20 Feb , 2014

CPRC on KMOX to discuss new studies funded by Bloomberg on school shootings and Missouri

John Lott appeared on the Mark Reardon Show on KMOX to discuss new research funded by Michael Bloomberg on schooling shootings and Missouri ending its universal background check rules for handguns. The audio of the interview is available here (KMOX, Thursday, February 20, 4:05 to 4:14 PM CST).

Note: There was an error at the beginning of the segment suggesting that Bloomberg gave money to the CPRC.…

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20 Feb , 2014

CPRC on the Voice of Russia on why so-called “Smart guns” aren’t so smart

With the price of so-called “smart guns” running at $1,399 plus $399 for the watch that is required to make it work, this represents a dramatic increase in the price of guns and dramatically reduce gun ownership if mandated. The bigger problem is the question of reliability. Yet, Senator Edward Markey from Massachusetts is pushing a new bill to mandate that all new guns be these “smart guns.”
The audio of the interview on Voice of Russia is available here (Wednesday, February 19, 2014).…

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19 Feb , 2014

CPRC on the Steve Malzberg Show to discuss the media bias on guns


A copy of the interview and the audio is also available here. The interview covered the mistakes in the Bloomberg report on school shootings and the concealed handgun decision in the 9th Circuit.

19 Feb , 2014

Interview on Michigan Talk Radio about the 9th Circuit decision on Concealed Carry

The audio of the interview with John Lott is available here (8:07 to 8:14 EST AM, Wednesday, February 19, 2014).
• Write up on the court’s decision is available here.

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19 Feb , 2014

Media Bias on guns: Interview on Jim Bohannon Show discussing Bloomberg, ABC News, and the media

The interview during the first hour of the Jim Bohannon Radio Show is
available here (10:05 to 11:00 PM EST, Tuesday, February 18, 2014).
For the original pieces that generated the discussion see here:
• Errors with Bloomberg on school gun shooting stats
• Errors with ABC News on the risks of having guns in the home

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18 Feb , 2014

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What does Missouri show about the benefits from universal background checks?: Nothing really. Notes on the forthcoming Journal of Urban Health study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health

There has been some attention given yesterday and today about a study coming out from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University:

Repeal of Missouri’s background check law associated with increase in state’s murders

Missouri’s 2007 repeal of its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law, which required all handgun purchasers to obtain a license verifying that they have passed a background check, contributed to a sixteen percent increase in Missouri’s murder rate, according to a new study from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

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17 Feb , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: “Bloomberg’s latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality”

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

Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence?

Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage.

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17 Feb , 2014

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Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns claim that school shootings aren’t getting media attention


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Bloomberg’s groups claim that shootings at schools are ignored and don’t get media attention. Well, of 44 claimed cases the groups point to since Newtown, 24 of them were covered by USA Today. Five others were covered in at least New York Daily News (when the events were even no where near New York) or on the CBS Evening News.…

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17 Feb , 2014

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How has the number of people killed in non-gang, non-suicide shootings at K-12 schools changed over the last 20 years?

UPDATED INFORMATION is available here..

UPDATE: Problems with the Bloomberg claims on school shootings is available here.


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Using data from the National School Safety Center, Slate, and Michael Bloomberg shows a significant drop in firearms deaths over the last 20 years.…

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14 Feb , 2014

CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM for 2 hours (Audio)

CPRC was on George Noory’s radio show last night for the first two hours of the show (3.25 million weekly listeners). Among the topics: the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case striking down California’s concealed handgun law, the big push to scare Americans into not owning guns, the head of Interpol’s views on gun-free zones, 3D printers, and polls on gun-free zones.…

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