5 Jan , 2016

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New CPRC Research: “Do Background Checks on Private Gun Transfers help Stop Mass Public Shootings?”

Today President Obama addressed the issue of mass public shootings and background checks.  From the Fox News article today discussing our new study:

The report, published by the Crime Prevention Research Center on Jan. 2, argues that not only are background checks expensive, but that they have failed to thwart mass public shootings.

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1 Jan , 2016

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Why the so-called Charleston gun purchase Loophole wasn’t a loophole (Hillary Clinton’s misstatements about Charleston and Virginia Tech)


On December 29th, Hillary Clinton pushed again for closing the so-called “Charleston loophole” (see Hillary Clinton at 24:45 into the video).

Very often we don’t have real time information.  Because we also have to close what is called the Charleston loophole, where the killer in Charleston went to buy a gun.  

26 Dec , 2015

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CPRC’s work on expanded background checks discussed in the Sunday Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Colin McNickle has this piece in the Sunday Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

In its latest installment in a crusade to rid America of firearms, The New York Times “reports” on a “study” that purports to show how, in the first six years after Missouri “repealed the requirement for comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, the gun homicide rate was 16 percent to 18 percent higher than it was the six years before.”

Oh, what an indictment, eh?

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18 Dec , 2015

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President Obama and Michael Bloomberg meet in White House to discuss the Executive Actions Obama is Planning

President Obama’s meeting with other gun control advocates indicates that executive action on gun control is likely imminent.  From The Hill newspaper:

. . . Obama huddled with Bloomberg “as part of the administration’s continuing push to address gun violence in America,” the White House said in a statement.
“The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America,” the White House added.

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11 Dec , 2015

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The silliness of background checks, a very simple way to defeat being on the “no-fly” list


Congressman Tom McClintock recounts his own experience being on the “no-fly” list.  How was McClintock able to get around the ban that he faced on flying?  He just had to fly under his middle name, which supposedly is “Miller.”  Suppose that the IRA activist “that the British government was mad at” whose name was similar to McClintock’s had also started using his middle name and that it was “Richard.” If the federal government started trying to make sure that the person of interested couldn’t go that route, then not only would people with the name “Tom McClintock” find themselves prevented from flying, but also people with the name “Richard McClintock” or “Rich McClintock.”

From McClintock’s speech on Thursday, December 10th, 2015:

“While serving in the California state Senate a decade ago, I discovered suddenly I couldn’t check into a flight. 

6 Dec , 2015

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CPRC talks to the Associated Press about the failure of gun control laws to stop mass public shootings

After each mass public shooting, President Obama and Hillary Clinton call for expanded background checks.  John Lott talked to the Associated Press in an article entitled “California’s tough gun laws didn’t make a difference in recent attack.”  The article appeared in hundreds of newspapers, radio and TV outlets across the United States (e.g., Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, St.…

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29 Aug , 2015

NewsMax TV's Daily Wrap Aug 28, 2015

CPRC on NewsMax TV’s The Daily Wrap to discuss the latest push for gun control after the shooting of journalists in Virginia

John Lott appeared on NewsMax TV’s The Daily Wrap to discuss the latest debate in gun control after the shooting of the journalists in Virginia (Friday, August 28, 2015, 6:05 to 6:09 PM).

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11 Jul , 2015

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CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Why Background Checks Couldn’t Stop Dylan Roof”

John Lott’s latest piece at the Daily Caller discusses the FBI’s announcement that mistakes were made in the background check for his gun purchase. His piece starts this way:

The FBI says that the federal background check system for guns should have stopped Dylann Roof, the racist who killed nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston.

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20 Jun , 2015

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Yet more evidence that these killers are deterred by people with guns: Charleston, South Carolina Church Shooter

We have previously pointed out how mass public shooting after mass public shooting keep occurring where guns are banned. Here is yet another case of these killers avoiding places where people with guns might be able to stop their killing spree. From the Associated Press:

Last week, while they were drinking in the back of Scriven’s house, Roof blurted out his plan about carrying out a mass shooting at the College of Charleston.

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1 Jun , 2015

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CPRC puts in Amicus brief in 9th Circuit case fighting to end California’s 10-day waiting period for those who already own guns


In response to claims made before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the CPRC has pointed to that there is no evidence showing that background checks or waiting periods reduce any type of violent crime or total suicides. The case before the court is more specific than that because the claim is that there is a benefit to a 10-day waiting period for those who already lawfully possess a firearm as confirmed in the Automated Firearms System, possess a valid Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license, or who possess a valid Certificate of Eligibility (COE).…

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