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13 May , 2016  

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Dayton Daily News, May 13, 2016

All 50 states now allow some form of concealed carry, and since Obama’s election, the number of citizens with concealed handgun permits nearly tripled to more than 12.8 million, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The center calculated nearly a half million Ohioans — almost 5 percent of the adult population – had a concealed carry license in March of last year. . . .

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BuzzPo, May 14, 2016

Quite notably, according to CrimeResearch.org, there’s about 13 million concealed carry permit holders nationwide. That’s a drastic increase from only 4.6 million in 2007 when Obama was elected. They report: . . .

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The Guardian newspaper (UK), May 15, 2016

Most of the experts in [Katie Couric’s] film are very strongly tilted towards gun control. Did you try to hear from researchers or experts who aren’t gun control advocates, who are more on the gun rights side?

We spoke to Richard Feldman, who is a former lobbyist for the NRA.

We spoke to John Lott, he will be featured in a digital companion that we have. We did a great piece on him. He’s the originator of the idea that more guns equal less crime. His research has been criticized and largely discredited, and when we went to include it in the film, it felt like unnecessary real estate to put in the film, because we know his research has been debunked many times. We kept going back to the idea that we wanted to reserve the real estate in the film for the responsible gun owners. . . .

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The Federalist Papers, May 15, 2016

Currently, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Wyoming, West Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, and Montana (99.4% of the state, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center) are all states that do not require a permit to carry a concealed handgun. Missouri may just become the 12th state to forego such a requirement.

Contrary to what the Bloombergs and Shannon Watts of the world would have us think, crime rates have not soared in any of the states which have eliminated the permit requirement. Have you seen any stories about the bloodbaths in the streets of Tucson, or the mass shootings of Boise? No, that’s in places like Chicago and Washington D.C. (but of course, that doesn’t help the gun control agenda so it’s not reported by the mainstream media).

Responsible gun owners and carriers know better than Michael Bloomberg when it comes to guns. Legal guns owners are the most law abiding demographic in the United States. According to Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, concealed carry permit holders are even more law-abiding than police officers, statistically speaking! . . .

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MRC TV, May 11, 2016

As John Lott noted in his seminal analysis, “More Guns, Less Crime”, the presence of more citizens with guns inspires criminals to go elsewhere or engage in less confrontational crimes, thus reducing the incidence of violent crime. . . . .

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Greensboro (North Carolina) News & Record, May 11, 2016

Interview with a congressional candidate in North Carolina:

What do you think the federal government should do to balance gun rights and safety?: I strongly support the 2nd Amendment. Without the 2nd Amendment, the rights guaranteed in the other amendments would soon be lost. Those who would commit crimes would ignore legal restrictions, meaning such laws would only apply to law-abiding people. People should read “More Guns, Less Crime,” by Dr. John Lott

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From the Washington Times on Sunday, May 8th, 2016:

Donald Trump heads this month to the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Kentucky riding a wave of strong support from the country’s gun owners, who say he’s just what they’re looking for in November. . . .

Mr. Trump did write in his 2000 book, “The America We Deserve,” that while he generally opposes gun control, he supported a ban on so-called assault weapons and a slightly longer waiting period for a gun. . . .

He also is calling for national right to carry and says a concealed carry permit should work in all 50 states, and that U.S. military personnel should be able to carry firearms on bases and at recruiting centers.

“Whatever his comments have been in the past, he’s been very vocal and he often addressed the issue before other candidates have,” said John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Surely, since at least the campaign and maybe a little bit before, he’s been very consistent on the gun issue.” . . .

Meanwhile, past comments that he was adamantly pro-choice have produced heartburn among pro-life leaders.

Mr. Lott, though, said gun control, apart from any other issue, is one where there is a clear ideological delineation in the country, and Mr. Trump benefits from that.

“The one issue that most differentiates liberals and conservatives isn’t abortion, isn’t taxes, isn’t lots of other issues — it’s gun control,” he said.

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Hot Air, April 28, 2016

The Crime Prevention Research Center also issued a report saying that more people obtaining carry permits has decreased murder rates. Regardless, more Americans are carrying concealed firearms. Concerning women obtaining permits, that figure is up 270 percent since 2007. There is nothing “alarming” about Americans exercising their civil rights, especially one of our oldest ones. . . .

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The New American, May 3, 2016

John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime, weighed in on what Californians are about to do to themselves: “The question is, Who are you stopping from owning a firearm or getting hold of ammunition? In this case it is law-abiding poor … who won’t be able to afford the cost of ammunition which will rise with the cost associated with [enforcing the new legislation].” . . . .

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Bearing Arms, May 11, 2016

The Crime Prevention Research Center released a report in 2014 which notes 92% of mass shooters target “gun free zones” for their attacks. We do not know if any reports that cover the relatively rare phenomenon of mass stabbings in the United States, but considering the apparent trend towards mass stabbing in Europe and the Middle East, we may unfortunately have to start dealing with that reality. . . .

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Inquisitor, April 27, 2016

Almost this entire piece is a repeat of material at our website or recent op-eds.

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Townhall, April 23, 2016

The Crime Prevention Research Center also issued a report saying that more people obtaining carry permits has decreased murder rates. Regardless, more Americans are carrying concealed firearms. Concerning women obtaining permits, that figure is up 270 percent since 2007. There is nothing “alarming” about Americans exercising their civil rights, especially one of our oldest ones. . . .

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Examiner, May 6, 2016

Also yesterday, Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott took Clinton to task at National Review Online for repeating “the false statistic that gun violence claims the lives of ‘33,000 people a year’ in the United States.” That claim has been challenged by others, as this column has repeatedly reported.

“In fact,” Lott wrote, “in 2014 there were 21,334 firearm suicides, 586 accidental gun deaths, and 8,214 gun murders. Clinton gets to 33,000 by adding to the statistics above roughly 3,000 justifiable homicides by police and civilians.”

Lott further chided Clinton for lumping suicides together with murders, noting that she supports assisted suicide. “Given that Clinton supports assisted-suicide laws,” he said, “it is a little strange that she lumps together suicides with murders.” That assertion was based on a ProCon.orgassessment published on line last month, quoting a 2008 interview Clinton did with the editorial board of the Eugene Register-Guard in Oregon. . . .

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The Elko Daily Free Press, Thursday, April 28, 2016

In his recent book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” Second Amendment expert John Lott shows that the more citizens who carry guns, the less that crime occurs. His book proves that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure. He explodes the theory that laws restricting a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms somehow reduce crime. Instead, they increase crime by leaving the law abiding citizen without a gun to protect himself. His book shows that the vast majority of mass shootings which have occurred in America over the past 25 years have been in “gun free” zones, because these murderers know that no one there will be able to shoot back. . . .

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Mindanao Examiner, May 3, 2016

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime who founded and heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety, called the initiative “racist.”

“The question is who are you stopping from owning a firearm or getting hold of ammunition – in this case it is law-abiding, poor blacks and Hispanics who won’t be able to afford the cost of ammunition, which will rise with the cost associated with required background checks for ammunition purchases.” . . .

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The Kansan, April 27, 2016

A quote by John Lott phrases it perfectly. An expert on the Second Amendment, Mr. Lott notes that Tubman’s life is a rebuke to Politically Correct assumptions. As Mr. Lott tweeted after Mr. Lew made the announcement, “On $20 bill, Ds replace Andrew Jackson, a founding father of D Party, w Harriet Tubman, a black, gun-toting, evangelical Christian, R woman.” . . .


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