26 Oct , 2016


CPRC in the News: NBC News, Connecticut Post, WRCB TV, Guns.com, and others

NBC News, October , 2016; WRCB TV (Chattanooga, TN), October 26, 2016; Inland News Today (Riverside, CA), October 26, 2016

If anyone has a bone to pick with the Johns Hopkins report, it is John Lott. He is an economist and author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies” whose work is often cited by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups.

26 Oct , 2016


Five Defensive Gun Uses with permitted concealed handguns: 71 year old man stops being beaten and prevents carjacking

The reporters in a couple of stories said that “but is clear is that the situation could have had a different ending.”

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, October 24, 2016

. . . It all started with an elderly couple sitting in their car at the Red Rock Inn.

“The driver’s door was cracked slightly.

25 Oct , 2016


CPRC on the Frank Beckman Show on WJR radio to talk about a proposed “assault weapon” ban in Michigan

Dr. John Lott talked to Frank Beckman on his show on the 50,000 Watt WJR in Detroit about a new bill introduced in the Michigan legislature that would ban virtually all semi-automatic guns.

The bill defines an assault weapon as a semiautomatic pistol or semiautomatic or pump-action rifle capable of using detachable magazines, trigger pistol grips, shoulder stocks, barrel shrouds, muzzle brakes or commentators, and shotguns with detachable magazines or revolving cylinders.

25 Oct , 2016

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CPRC in the New York Daily News pointing out how much of a mess the background check system is

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece in the politics section of the New York Daily News starts this way:

Just in time for the election, the New York attorney general has released a new statewide study showing that many crime guns originated from other states. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office describes the report as containing “an unprecedented amount of information about traced guns.” He is using it to push for stronger federal gun control laws, in particular background checks on private gun transfers also known as “universal” background checks.

25 Oct , 2016

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CPRC in the New York Times: Commenting on “Report Highlights How Guns Flow Into New York From States With Weaker Laws”

The CPRC provided a little bit of balance in an article on the release of a new gun tracing report by the New York Attorney General.

. . . But John R. Lott Jr., the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center in Pennsylvania, disagreed. “That’s like finding out a lot of cars in New York come from another state,” he said.

25 Oct , 2016


Evaluating Bloomberg’s School of Public Health’s “Firearms on College Campuses”

This paper by the Bloomberg School of Public Health (copy available here, henceforth referred to as the Bloomberg Report) doesn’t even try to address the existing arguments that have been made on campus carry.  Below is a very rough, very quick response to their claims.  For those who are interested, here is a video of recent invited testimony that Dr.…

23 Oct , 2016

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The American Conservative discussing the “The War on Guns” in his essay “Does Gun Control Work?”

Robert Verbruggen, an editor at The American Conservative, writes:

. . . Today I’ll look at the issue, with a special focus on a new analysis the economist John R. Lott presents in his book The War on Guns. . . .

Enter Lott. In his book, he does spend some time going over the Missouri and Connecticut cases.

20 Oct , 2016

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CPRC at Fox News: “If Clinton wins, America, kiss your right to self-defense good-bye”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News:

In terms of individual rights, there has probably never been so much at stake in a presidential election. If Hillary Clinton wins, Americans will soon lose the right of self-defense in their own homes.

Wednesday night in Las Vegas moderator Chris Wallace quickly started off the debate by asking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about the Second Amendment. 

20 Oct , 2016


CPRC at the Heritage Foundation: “The Right to Arms and the War on Guns”

Dr. John Lott joined CPRC Board of Director Sheriff David Clarke and George Mason University Law Professor Nelson Lund on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to discuss “The Right to Arms and the War on Guns.”  Here is Dr. Lott’s talk.

For the entire conference see below. Lott’s talk starts at 19 minutes into the video.…