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  • Let us save lives by putting more guns in the hands of teachers

    04/09/2018 8:57:53 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 9, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The polls indicate that Americans support more gun control right now, but are also very skeptical that more gun control will reduce violence or mass public shootings. We typically see such increased support temporarily after mass public shootings. To win the debate, proponents of the right to self-defense must explain how their proposals are practical. They must explain how gun control actually makes people more vulnerable to attack. Everyone wants to do something about mass public shootings. But while gun control advocates call for more gun control within an hour of attacks, such as the high school shooting in Parkland,...
  • Responding to Vox’s: “America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts”

    04/04/2018 12:18:57 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | April 3, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    An article at Vox has gained attention for illustrating America’s “unique gun violence problem” in 17 maps and charts. Below, we will respond to the individual graphs below on Vox’s terms. But there are a lot of assumptions behind Vox’s graphs. Often, just one or two public health studies are cited to make a particular point, without discussing any of the known weaknesses with these studies. It would also be valuable for Vox to acknowledge and critique research that reaches the opposite conclusions. Economists focus on the notion of substitution. If you take away guns, people might commit suicides or...
  • March for Our Lives: Gun control ideas sound good, but are deeply flawed and won’t save lives

    03/24/2018 9:58:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 43 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    America continues to mourn the 17 people killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month. There is an understandable emotional desire to “do something” in response – but without evaluating what the “something” will actually accomplish. This is the driving force behind the March for Our Lives taking place Saturday in Washington. The motivations of many people taking part in the Washington event and other demonstrations around the country are sincere. But before we “do something,” we need to stop and think: what is the most sensible thing we should do? What will...
  • 2nd Amendment rights of more than 4 million Americans are at risk thanks to Republicans in Congress

    03/22/2018 3:00:15 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Congressional Republicans are jeopardizing the Second Amendment rights of 4.2 million senior citizens. At the same time, they have voted to funnel tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations and support other actions that Democrats will love. All of this is wrapped up in the giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that the House of Representatives approved Thursday on a 256-167 vote and sent to the Senate. Just before President Obama left office, his administration finalized new regulations banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances. About 10 percent of all people...
  • Congressmen explain the problem with false positives in the NICS System

    03/22/2018 2:56:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 22, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY), Scott Perry (R-PA), and Jim Jordan (R-OH) testified before the House Rules Committee on the Fix NICS portion of the Omnibus Spending Bill. Massie and Perry provide powerful statements on the “false positives” in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system. Here is an example of how Crime Prevention Research Center research makes a difference. Unfortunately, the House still passed this legislation as part of the Omnibus-spending bill. View video
  • Gun walkouts in schools don't let students think for themselves

    03/15/2018 3:35:47 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 15, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control is a contentious issue. It is one thing for a teacher to talk to his or her class about the issue, hopefully presenting both sides of the debate. But a rally on school property, featuring student speeches and attendance by school administrators and teachers, is something quite different. My daughter is a junior in high school, and her high school participated in Wednesday’s National School Walkout. On Monday the principal assured parents and students that the event wouldn’t be political, that it would just be a memorial commemorating the 17 people murdered at a Parkland, Florida high school...
  • Gun safety expert: push to ban guns for those under 21 would have little or no effect

    03/14/2018 1:10:44 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 14, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    As high school students staged a national walkout, gun control advocates have called for laws raising the age for gun purchases to 21, but one report shows this would have little if any impact. The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a new report looking into the age distribution of mass public shooters in America, with a particular emphasis on whether raising the age of those purchasing guns would have made any difference in recent mass shootings. CPRC President John Lott, Jr. concludes that, if the motivation for raising the age limit for gun ownership to 21 is the Parkland...
  • Fact Checker’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe

    03/11/2018 11:10:08 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | March 11, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016. They wrote: “Our conclusion is that this is accurate based on the CPRC’s definition of a mass shooting, but also extremely misleading. It uses inappropriate statistical methods to obscure the reality that mass shootings are very rare in most countries, so that when they do happen they have an outsized statistical effect.” They made two general points: questioning our definition of mass public shootings and that we obscure how rare these attacks are in European countries. Definition of mass public shooting. We...
  • Here's why raising the gun possession age could cost some crime victims their lives

    03/08/2018 11:31:17 AM PST · by richardb72 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 8, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    The Florida House gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill banning gun sales to anyone under 21, sending the measure to Gov. Rick Scott, who has not said whether he will sign it into law. More significantly, there is serious consideration in Congress of a similar national ban. On top of this, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, L.L. Bean and Kroger have all moved to discontinue gun sales to anyone under age 21. We all know what prompted these well-meaning actions. It was the horrific attack at a Florida high school last month by a 19-year-old that claimed the lives...
  • The left can't win on guns, so now they're trying to silent their opposition

    03/06/2018 6:03:20 PM PST · by richardb72 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 6, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    If you can’t beat the other side’s arguments, silence them. The idea is to keep yelling that the NRA is racist, that they are murderers and have “blood on their hands,” that they are a “terrorist organization” that they won’t support even simple measures to save lives. At the Oscars last night, wave after wave of the “cool people” called for banning guns. It doesn’t matter that the people doing the yelling are pushing proposals that wouldn’t save lives. Or that the people at the Oscars who called for banning guns were themselves protected by a phalanx of 500 armed...
  • Bias on Guns: Gap between movie review & audience scores is huge for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish”

    03/04/2018 12:05:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | Crime Prevention Research Center
    The gap between what audiences think of a movie and what top movie critics think of a movie has rarely been larger than for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish.” In fact, it is numerically very difficult for that gap to be any larger. While only 8% of the top critics (and 14% of all movie reviewers) at Rotten Tomatoes like the new “Death Wish,” 85% of the audiences who saw it like it. We have done some searching on the Rotten Tomatoes website, but we can’t find anything recent even close to that 78% gap. Thankfully, the Guardian newspaper looked at...
  • Bloomberg's organizations claims on gun control fail to match the facts

    02/28/2018 11:25:29 AM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety “is most famous for its running tally of school shootings,” according to the Washington Post. When Everytown tweeted out the claim that there had been 18 school shootings so far this year as of Feb. 14 — immediately after the Florida high school attack — the claim spread like wildfire. News organizations — including ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, NPR, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Politico, Time, MSN, the BBC, the New York Daily News and HuffPost — noted the statistic in their news reports or hosted experts who cited the number. Bloomberg’s...
  • In anti-gun fever, media misses some crucial facts

    02/18/2018 6:59:47 PM PST · by richardb72 · 15 replies
    The Hill newspaper ^ | February 18, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates often bank on scaring people into supporting their agenda. That’s how they’re fighting a “reciprocity” bill that requires concealed handgun permits to be honored in all 50 states — just like driver’s licenses. The scaremongering was on full display last Sunday, in CBS News’ “60 Minutes” lead segment by Steve Kroft on the dangers of concealed carry. It comes at a strange time considering Wednesday’s Florida high school attack, where 17 people died in a “gun-free” zone. For that matter, all mass public shootings in Florida have been in places where general citizens weren’t allowed to defend...
  • Florida shooting: Gun control advocates rush to distort the truth about what happened in Parkland

    02/16/2018 4:50:32 PM PST · by richardb72 · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Gun control advocates are only too sure that they occupy the moral high ground. In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead, they are accusing their opponents of having “blood on their hands.” It’s no longer just activists such as Chelsea Handler who are spewing such vitriol. Even mainstream liberals such as political scientist Norm Ornstein use the phrase. Gun control advocates’ new hot number is that there have been 18 school shootings so far this year, but this is a gross exaggeration. To get 18, one has to count all instances from kindergarten...
  • Another mass public shooting in Florida, another gun-free zone: Parkland, Florida school shooting

    02/14/2018 5:32:59 PM PST · by richardb72 · 25 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | February 4, 2018 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    When will there be a serious discussion of the dangers of gun-free zones? When will the media point out in their discussions of the guns used or how the guns were obtained that another attack occurred in a gun-free zone? After listening to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) push for more gun control on Shepard Smith’s show on Fox News this afternoon, we decided to put up this post. Video above of when Senator Nelson made very similar comments later on during Special Report shortly after 6 PM EST. Here is a listing of mass public shootings in Florida where at...
  • Trump's push for smaller government is having global benefit

    02/01/2018 1:26:21 PM PST · by richardb72 · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    “What is good for the United States is good for the rest of the world,” has been Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s mantra. Americans know how stock prices have exploded in the United States since President Trump’s election, but stock prices started rising at the same time around the world. To the shocks of Trump’s American opponents, he was greeted by the international elites at the gathering in Davos, Switzerland as almost a conquering hero. Meanwhile, George Soros told people at the meetings that he thought that Trump was a “danger” to the world. So many people view economics as a...
  • Gun-free school zones will not protect kids: A painful but honest lesson after school shooting

    01/29/2018 11:48:26 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | January 29, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Before knowing almost anything about last Tuesday's mass public shooting at a high school in Kentucky, gun control advocates were once again calling for more gun control. The horrible attack at the Marshall County High School killed two 15-year-olds and 14 others wounded. One thing is certain: Neither changes in background checks nor assault weapons bans would have prevented this attack. The killer was already too young to even qualify to go through a background check and he didn't use that type of weapon. Within hours of the attack, before we even knew how the shooter had obtained the gun,...
  • Undocumented Immigrants, U.S. Citizens, and Convicted Criminals in Arizona

    01/14/2018 3:13:07 PM PST · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Social Science Research Network ^ | January 14, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    Using newly released detailed data on all prisoners who entered the Arizona state prison from January 1985 through June 2017, we are able to separate non-U.S. citizens by whether they are illegal or legal residents. These data do not rely on self-reporting by criminals. Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens. Yet, there are several reasons that these numbers...
  • There's nothing wrong with Trump's desire for better immigrants

    01/12/2018 12:54:19 PM PST · by richardb72 · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2018 | John R Lott Jr
    it racist to say that you would prefer immigrants coming to the U.S. who are well-educated, skilled, and high-income earners? Or would you want poorly-educated, unskilled people? Is it racist for countries such as Canada and Australia to rank immigrants on a point system based on these qualities? President Trump supposedly called Haiti and African nations “shithole countries” and said, “We should have more people from Norway.” Trump denies using that language, while Republican senators say that “do not recall” him saying it. To Trevor Noah, it was a clear case of racism. “But you know what part put it...
  • The AP provides another example of how media pushes an anti-gun agenda

    12/03/2017 3:08:04 PM PST · by richardb72 · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2017 | John R Lott Jr
    is usually pretty hard to definitively identify media bias. Often pressed for time, reporters are just unaware of opposing opinions or facts. And there is no way for readers to tell what information has been left out. But an Associated Press article, which appeared in hundreds of papers from the Los Angeles Times to the Houston Chronicle, provided a unique peek at how the media selectively picks anti-gun information in order to push for gun control. The Associated Press article edited-down a 441-word version of a longer, 1,000-word article that appeared in the Indianapolis Star and a quote from the...