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  • Book review: The War on Guns, by John Lott

    08/15/2016 1:56:45 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 15, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    ’ve just finished reading one of the best books on gun control to come out in some time and wanted to share some of the experience with you. The timely and superbly written tome by John R. Lott Jr. is titled, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies.” You may remember John Lott from our previous coverage here of both gun control and crime in the United States. Some of his previous work included an analysis of the different ways that economists and criminologists view gun ownership, which he revisits in this book. Long before that, John...
  • The War on Guns, John Lott’s Important New Book

    08/12/2016 8:59:29 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Ricochet ^ | August 12, 2016 | Tim Groseclose
    John Lott, Jr., a PhD economist who has published scores of peer-reviewed articles in top journals, has written an outstanding and important new book, The War on Guns. It is, I believe, the most important document ever written about guns. The book has many outstanding aspects. One is Lott’s careful review of many studies that the media often cite in order to bolster arguments in favor of additional restrictions on guns. Often, Lott uses his exceptional training in statistics to expose major flaws in these studies. A second outstanding aspect of the book is Lott’s documentation of several cases where...
  • Trump wasn't calling for Clinton's assassination

    08/10/2016 4:25:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 53 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | August 10, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Was Donald Trump calling for Hillary Clinton's assassination when he spoke on Tuesday in North Carolina? The New York Times sure seems to think so. This was Trump's apparently offensive quote: "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know." Suppose the phrase Second Amendment people had been replaced with any other special-interest group. Would there be any claims that Trump was threatening assassinations? In a Newsweek interview on Monday, Hillary Clinton excoriated...
  • Why is Apple so afraid of a little picture of a gun?

    08/05/2016 1:56:14 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Apple’s next iPhone and iPad operating system will no longer feature an emoji picture of a handgun. In its place will be an emoji of a green, plastic squirt gun. There is nothing particularly threatening about the current handgun picture. You only see the side of the gun; it isn’t pointed at the reader or anyone else. No bullets are even being fired. The whole idea to drop the handgun emoji came about through a lobbying effort started by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The bomb, sword, knife, and axe emojis will stay. Apparently, a bomb with a lit fuse...
  • Do Democrats want to disarm minorities?

    07/28/2016 8:51:56 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 28, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    On Tuesday night, the mother of Trayvon Martin praised Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for having “the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation.” Numerous other speakers also raised the gun control issue at the DNC, too. But Wednesday night was clearly “gun night.” From Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to former Representative Gabby Giffords and her husband, NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly to others, a string of speakers pushed for more gun control. When President Obama addressed the crowd he also pushed the notion of changing background checks...
  • Hillary’s Single Legislative Success: Renaming a Building in NYC

    07/28/2016 4:27:49 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2016 | Nicole Goeser and John Lott
    Democrats have been using their convention speeches this week to make Hillary Clinton look like a can-do politician. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton flatly declared, “She’s a natural leader, she’s a good organizer, and she’s the best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” We heard speech after speech about how Hillary cares about the children, about her innovative ability to solve problems. But there is a reason the speeches lack specific examples. Hillary wasn’t much of a change-maker in the U.S. Senate. Sure, being president is different from being a senator, but both jobs require making deals. Both...
  • Obama’s false racism claims are putting cops’ lives in danger

    07/09/2016 12:35:15 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Hours before the murders of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, President Obama was again spouting false claims about racism by the police. He sees racism whenever there is any disparity in outcomes, no matter what the cause. Obama and others inflame passions, but take no responsibility, and instead use events to push for more gun control. Yet, shouting racism can endanger the lives of police officers. The Dallas police chief tells us one of the shooters “wanted to kill white people, especially white officers.” After the Trayvon Martin case, there were numerous cases around the country of blacks attacking...
  • Hillary dodged criminal charges for one simple reason

    07/05/2016 1:30:55 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 127 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Hillary Clinton likely dodged criminal charges Tuesday for a simple reason: the bar for bringing criminal charges against a politician, particularly a high public official, is so much higher than they are for anyone else. Prosecutions against such high public officials only go forward when there is “definitive” evidence. Evidence that prosecutors know will lead to a certain conviction. Why do I say that? Because earlier in my career I was chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. I worked frequently with prosecutors. The reputational loss public officials face from criminal charges can be so great that prosecutors feel...
  • CPRC's John Lott on CNN INTERNATIONAL to discuss the push for more gun control

    06/24/2016 4:39:49 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | June 21, 2016 | CNN
    Dr. John Lott appeared on CNN International to discuss the issue of gun-free zones and the push for more gun control laws. (Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 2:33 to 2:37 AM and Tuesday, June 21, 2016 12:33 to 12:37 AM)
  • The dirty secret about the four Senate gun control bills

    06/20/2016 10:03:14 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    In Orlando on Thursday, President Obama again called on Congress to do something about these mass public shootings. But the dirty secret about the four different bills that the Senate will vote on Monday is that everyone knows that none of them would have stopped the Orlando massacre. Indeed, none of the bills would have stopped any of the mass public shootings since at least 2000. Everyone wants to do something to stop these attacks, but the one thing that we know does matter -- ending gun-free zones – are being completely ignored in the legislation. Since at least as...
  • Mass Public Shooting in Orlando occurred in ANOTHER gun-free zone: 50+ dead in a shooting

    06/12/2016 8:00:00 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 30 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 12, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    On Friday singer Christina Grimmie’s was murdered in a gun-free zone in Orlando. Early this morning, at least 50 people were fatally shot at an Orlando night club — also a gun-free zone. Since at least 1950, only slightly over 1 percent of mass public shootings have occurred where general citizens have been able to defend themselves. Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but even if they had been present at the time of the nightclub shooting, they may have had a very difficult time stopping the attack. Attackers will generally shoot first at any uniformed guards or officers...
  • Concealed carry, California and the 9th Circuit’s misrepresentation of the facts

    06/10/2016 4:33:18 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 10, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Thursday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 7-4 decision that Americans don’t have a right to carry concealed handguns for protection. Since California bans people from openly carrying guns, their decision amounted to prohibiting people from carrying guns at all (whether openly or concealed). It is clear that a judge’s political affiliation determines whether he thinks that people have a right to defend themselves. Democratic judges are now moving to overturn recent Supreme Court decisions that struck down bans on guns. Last year, about 0.24 percent of adult Californians had a concealed handgun permit. In the rest...
  • Clinton Appointee to DNC Platform Com: "I really don't personally think anyone should have a gun"

    06/09/2016 8:05:37 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 45 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 9, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    A Hillary Clinton appointee to the Democrat Platform Committee, Bonnie Schaefer, is the one who made the statement that "I really don't personally think anyone should have a gun." VIDEO AVAILABLE
  • CORRECTING ANOTHER NEW YORK TIMES’ OPED: “GUN CONTROL THAT ACTUALLY WORKS”

    06/02/2016 3:19:58 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 12 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | June 1, 2016 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    Alan Berlow quotes one person who isn’t worried about gun registration leading to confiscation (“Gun Control That Actually Works,” May 31). But this isn’t very assuring. In 2013, New York City used registration lists to confiscate guns. Americans have seen this happen in California, Chicago, and Connecticut. Evidence suggests registration has not been important to solving crimes. The D.C. police department stated in a 2013 deposition that it could not “recall any specific instance where registration records were used to determine who committed a crime.” Despite registration since 1960, Hawaii has had a similar experience. In 2012, the Royal Canadian...
  • EPIX CHANNEL IS PULLING KATIE COURIC’S GUN CONTROL MOVIE WITH ITS FRAUDULENT EDITING

    05/31/2016 10:33:26 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 72 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 31, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Katie Couric's gun control movie has gotten a lot of criticism for fraudulently editing a discussion with the Virginia Defense League. Just earlier today apologized today for the misleading edits. EPIX has just announced that it is no longer showing the movie here. The two might not be unrelated. Will Apple now pull the movie from iTunes?
  • Obama just got one giant step closer towards creating a national gun registry

    05/27/2016 12:34:49 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    President Obama is taking a big step towards creating a national gun registry. Hawaii looks like it is about to provide the federal government with the list of all the gun owners in the state. Supposedly, keeping a list of gun owners’ names will enable the FBI to tell police if a gun owner ever gets arrested. But a national gun registry isn’t necessary to do this check. The FBI isn’t the only organization that can do background checks on already existing gun owners. Hawaii already has a gun registry, and can regularly run its list of names to see...
  • When ‘Smart-Gun’ Laws Are Not So Smart

    05/27/2016 3:34:58 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | May 26, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    At a White House conference on Tuesday with representatives of state and local law enforcement from all 50 states, Vice President Joe Biden asserted that an “overwhelming majority” of Americans fully support so-called smart guns — firearms that can only be fired by a particular person. Biden claimed that this technology “could have gigantic payoff for us” in saving lives and reducing gun-related violence. Now, President Obama wants to use federal grants to encourage police departments to buy “smart guns” for officers. The idea is to prevent officers’ guns from being used against them. In reality, this technology is more...
  • 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.
  • CPRC ON THE LARRY ELDER SHOW TO DISCUSS AUSTRALIA’S GUN BUYBACK

    05/03/2016 9:19:26 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 2 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 3, 2016 | Larry Elder
    CPRC’s John Lott talked to Larry Elder on his national radio show about Australia’s gun buyback and discussed his testimony before the Australia Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee. They also talked about Hillary Clinton’s comparison of the gun buyback to Obama’s 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 Philadelphia’s St. Paul’s Baptist Church. With a nod to Pennsylvania’s high rate of gun ownership, she declared: “There is a Second Amendment, there are constitutional rights. We aren’t 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 government’s 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 isn’t 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
    Breitbart.com ^ | 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 Obama’s January 5 executive gun controls would place even more reporting requirements –read, regulations — on the backs of FFLs, and CPRC’s 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=185&v=bOv1lsIn3vk
  • 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...
  • THE WSJ’S OPINION JOURNAL: GUN CONTROL FOR LIBERALS

    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. . . .