24 Dec , 2013

Remember those claims that 80 to 90% of Americans wanted expanded background checks?: Well, no so much support for specific bills

UPDATE January 27, 2014: In a new national ad, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords again implies that since 90% of Americans support background checks that means that they will support the legislation that she is pushing.

“What is Congress afraid of? Nine out of 10 Americans support background checks. They make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns.

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18 Dec , 2013

CPRC on the Radio and TV discussing everything from plastic gun bans, 3D printers, and the Newtown Anniversary

Links provided for some of the shows.
Friday 12/6: Riley & Scot 10:09 a.m. ET. WROK-AM Rockford, Illinois
Friday 12/6 Dana Show at 1:35 p.m. ET. KFTK 97.1 FM Talk St Louis, MO
Friday 12/6: Andy Caldwell Show 6:30 – 7 p.m. ET. Ventura to San Luis Obispo, California
Tuesday 12/10: Steve Deace at 2-2:20 PM Eastern.…

18 Dec , 2013

CPRC on the Geraldo Rivera Radio Show debating gun control with Alan Dershowitz

John Lott debated Alan Dershowitz on the Geraldo Rivera Radio Show on Tuesday, December 17th at 10:05 AM.  The audio of the gun part of the debate is available here.

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18 Dec , 2013

CPRC on The Jim Bohannon Show talking gun control a year after Newtown massacre

CPRC’s John Lott was on The Jim Bohannon Show for an hour from 10 to 11 PM on Monday, December 16th.  The audio is available here.

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15 Dec , 2013

CPRC on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk

John Lott did this interview on Sunday, December 15th from 4:35 to 4:50.  The audio of the interview is available here.

13 Dec , 2013

Audio of CPRC’s appearance on the Lars Larson Radio Show to discuss Newtown anniversary

Lars Larson describes the discussion this way.

We’re approaching to the one-year anniversaries of the murders at Sandy Hook and Clackamas Town Center.

Gun control has been one of the hottest topics of this year, but where do we stand on it as we approach these anniversaries?

Dr. John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime” joined me on the program to talk about it…

The audio is available here.…

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13 Dec , 2013

Newest Fox News piece: “1 year after Newtown, support for stricter gun control has disappeared”

A New op-ed piece by John Lott starts this way:

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.

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8 Dec , 2013

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Problems with Public Health Research: Michael Siegel, Craig Ross, and Charles King, “The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981-2010,” American Journal of Public Health

In a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health, three researchers examine the relationship between “gun ownership” as measured by the percent of suicides committed with firearms.  There is a significant literature indicating that this measure actually is picking up the relationship between demographic variables and firearm homicides as how people commit suicide varies appreciably with demographic characteristics (gender, age, race, etc.).  …

8 Dec , 2013

Problems with Public Health Research: Garen J. Wintemute, “Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey,” Journal of Urban Health

The quality of research published in medical journals on public health is abysmal. The CPRC will occasionally publish comments on this research.

In this case, the full title of the paper by Garen J. Wintemute is “Support for a Comprehensive Background Check Requirement and Expanded Denial Criteria
for Firearm Transfers: Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey.” A copies of the article is available here and here and the abstract is as follows:

ABSTRACT Federal and state policies on eligibility to purchase and possess firearms and background check requirements for firearm transfers are undergoing intensive review and, in some cases, modification.

8 Dec , 2013

CNN Poll Support Gun Control

Polls consistently show that over the last couple decades more people are opposing more gun control

The most recent CNN poll shows more people ever recorded opposing more gun control (UPDATED CNN poll). From CNN, 52% of Americans oppose stricter gun control. The previous high opposition was 55% in September 2014. The average opposition since 1989 was 40%, so the current opposition is 12% higher than the average.…

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