25 Apr , 2015

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CPRC on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on people’s changing views on guns, Bloomberg’s research director explains why he won’t debate



From C-SPAN: “John Lott talked about the new study put out by Pew Research Center which finds that support for gun rights have increased and, for the first time, protecting gun rights is more important than controlling ownership.”

Lott was originally supposed to be on for an hour on C-SPAN to discuss these issues with Ted Alcorn, the research director for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown.  …

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23 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Dana Loesch Radio Show to discuss new background check proposals and defensive gun uses

John Lott appeared on Dana’s national radio show twice yesterday (Thursday, January 22nd, 2014 at 2:23 to 2:30 PM and 3:05 to 3:16 PM).

The first segment discusses recent statements by media figures as well as a claim in Politico  that defensive gun uses are a myth.

The second segment discusses the push for “expanded” background checks.…

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9 Dec , 2014

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CPRC in the Associated Press on background checks

From Matt Stroud at the Associated Press:

. . . John R. Lott, Jr., author of More Guns Less Crime, doesn’t think Hunt’s gun purchase indicates that gun regulations should change.

He said studies consistently show that background checks don’t reduce violent crime, but they can produce “false positive” results that block law-abiding citizens from purchasing a gun.

26 Nov , 2014

CPRC in the news on claims that the background check system would be fixed if only more names of prohibited people were included

AWR Hawkins with Breitbart News has this:

Breitbart News spoke with Crime Prevention Research Center president John Lott about the suggestion that a lack of information is allowing the wrong people to slip through our current background check system. Lott suggested the problem is completely different—that the real problem is in how our current background check system can inadvertently prevent law-abiding citizens from getting the guns they need when they need them.

5 Nov , 2014

Initiative 594 Background Checks Vote

So much for the claim that “Nine out of 10 Americans support [expanded] background checks”


It is frequently claimed that 90 percent of Americans support the expanded background check bills that are being considered before different legislatures, though other surveys indicate that support for the actual bills is below 50 percent.

Well, gun control advocates were able to write up their own initiative (594) and put it on the ballot in Washington State.…

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3 Nov , 2014

CPRC joined David Boze on Seattle’s KTTH to discuss the so-called “Background check” Initiative 594

With the election tomorrow on Washington State’s Initiative 594, CPRC’s John Lott joined David Boze on Seattle’s KTTH (audio available here, Monday, November 3rd, 2014 from 10:05 to 10:30 AM EST). The initiative is going to give a lot of people real surprises.

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1 Nov , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Hidden consequences of Washington State’s gun background check Initiative 594”

CPRC’s John Lott has another piece at Fox News that starts this way:

Let’s say a stalker is threatening a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun?

If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison.

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29 Oct , 2014

CPRC on the Lars Larson Radio Show: “Is the attack in Canada proof that restrictive gun laws don’t work?”

John Lott joined Lars Larson’s national radio show to discuss the attack on the Canadian Parliament building (October 23, 2014 from 6:37 to 6:45 PM EDT available here).

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17 Jun , 2014

CPRC on the Jim Bohannon Show to discuss the Supreme Court decision over “straw purchasers”

On Monday, the Supreme Court released its decision in the case of Abramski v. United States. The case involved a police officer, Bruce Abramski, who bought a gun, a Glock 19 handgun, for his uncle. The officer, who is a federally licensed dealer and could get a discount on guns, bought the gun in Virginia and they transferred the gun to his uncle through a second licensed dealer in Pennsylvania, where his uncle lives.…

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26 May , 2014

Why we shouldn’t depend on mental health professionals to detect mass killers: Elliot Rodger’s slipping “under the radar” is hardly rare

Frequently in the solution to these mass shootings is to simply spend more money on mental health.

MAJOR GARRETT: . . . Do you believe the legislation the Senate did not pass would have made any difference in this case [the Elliot Rodger’s shooting]?

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: The legislation that failed to pass–it got support from fifty-five senators–would have provided a mental health initiative with more resources, greater ability for the Santa Barbara police to intervene–to use the sheriff’s word–to have professionals trained in diagnosing and detecting this kind of derangement.

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