CPRC in the News: Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia), PoliZette, Western Journalism, Southern, and others

17 Feb , 2017  

Charleston Gazette-Mail (West Virginia), Saturday, February 11, 2017

. . . According to a 2015 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of women who applied for concealed-carry permits rose 270 percent between 2007 and 2015. 

Men’s applications increased 156 percent over the same period.

Jefferson believes the number of gun-carrying women will only increase.

“There’s no doubt about it, this is a trend,” she said. . . .

PoliZette, February 7, 2017

Ronald B. Turk, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives associate deputy director and COO, has written a white paper calling for the reduction of gun regulations. . . . .

“The report raises a lot of long-overdue questions about random and illogical gun regulations,” John Lott, director of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told LifeZette.

“For example, why are imports of so-called ‘assault weapons’ banned when domestic production and ownership of those same guns is allowed?” Lott asked. “Even European countries with strict gun control rules don’t have the regulations on silencers that we have in the US,” he added.

“Many times, the report points out how markets have changed over the last thirty years but that government regulation[s] haven’t done anything to keep pace with those changes. The regulations have simply become an inconvenience for law-abiding individuals and they produce no benefits,” said Lott. . . .

Western Journalism, February 16, 2017

When Congress asked the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a report on how many illegal aliens successfully cross the border each year, the figure they came up with was 250,000, which John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center said is “158 percent higher than they are telling people,” adding the “The administration has made fraudulent changes in the number to hide this.” . . . .

Southern (Florida Southern College located in Lakeland Florida), February 8, 2017

Just a few short years ago the thought of being armed inside of a school was unthinkable, today that has changed.

The argument for campus concealed carry is that an armed student or teacher has the opportunity in an active shooter situation not only to defend themselves but also to limit or stop an attacker before they are able to cause massive amounts of harm.

Their theory is supported, because according to the crime prevention research center concealed carry permit holders have risen from 4.6 million people to 12.8 million since 2007.

Since that time average murder rates have dropped from 5.6 per 100,000 people to 4.2 per 100,000 people. . . .

NRA-ILA, Saturday, February 11, 2017

Leading Criminologists and Economists Agree That Background Check Schemes Won’t Reduce Crime.

In his book, “The War on Guns”, Professor John Lott points out that states with these background checks experienced a post-2000 increase of 15 percent in per capita rates of mass public shooting fatalities.  They also saw a 38 percent increase in the rate of injury.  Many academic studies have failed to produce evidence that background checks on private purchases actually make a difference in reducing violent crimes such as murder and robbery.  In fact, murders are 49 percent higher and robberies are 75 percent higher in states with expanded background checks. . . .

Do so-called “universal” background checks stop criminals and make the public safer?

No.  In his new book, “The War on Guns, Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” economist John Lott, Jr, finds that economists and criminologists alike consistently find no benefit from background checks. From his book:

Eighteen other states either currently have universal background checks or had them at some point during the past three decades. . . . When you examine all the states, there is no evidence to be found that these background checks affect murder rates.

[U]sing data from all the states from 1977 to 2005, I found that these expanded background checks produced a very small and statistically insignificant 2 percent increase in murder rates.

[A]cademic studies consistently find that background checks have failed to reduce violent crime.

[B]ackground checks have not been successful in stopping criminals from getting guns.

Many academic studies have failed to produce evidence that background checks on private purchases actually make a difference in reducing violent crimes such as murder and robbery.

[M]urders are 49 percent higher and robberies are 75 percent higher in states with expanded background checks.

Twenty-two of 24 estimates related to changes in the suicide rate and in the murder rate against women and police showed “no change in crimes or suicides as a result of . . . new background checks.” Only two estimates showed statistically significant results. “One showed that states with expanded background checks on transfers had a large increase in police gun deaths. The other showed a relatively miniscule drop in total suicides. But even these results are no longer statistically significant when other factors are taken into account.

The bottom line is that these background checks on private transfers don’t help. Economists, criminologists, and public health researchers have yet to find that the Brady background checks did anything to reduce violent crime. Additional checks aren’t the solution. . . .


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