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  • Why Michael Bloomberg's latest push for gun control is all wrong

    03/13/2015 2:42:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 13, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Michael Bloomberg is spending tens of millions of dollars trying to convince state legislatures to support restrictive gun control laws. From television and newspaper ads, to blanketing communities with flyers, to bringing in people from out of state to testify, no effort seems too great. Then again, he is worth of over $36 billion. But Bloombeg’s newest campaign has become so extreme that even gun control advocates may wonder that he is becoming a liability to their cause. And he has already earned a reputation for fabricating numbers, with even liberal-leaning PolitiFact slamming Bloomberg for exaggerating the number of school...
  • Is gun ownership really down in America?

    03/12/2015 2:09:20 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Is gun ownership falling? The answer is yes, at least if you believe a new General Social Survey (GSS) by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). Supposedly, since the late 1970s, the percentage of homes with a gun has fallen from approximately 50 percent to 32 percent. “The number of Americans who live in a household with at least one gun is lower than it’s ever been,” reported Emily Swanson of the Associated Press. Time magazine also points to a PEW Research survey that has done a couple much more limited surveys that suggest a similar drop in gun ownership...
  • Obama Justice Department’s bogus report on racism by Ferguson Police Department

    03/09/2015 6:31:08 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 9, 2015 | john R. Lott Jr.
    Addressing the nation from Selma, Ala., on Saturday, President Obama said that while racism may be “no longer endemic,” as it was 50 years ago, his Justice Department’s report on Ferguson shows that the “nation’s racial history still casts its long shadow upon us.” Sorry: The Justice report doesn’t prove disparate treatment, let alone discrimination. In fact, it looks more like something ginned up to distract from the embarrassing fact that Justice (in another report released the same day) wound up fully validating the findings of the Ferguson grand jury. Racism is serious, and those engaging in it should be...
  • Bloomberg’s Amazingly Inaccurate Ad to Keep Areas Gun-Free Zones

    03/03/2015 9:32:58 PM PST · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | MARCH 4, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Bloomberg's argument here is that the bill to allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry on school property is really an attempt to let criminals carry guns around schools. The fact that people will need a permit that requires a criminal background check is never mentioned. So what is the rate that permit holders cause problems? It is very, very rare. . . .
  • Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott talking about gun-free zones on Wyoming Capitol Outlook

    03/02/2015 4:26:29 PM PST · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Wyoming Public Television ^ | February 27, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Crime Prevention Research Center's John Lott talking about gun-free zones on Wyoming Capitol Outlook, Wyoming Public Television
  • Let’s not be so quick to believe gun-control rhetoric

    02/16/2015 2:32:15 PM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 16, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another. In fact, contrary to the rhetoric by gun-control organizations, permit holders almost never use their guns to commit violent crimes. Last Wednesday, The New York Times claimed “there should be no disputing” a new report, which claims there were 722 gun deaths nationwide from May 2007 to February 2015 that were not self-defense. The Times asserts: “The full death toll attributable...
  • “Open Carry versus Campus Carry: what should be the priority”

    02/12/2015 7:41:43 AM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    With well over 700,000 concealed handgun permit holders in Texas, there is a good chance that someone next you in a grocery store or restaurant is carrying a concealed handgun. But some are only satisfied if others actually know that they are carrying. They think that by openly carrying guns they can make others comfortable with guns. They want to make a statement. Texas lawmakers are now wrestling with the questions of campus carry and open carry. They couldn’t face a clearer choice between enhancing safety or making political statements. Open carry advocates carry rifles because they can’t legally openly...
  • Terrorists can strike any time, anywhere: Self defense saves lives

    01/27/2015 2:30:14 PM PST · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 27, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Terrorists can strike anywhere and at any time, giving them a huge strategic advantage.Unfortunately, too many politicians around the world are refusing to admit this. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris earlier this month, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to be very effective. Israel learned this lesson the hard way. For several decades after its founding, Israel responded by putting more soldiers and armed police on the streets. Unfortunately, a mass killer can wait for officers to leave the scene or to kill the uniformed officers first....
  • MACHETE VS. FIREARM: Defensive gun use in Canada

    01/19/2015 7:59:23 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Canada's Sun News Network ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Lilley & John Lott
    http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/featured/prime-time/867432237001/machete-vs-firearm/3998897878001
  • The Melbourne Square Mall in Florida is yet another gun-free zone

    01/17/2015 8:42:07 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | January 17, 2015 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    There might not be too many malls in Florida that ban permitted concealed handguns, but the Melbourne Square Mall where there was an attack that left one victim dead and one wounded was another gun-free zone. The Melbourne Square Mall is “a Simon Mall.” Yet, none of the news media have mentioned this point.
  • The bias against guns: What the media isn't telling you

    01/09/2015 12:10:18 PM PST · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 9, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Just two days before New Year’s, a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother at a Wal-Mart in rural Idaho. The victim was Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old concealed handgun permit holder. The child had reached into his mother’s purse. Massive news coverage ensued. Tragedies like these make headlines. That’s understandable. But where was the news media on the previous day, when concealed handgun permit holders likely saved multiple lives? — In Fargo, N.D., four people robbed a 36-year-old man and beat him unconscious. Fortunately, a permit holder stopped the attack. “The passer-by, who has a license to carry a concealed...
  • Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott

    12/08/2014 8:52:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Media Matters has long advertised to the public a commitment to fighting misinformation on the internet, but lately the group seems to be creating misinformation of its own. The nonprofit generally targets Republicans and is regularly cited by pundits and news outlets. More recently, the group engaged in what could best be called a smear campaign against John Lott, an economist, firearms researcher, and Founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center. For more than a decade, Lott has developed a unique public profile as an expert on guns and society, who combines advocacy with substantial data and academic rigor. Media...
  • Dangerous distortions about cops shooting black men: Oft-cited figure based on questionable math

    12/02/2014 2:05:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, December 2, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Exaggerations have poisoned discussions about relations between blacks and the police. “Black men between the ages of 15 and 19 are 21 times as likely as whites to be killed by a police officer,” said Chuck Todd on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree echoed Todd. “The data is clear, that black boys are being killed by white police officers around the country.” The claim was repeated frequently on other shows. But those numbers aren’t entirely accurate, and they are far from the whole truth. . . . Todd and Ogletree relied on an analysis of FBI...
  • Who's really stupid?: What Jonathan Gruber got wrong about ObamaCare

    11/19/2014 5:14:09 PM PST · by richardb72 · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 11, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Academics often believe they are the smartest people around, and they like to tell others how best to live their lives. Add the government’s power to control people’s lives and you have a dangerous combination. Americans got a taste of this elitism when MIT’s Jonathan Gruber mocked "the stupidity of the American voter." But American voters aren’t the only ones who make mistakes. Time after time, the “architect" of ObamaCare underestimated costs and overestimated how many people would be covered. Like so many Ivory Tower academics, Gruber doesn’t understand how the real world operates. Could it be that those “stupid”...
  • Hidden consequences of Washington State's gun background check Initiative 594

    11/01/2014 12:20:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 01, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Let’s say a stalker is threatening a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun? If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison. Suppose you are a Boy Scout leader. Once a year, the scouts take a trip to a local farm where the boys earn their firearm merit badges. If you continue to stick with this annual ritual you may soon find yourself in prison....
  • The truth about young black men and police shootings

    10/22/2014 8:51:47 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    . . . About a week ago journalists at ProPublica and Slate further fueled the anger many blacks felt about the shooting. Slate’s headline read: “Black Teens Vastly More Likely to Be Killed by Police Than Whites Even After Adjusting for Crime Rates.” The incendiary finding got massive uncritical news coverage including the New York Times, NPR, major newspapers around the country such as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Dallas Morning News, and the major networks. If their claim is right, and blacks are unjustly facing “vastly” higher rates of being shot by police, it is a serious indictment...
  • The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings

    10/12/2014 3:11:16 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 12, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn. The FBI counted 160 “mass” or “active” shootings in public places from 2000 to 2013. Worse, it said these attacks rose from just one in 2000 to 17 in 2013. Media outlets worldwide gave the “news” extensive coverage. Too bad the study is remarkably shoddy — slicing the evidence to distort the results. In fact, mass public shootings have only risen...
  • Will New Gun Law Stop Mass killings?

    10/11/2014 7:54:39 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | October 11, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist. With that evaluation, a person could be held for 72-hours. After the Elliot Rodger’s killings earlier this year, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday, September 30th that makes significant changes. The irony is that deputy sheriff officers had gone to Rodger’s home but did not believe that Rodger posed a danger to himself or others. The law that was thus motivated by Rodger’s case would not have prevented...
  • “It’s a Mean, Mean World?”: John Stossel’s Fox News Show discussing Bloomberg’s false claims

    10/04/2014 4:54:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 04, 2014 | John Stossel
    John Stossel’s show invited Bloomberg’s various gun control organizations to send a representative to debate on guns, but, as they have done so many times in the past, Shannon Watts and the rest of Bloomberg’s staff declined to participate. The show discussed Bloomberg’s claims regarding the risks of guns in the home as well as domestic violence. Bloomberg’s PR people did send some statements to be read on the show and they were discussed. This show aired on Fox News on Saturday at 5 PM EDT and will re-air at 10 PM EDT on Sunday, and 1 AM EDT on...
  • Violent Crime, Not Police Abuse, Is The Real Threat To Black Americans

    08/22/2014 5:46:24 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 22, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Yesterday’s “Nationwide Day of Rage for Ferguson,” demonstrations that were planned to protest police violence against blacks for the 51 cities across the U.S., was a bust. Is it possible that most blacks believe that violent crime, not the threat of police, is the real danger that threatens black Americans, particularly young black males? The high point of protests was a mere 40 people showing up outside the White House. Some 20 to 30 people showed up in cities such as Boston, Denver, and Des Moines. In places such as St. Louis and Oakland, virtually no one seemed to turn...
  • The facts about Dartmouth student Taylor Woolrich and her stalker

    08/13/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 12, 2014 | john R. Lott Jr.
    It is often very hard for women who have been victims of sexual type crimes to publicly discuss what has happened to them. Last week in Washington, five women came forward to discuss how gun free zones at colleges have prevented them from defending themselves. From rape and sexual assault, to stalkers, to one woman whose stalker killed her husband, to death threats,these women bravely came forward and talked of the traumas -- all but one telling their story publicly for the first time. One woman's story made national headlines. Taylor Woolrich, a junior at Dartmouth College, has been stalked...
  • Evidence that guns deter: “Knockout game” attacker asks victim if he is armed before hitting him

    08/10/2014 10:59:14 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 36 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 10, 2014 | CPRC
    The Florida Times-Union points to how guns deter in an attack on a man on Neptune Beach: "The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the “knockout game.” He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a “Glock.” The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed. "Fearing that the boy would continue to hit him until he was unconscious, the man grabbed at a folding knife that he had tucked into his waistband and pretended to have a gun. The boys fled, and the...
  • Should colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed weapons?

    08/08/2014 9:19:33 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | August 7, 2014 | Lyndsay Winkley
    Take survey on "Should colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed weapons?" The article is pretty useful also
  • Geraldo Rivera makes a complete mess of the Taylor Woolrich case on Fox News

    08/07/2014 5:50:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 21 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | August 7, 2014 | John R Lott
    Taylor Woolrich’s case was discussed on Fox News this afternoon. Unfortunately, Geraldo Rivera was on to discuss Taylor’s case and he was very ill informed about what was happening. Here are just five errors in his discussion. 1) Bennett could be released from jail at any time and Taylor calls up every day to make sure that he hasn’t posted bail. Bennett has hired one of the very best defense lawyers in San Diego county, and apparently has been able to post a large retainer of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the lawyer. His bail is set at $300,000,...
  • Dartmouth, I am one of your students, I am being stalked, please let me carry a gun

    08/06/2014 11:21:04 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 6, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    ver the last four years, I have lived with the constant threat from a stalker – a stalker who is now in jail for the third time for violating a restraining order. Every day I live with these questions: What if today is the day that my stalker posts bail? What if today is the day that he discovers my parents’ new address? What if I go to a lecture on campus and he shows up there? I feel that I have no control over my life. My family was forced to move. I have had stay indoors, keep drapes...
  • False claims may allow illegal immigrants to stay in the US

    07/29/2014 4:39:07 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Why are tens of thousands of unaccompanied children traveling thousands of miles to the U.S.? Is it to avoid violence? Or is it for a chance to live in a much wealthier country? The answer will likely determine whether they can stay. ADVERTISEMENT Last week, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge cited a government report showing that 219 of 230 illegal immigrants who were interviewed said they came to the U.S. because they thought they could get a free pass to American citizenship. Another study, by the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged that many “are probably seeking economic opportunities in...
  • Explaining why limiting gun magazines to 10 bullets is dangerous

    07/19/2014 12:45:23 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 18, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    CPRC’s op-ed in the Star-Ledger (the largest paper in New Jersey) starts this way: ut there is a reason that gun control supporters, such as Malloy, don’t provide evidence that Christie is factually in the wrong. There have been plenty of studies on assault weapon bans by criminologists and economists alike, but there isn’t any evidence that limiting magazine size helps fight crime. Take the work of two criminology professors, Chris Koper and Jeff Roth. They were hired by the Clinton administration to evaluate the original assault weapons ban, which limited magazines to 10 bullets. They found: “the evidence is...
  • Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel

    07/17/2014 5:09:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | Fox News | john R. Lott Jr.
    Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded. At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would "continue to make the case" that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution. But Chicago's problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much...
  • A possible mass public shooting stopped by a concealed carry permit holder

    07/13/2014 12:09:41 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 13, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    It looks like four party goers happened upon some gang members. Fortunately, one of the victims had his permitted concealed handgun. This dramatic defensive gun use got attention in Chicago, but if the permit holder hadn’t been at the scene, having multiple victims shot would have made national news. From the Chicago Tribune: A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the...
  • Mr. Obama, you can’t blame our economic troubles on weather

    07/07/2014 4:16:38 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 7, 2014 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The economy took a bad hit during the first quarter this year. It shrunk at an annual rate of 2.96 percent. Since the beginning of 1947, there are only 16 of the 268 quarters experienced worse growth. The Obama administration blames the slow growth on the “historically severe winter weather, which temporarily lowered growth.” Jason Furman, the chair of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors, made this assertion again on July 3rd and President Obama has made this claim several times. But that doesn’t square with the historic data. The five worst winter storms or winters with the coldest temperatures do...
  • What the Supreme Court still doesn't understand about guns

    06/25/2014 7:37:06 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2014 | John Lott
    In what’s being hailed by many as a victory for gun-control advocates, the recent Supreme Court decision on “straw” purchases of guns has completely muddled the whole issue of background checks and “straw” purchases for potential gun owners. The court ruled 5-4 that, as The Hill.com put it, “one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another — a practice known as "straw" purchasing. The case heard by the high court involved a Virginia police officer, Bruce Abramski, who bought a gun, a Glock 19 handgun, for his uncle. The police officer, who could get a...
  • Obama making up facts about guns

    06/17/2014 4:21:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2014 | John Lott
    President Obama just can't seem to help himself. Over and over again, he makes exaggerated or false claims about guns and crime. Last year Obama kept asserting the bogus numbers such as “40 percent of all gun purchases take place without a background check.” Besides the study being based on a tiny survey it was started before the Federal background check law went into effect. Moreover, the 40 percent figure referred to all transfers, not just sales, and the vast majority of transfers took place within families through gifts and inheritances. Then, for good measure, Obama added an extra 4...
  • Media feeding frenzy over open carry guns in restaurants much ado about nothing

    06/03/2014 8:03:55 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 03, 2014 | john Lott
    The NRA’s strong statement reprimanding a few people for carrying long guns into restaurants was bound to get media attention. Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action and much of the media quickly jumped in and described various restaurants as “asking customers to leave their guns at home.” But their assertions couldn’t be more misleading. The headline at USA Today saying “No Guns Inside” or at MSNBC and Huffington Post saying “No-Gun Policies” are simply wrong. A big deal has been made of Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Chipotle, Wendy's, Applebee's, Chili’s and Sonic’s supposed bans on guns, with Bloomberg’s groups declaring “victory.”...
  • Memo to gun-control advocates: Even Elliot Rodger believed guns would have deterred him

    05/28/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2014
    How can we prevent mass murderers? Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six innocent people this past Friday in California, is causing everyone to ask that question, yet again. Rodger spent over a year and a half meticulously planning his attack. His 141-page “manifesto” makes it clear that he feared someone with a gun could stop him before he was able to kill a lot of people. Consider his discussion about where he thought the best place to attack people was: . . .
  • Typical misinformation put out by Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action on Santa Barbara shooting

    05/25/2014 8:31:55 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 25, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Given the Santa Barbara killers’ hatred of women (though 4 of the 6 people killed were men), it is understandable that the topic of violence against women would be discussed. Not too surprisingly, despite the fact that half of those killed were killed by being stabbed, gun control organizations have been pushing for more gun control. In particular, Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action makes this claim about female victims of firearm homicides. . . . It seems doubtful that Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action could even make this comparison across all countries. The UNODC data allows you to break down murders by...
  • 6 killed, seven wounded in Mass Public Shooting in Santa Barbara, a giant gun-free zone

    05/25/2014 8:29:31 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 19 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 24, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    UPDATE: As usual, the media news stories got fundamental facts wrong here. Of particular interest, half the people killed here were stabbed to death. Also, you won’t hear this in the news, the magazines that the killer used were also apparently limited to holding no more than 10 rounds (note that the Sheriff said that all the magazines were legal under California law). Obviously neither point fits the gun control check list. My guess is that because of these points the news media interest in this story will be relatively short lived. UPDATE: The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s office had interviewed...
  • Another Round in the Death-Penalty Debate: The Washington Post messes up the math

    05/13/2014 6:01:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | MAY 13, 2014 | John Lott
    The death-penalty debate goes on. After a piece that I wrote about the debate last week, National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke wrote a response, followed later by a much stronger attack by the Washington Post’s Radley Balko. Cooke’s response was philosophical and drew a distinction between killing someone in self-defense and using the death penalty, though given the evidence that the death penalty deters murders and thus saves lives, that distinction isn’t as clear as he thinks. Balko, a blogger/reporter for the Washington Post, based his reply on empirical evidence. He puts a lot of faith in studies by...
  • Media bias on gun free zones

    05/02/2014 1:43:37 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | John Lott
    Another multiple victim public shooting, yet another attack that occurred where guns are banned. Tuesday’s tragic attack at a FedEx facility in Cobb County, Georgia, left six people injured, with one still in critical condition. The media quickly rushed in with stories about an “assault rifle” being used in the attack. This claim was made everywhere, in stories including the New York Times, USA Today, CBS News and the BBC. But it wasn’t an “assault” weapon. The attack occurred with a shotgun. During the first two days of news coverage, there was a virtual complete media blackout on one of...
  • Save Lives & Deter Criminals — Help start the Crime Prevention Research Center

    04/21/2014 3:15:28 PM PDT · by richardb72
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 21, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control advocates have recently put hundreds of millions of dollars toward "public health" studies, with predetermined outcomes. These studies are beginning to find their way to the main stream media. Soon there will be an avalanche of studies, and their advice puts lives at risk. John Lott is the founder of this organization and is seeking to counter the bogus studies by providing rapid response to the new studies as well as conducting high-quality peer-reviewed academic studies. Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns, has conducted decades of research showing that armed citizens...
  • What the press is missing in Bloomberg's anti-gun push

    04/17/2014 8:04:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 17, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control has largely been a top down effort. Michael Bloomberg’s latest announcement that he will spend another $50 million to push gun control – 2.5 times the amount spent by the NRA annually on political activities – is all too typical. Last year, gun control groups, largely due to Bloomberg’s money, outspent gun rights groups by about 7.4 to 1 on TV advertising. With a net worth of $31.2 billion, Bloomberg can afford round-the-clock armed bodyguards, but he doesn’t recognize the need for others to have armed protection. Despite his money, mayors belonging to Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns...
  • After Fort Hood: Should soldiers be allowed to bear arms on base?

    04/09/2014 1:29:28 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 09, 2014 | John Lott
    In debates on gun control, gun opponents usually speculate about what might go wrong. Unfortunately, the current debate over arming soldiers on military bases is no different. Except for the military police, soldiers on military bases are banned from carrying guns. But that hasn’t always been the case. The ban itself hasn’t been around that long. It was proposed during the George H.W. Bush administration in 1992 as an effort to make the military a more "professional business-like environment." President Clinton rewrote and implemented the ban in 1993. After the attack at Fort Hood this past week, many soldiers no...
  • Media Matters and TPM mislead over CPRC’s interview on Gun-free zones

    04/05/2014 12:47:03 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 3 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 5, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    It is quite flattering that Media Matters and TPM spent so much real estate going after me. Media Matters’ post was at the top of their front page from late morning on Friday until at least midnight (my last check). [UPDATE: As of 2:15 PM on Saturday, their article has been at the very top of their front page for over an entire day.] John Lott’s debate on MSNBC is available here (April 4, 2014 from 10:05 to 10:14 AM (this version has almost the entire exchange, though it doesn’t include Chris Jansing’s introduction and first question)). Unfortunately, Media Matters,...
  • Fort Hood attack: My son, our soldiers, are defenseless, sitting ducks

    04/03/2014 6:03:43 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 3, 2014 | John Lott
    The Obama administration hasn’t learned anything from the massacres at Fort Hood in 2009 or the Washington Navy Yard last year. For all my research on how to stop or prevent mass public shootings and all the victims at these attacks that I have talked to over the years, the attack this week at Fort Hood was different. My son Ryan, who is stationed at Fort Hood and recently back from a tour in Afghanistan, was just two blocks from the attack and could hear the shots. However, as was true in the 2009 attack at Fort Hood by Major...
  • Putting America back to work

    03/10/2014 3:57:20 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Sun News Channel ^ | March 7, 2014 | Brian Lilley
    Sun News TV Channel (Canada) dissects what the Obama administration has done to damage the US economy. An explanation is provided about how Obama's "stimulus" program increased unemployment. Video is available here: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/putting-america-back-to-work/3309688467001
  • Study showing Bloomberg lied about gun research

    02/27/2014 5:44:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Fox News
    A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades. The Crime Prevention Research Center study examined how a 1996 decision by Congress to strip funding for firearms research actually impacted the world of academia. To hear national media outlets tell it, the decision led to a drought in research from 1996 to 2013 -- when such funding was once again allowed. Stories from The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters and other outlets all have claimed that Washington, with the backing of the National Rifle...
  • Study cherry picks Missouri gun data to make misleading case for more control

    02/21/2014 9:49:18 AM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2014 | John Lott
    With headlines claiming “Study Shows Gun Control Works,” media outlets such as CBS, MSNBC, PBS, Washington Post, and BBC were breathless over a soon-to-be-released study by Daniel Webster in the Journal of Urban Health. The claim is that when Missouri in 2007 made it easier to buy handguns, the murder rate went up relative to the U.S. murder rate. Prior to August 2007, Missouri law had established what is known as a universal background check, closing down the so-called gun show loophole. While it is true that the murder rate in Missouri rose 17 percent relative to the rest of...
  • Bloomberg's latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality

    02/17/2014 5:17:55 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2014 | John Lott
    Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence? Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage. They claimed that 44 shootings occurred in schools and colleges nationwide since the Newtown, Conn. massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 and Feb. 10 of this year. Out of the 44 shootings, a total of 28...
  • We're looking at 2.5 million discouraged workers thanks to ObamaCare

    02/14/2014 7:29:22 AM PST · by richardb72 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 13, 2014 | John Lott
    Tens of millions have lost their health insurance or will very soon lose it. ObamaCare enrollees are being turned away from doctors’ offices. Health insurance premiums are soaring. Others can no longer receive care at top hospitals. Personal information is being stolen from the ObamaCare website. The list of problems goes on and on. To add to that list of problems we now find that ObamaCare will discourage 2.5 million Americans from working, reducing our national income and increasing the deficit. Almost four years after ObamaCare was enacted, Congressional Budget Office finally decided: “In producing this year’s projections, one area...
  • ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans

    02/07/2014 10:22:01 AM PST · by richardb72 · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 07, 2014 | John Lott
    Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns. Last week, on January 31, ABC News saturated its news programs with the alleged danger of gun ownership. It started early in the day with a segment on “Good Morning America,” then came a report on the evening news, and finally an entire hour devoted to the subject on "20/20." The reports all focused on the dangers guns pose for children. Although a producer for ABC News spent hours asking me questions about...
  • One year after Newtown, support for stricter gun control has disappeared

    12/13/2013 5:26:17 PM PST · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 13, 2013 | Fox News
    President Obama has pushed hard for gun control this year and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent millions of dollars on ads, but the administration’s promise to coordinate “a November lobbying effort and plan events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut” has gotten little traction. Last year the Newtown shooting, with it horrific slaughter, lead to an immediate national movement for gun control. But that was short-lived, and opposition to gun control is currently very strong. Indeed, it appears to be the strongest in decades. A recent CNN poll finds the highest level of opposition to...