rob him so he fired his pistol at him. Walker later died from a gunshot wound to the torso. Bagley has not been charged, and the case is still under investigation. . . .
  • More from the gun wars ...

    12/26/2015 9:00:07 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | Dec. 26, 2015 | Colin McNickle
    In its latest installment in a crusade to rid America of firearms, The New York Times “reports” on a “study” that purports to show how, in the first six years after Missouri “repealed the requirement for comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, the gun homicide rate was 16 percent to 18 percent higher than it was the six years before.” Oh, what an indictment, eh? Well, not exactly. The Times, which on Dec. 5 ran a front-page editorial (the first since 1920 when it took Republicans to task for nominating Warren G. Harding for president) against guns, was citing a...
  • Four Concealed Handgun Permit Holders use their guns to stop violent crimes in the last week

    12/19/2015 10:07:06 AM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 19, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Calumet City, Illinois, December 17, 2015 A Calumet City resident prevented a gunmen from robbing him by pulling out his gun and firing it at the would-be robber, Midlothian police reported. The 68-year-old man, who has a concealed-carry gun permit, told police that a man tried to rob him and his 9-year-old son Dec. 5 in the 3300 block of 147th Street. A witness said he heard people arguing outside, heard four or five gunshots and saw a man running through back yards heading south on Turner Avenue, according to police. . . . Salt Lake City, Utah, December 15,...
  • Most Americans Oppose Re-instituting a National Assault Weapon Ban

    12/19/2015 10:05:15 AM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 19, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    surveys by ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times show that the drop in support for a nationwide ban in so-called “assault weapons” mirrors the general decline in support for gun control that has been observed in the last couple of decades (here and here). The average of the two surveys weighted by the number of people surveyed shows that 6.9% more people oppose a national ban than support it. See also here.
  • More Americans view letting more people concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism

    12/19/2015 12:00:02 AM PST · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 19, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent). A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy). President Obama keeps pushing for more gun control as the solution to the threat of terrorism. . . .
  • Think background checks prevent gun violence? Think again.

    12/15/2015 7:52:42 AM PST · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 15, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    To the editor: Adam Winkler claims that we can reduce violent crime by requiring background checks on private gun transfers. This just isn't the case. ("Why banning assault rifles won't reduce gun violence," Opinion, Dec. 11) Indeed, California, Colorado and Oregon — sites of the three most recent mass public shootings — already have such laws in place. The same is true of mass public shootings that have occurred in France, Belgium, Norway, Germany and other European countries. Peer-reviewed research by criminologists and economists consistently shows that background checks don't reduce any form of violent crime. Law-abiding citizens, not gang...
  • The silliness of background checks, a very simple way to defeat being on the "no-fly" list

    12/13/2015 1:33:38 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 13, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Congressman Tom McClintock recounts his own experience being on the "no-fly" list. How was McClintock able to get around the ban that he faced on flying? He just had to fly under his middle name, which supposedly is "Miller." Suppose that the IRA activist "that the British government was mad at" whose name was similar to McClintock's had also started using his middle name and that it was "Richard." If the federal government started trying to make sure that the person of interested couldn't go that route, then not only would people with the name "Tom McClintock" find themselves prevented...
  • CPRC in Newsweek, putting the firearms accidentally carried at airport gun-free zones in perspective

    12/13/2015 1:29:57 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 13, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    At an annual rate, the US is on track to have 2,624 firearms found in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints, an 18.6 percent increase over the previous year. Fairly close to the 15 percent increase in the number of concealed handgun permits, and that this doesn’t count that there are three more states that no longer permits to carry concealed in their states. It would have been nice to have made this link explicit, but the careful reader will hopefully understand that point. . . .
  • France had more murders&inj from mass public shootings in ‘15 than US during Obama pres- 524to428

    12/13/2015 1:27:46 PM PST · by richardb72 · 16 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | December 13, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Yet, despite the impression that President Obama has been creating, France suffered more casualties (murders and injuries) from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (Updated 524 to 428). Note that these numbers don't adjust for the fact that the US has 4.9 times the population of France. The per capita rate of casualties in France is thus 7.95 per million and for the US it is 1.34 -- France's per capita rate of casualties is thus 5.93 times higher than the rate in the US. A systematic look at mass public shootings...
  • America could use more concealed carry gun permit holders

    11/29/2015 1:15:32 AM PST · by richardb72 · 28 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Reviewu ^ | November 28, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, such far-away places as Pennsylvania have experienced a surge in applications for concealed handgun permits. Permit requests have at least doubled in some large counties, including Allegheny. Pennsylvania has more than 1 million permit holders — 10.6 percent of the adult population — so the undoubtedly short-lived surge won't dramatically change the number of permit holders, but an increase still will make Pennsylvanians safer. Police tend to support an increase in permit holders. “What would help most in preventing large-scale shootings in public?” PoliceOne asked its 450,000 American officer members in 2013. The most...
  • As Paris Attacks Show, Europe In Denial About Gun Rights

    11/19/2015 4:03:27 PM PST · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 19, 2015 | John R Lott Jr and Julie Gavran
    French citizens were sitting ducks last Friday. For at least 10 uninterrupted minutes, terrorists mowed down attendants at Paris' Bataclan Concert Hall. In five other coordinated attacks, terrorists were given far too much time to go about their business. But European politicians are in denial. French President Francois Hollande immediately ordered 1,500 additional soldiers to protect the streets of Paris. After January's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country. These troops gave only the illusion of protection. Israel learned this lesson the hard way. In its first decades of...
  • University of Texas at Austin Debate on "Campus Carry: Good Policy? How to Regulate?"

    11/19/2015 3:45:49 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | November 17, 2015 | John R Lott Jr and Julie Gavran
    University of Texas at Austin Debate on "Campus Carry: Good Policy? How to Regulate?" The Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott debated Julie Gavran with the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus.

    11/18/2015 10:47:00 PM PST · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | November 18, 2015 | Ari Armstrong
    In August, Kleck told Mother Jones that he doesn’t know of any “credible criminologist” who believes that “with more guns there are less crimes.” More recently Kleck was interviewed by Ari Armstrong about these points and Kleck’s claims that there hasn’t been any increase in the rate that people are carrying permitted concealed handguns and that neither more guns nor more concealed handguns reduce homicides or any other type of violent crime. Here is the beginning of Ari’s interview with Lott: Recently I interviewed criminologist Gary Kleck about gun ownership and crime. In the course of that interview, Kleck expressed...
  • Scrapped: Maryland ends bullet ID program after 15 years, $5M and zero cases solved

    11/10/2015 10:16:16 AM PST · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 10, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    An ambitious plan by Maryland to catalog the “fingerprint” of every gun sold in the state -- making dealers fire a shot and send in the spent casing -- is being scrapped, literally. State authorities have conceded that the bullet ID program, enacted in 2000, cost $5 million, was plagued by technical problems and did not solve a single crime. Now, the 300,000 shell casings, one from every handgun sold in the state since the law took effect, will now be sold for scrap metal. "Obviously, I'm disappointed," former Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, whose administration pushed for the database, told...
  • Americans aren't giving up their guns

    10/29/2015 12:06:59 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 47 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | October 26, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Despite several years of Michael Bloomberg and others spending hundreds of millions of dollars attacking the NRA, a new Gallup poll shows that non-gun owners have a favorable opinion of the NRA (by 7 percentage points). Moderates are even 17 percentage points more likely to have a favorable opinion. Overall, the NRA has a significantly more favorable image than either President Obama or Hillary Clinton. Yet, according to Adam Winkler in The Washington Post, the NRA will inevitably decline in power. The claim is a simple one: Gun ownership is greatest among rural whites, a group whose voting power is...

    10/17/2015 2:06:01 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | October 16, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Crime Prevention Research Center President Dr. John Lott Jr. gives testimony on Senate Bill 442. This bill creates an exemption for CPL holders, allowing lawful concealed carry in gun-free zones.
  • Wall Street Journal: Gun Control Fictions

    10/05/2015 8:17:14 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 5, 2015 | Mary Kissel
    Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott on the recent Roseburg, Oregon massacre and why gun control won't work.

    10/04/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | October 2, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    John Lott talked to Mark Levin about the Oregon Community College shooting on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 6:35 to 6:53 PM. Levin: I thought that I would bring the nations pre-eminent expert on the program to discuss this yet again. . . . John Lott you are a national treasure. I appreciate you coming on the program.

    10/04/2015 2:14:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | October 2, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    John Lott talked to CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello about the new debate over gun control erupting after the Oregon shooting. Video available here.

    09/13/2015 10:16:32 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | September 13, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    The paper can be downloaded here ( The more downloads of this paper, the higher the papers ranking and the more difficult it will be for critics to ignore it. Not All Right-to-Carry Laws Are the Same, Yet Much of the Literature Keeps Ignoring the Differences John R. Lott Jr. Crime Prevention Research Center September 5, 2014 Econ Journal Watch, Vol 12(3), September 2015 Abstract: Unfortunately, many who have examined the impact of so-called "shall-issue" or "right-to-carry" laws assume that the adoption of such laws causes a large, immediate increase in the number of permits. But that is often not...
  • Is USA Today correct? Is it really true that "Renewed Calls for Gun Control Spur Sales?"

    09/07/2015 6:07:09 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 31 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Centerv ^ | September 7, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    USA Today repeats what is a popular claim, that gun sales are driven by pushes for gun control. Even when a spike in sales occurs after a shooting, there are two possibilities: 1) that they are worried about more gun control or 2) that people are more convinced that they have to defend themselves. After all, surveys are showing that people are more likely to believe that owning a gun makes them safer (here and here). As we will show, a careful analysis of NICS background checks shows that it is very unlikely that there was an unusual change in...
  • Americans are learning that more guns mean less crime

    09/07/2015 9:20:32 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | September 6, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer. A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed. And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and ABC News and the Washington Post show similar results. But it isnt just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits...
  • 11 Year Old Thwarts Home Invasion With A Gun, Cops Criticize Mother

    09/04/2015 1:17:56 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 57 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 4, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    An 11-year-old boy shoots an almost 17-year-old who had broken into his home, saving his 4-year-old sister and scaring away another burglar. The burglars repeatedly tried to break into the home, finally succeeding on their third attempt. The mother apparently purchased the handgun because of several previous attempted break-ins of her home. One can only imagine the relief that the mother had that her children were safe. Yet, the reaction from police and authorities was to question why the gun was so easily accessible. Police Sargent Brian Schellman told KTVI in St. Louis: Just seems at this point that any...
  • Researchers are wrong about private guns, police deaths

    08/17/2015 4:41:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 17, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Between 1996 and 2013, 991 police officers have been killed in the line of duty. These public servants put their lives on the line to protect Americans. Their deaths should concern everyone, including public health researchers. But researchers dislike of guns may be clouding their judgment, and a new study, which claims that more police were feloniously killed in states with more guns, mistakenly concludes that private gun ownership causes police deaths. The study, which was announced last week and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health, received extensive national and international news coverage. But if the researchers...
  • The New York Times Believes MoJos Gun-Control Myths

    08/13/2015 10:17:51 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 13, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    Normally, even the New York Times doesnt cite such an unreliable source as Mother Jones for evidence. But when it comes to gun control, its considered okay to use biased sources, call people names, and thoughtlessly dismiss the notion that gun-free zones endanger lives. After the recent shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, former Texas Governor Rick Perry suggested that people should be able to defend themselves in public. How did the Times react? It characterized those who agree with Perry as fanatics who own the Republican Party by intimidation. Take the Times response to the fact that, with just two exceptions,...