11 Jul , 2014

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CPRC Concealed Carry Report on Concealed Handguns in the News

Fox News: Murder rate drops as concealed carry permits rise, study claims

A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.

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9 Jul , 2014

New Report from Crime Prevention Research Center shows 11.1 million Americans Hold Concealed Carry Permits

UPDATE: Newest numbers 12.8 million permit holders.  Reports for other years can be seen here.

ORIGINAL POST: Concealed-Carry-Permit-Holders-Across-the-United-StatesThe Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) today released a report, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States, revealing that 11.1 million Americans hold concealed carry permits up from an estimated 4.6 million in 2007 [scroll down to see some updated numbers showing closer to 12 million permit holders].…

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9 Jul , 2014

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Discussion of Chicago’s crime problems ignore what Rahm Emanuel has done to the police department

There is a lot of discussion right now about the number of shootings in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend. As the Chicago Tribune notes:

16 people killed in weekend gun violence over the long holiday weekend in Chicago. Sixty-six other people were wounded, a toll Mayor Rahm Emanuel said is “unacceptable.” .

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9 Jul , 2014

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CPRC at Freedomfest in Las Vegas


Jennifer Pinnell is shown here manning the CPRC booth at the Freedomfest. For those attending, John Lott will be speaking on the topic “It’s A Crime: How Gun Control Cost Lives and Disarms the Poor” at 4:50 to 5:40 PDT PM on Thursday, July 10th.

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6 Jul , 2014

Discussion on the link between abortion and crime at Barron’s

John Lott has a review of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s new book “Think Like a Freak” in Barron’s. The review covers many points, but one of them is the claimed relationship between the liberalization of abortion and crime rates. Here is the relevant discussion:

Levitt and Dubner also brag in Think Like a Freak about the authors’ “truly original” thesis, presented in Freakonomics, that liberalizing abortion lowered crime rates.

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3 Jul , 2014

Media inaccurately describes Target’s position on customers bringing guns into stores

Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.

Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“

Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.…

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29 Jun , 2014

Talk on Obama and Bloomberg’s false claims about guns

Here are other interesting talks at the session by Nicole Goeser and Andrew Branca


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25 Jun , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: “What the Supreme Court still doesn’t understand about guns”

John Lott’s latest piece at Fox News starts this way:

In what’s being hailed by many as a victory for gun-control advocates, the recent Supreme Court decision on “straw” purchases of guns has completely muddled the whole issue of background checks and “straw” purchases for potential gun owners.

The court ruled 5-4 that, as The Hill.com put it, “one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another — a practice known as “straw” purchasing.

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20 Jun , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: What liberal media won’t tell you: School shooting deaths down, not up, across America

The Fox News piece starts this way:

Is there an epidemic of school shootings? Parents are understandably fearful, but their fear is unjustified. Schools are relatively safe places, and they have gotten much safer.

While even one death is too many, the number of children killed in school shootings has declined over the last couple of decades.

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19 Jun , 2014

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Another Planned School Shooting: Everything we have said about the planning, maximizing kills to maximize publicity, and the targeting of the school resource officer is true again here

How many more times do we have to hear the exact same story over and over again before we realize that these killers crave media attention? From the Times News (Kingsport, Tennessee) on June 12th:

. . . According to law enforcement officials, the teens intended to become the most notorious mass murderers of all time, with the highest body count.