30 Jun , 2016

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CPRC in the American Journal of Epidemiology: “What do we know about the Association between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-related Injuries”

CPRC President John Lott, CPRC Academic Board Member Carl Moody and CPRC Research Direction John Whitley had a letter in the June 16th issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology to point out errors in a recent paper in the journal by J. Santaella-Tenorio, A. Cerdá M, Villaveces, and Sandro Galea.…

28 Jun , 2016

Regulation Summer 2016

NEW CPRC research: Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?

Regulation (Summer 2016) has published some new research by John Lott and Gary Mauser on “Do economists and criminologists differ in their views of firearms’ effects on crime and suicide?”   A copy of the article is available here.

12 May , 2016

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18 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 21 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

CPRC has found that there are 18 State Capitols in the U.S. which officially allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees, or all of the above. Some require the individual have a handgun carry permit before being allowed to enter the Capitol with a firearm. Here is the breakdown of those Capitols.  …

29 Apr , 2016

Tunisia Victim of Shooting

UPDATE: CPRC Original Research: All the 20 worst mass public shootings, 42 of the worst 46, occurred outside the United States

Picture of victim being removed from ISIS attack in Tunisia that left 39 people dead

LAST UPDATED April 29, 2016 (original post June 28, 2015):

After the Charleston massacre, President Obama made this comment: “the unique mayhem that gun violence afflicts upon this nation.”  Of course, regarding mass public shootings, Obama doesn’t need to look any further than France, which last year suffered 532 casualties (killings and woundings) versus 396 in the US during the first seven full years of the Obama administration from 2009 through 2015.…

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10 Apr , 2016

Venezuela gun-free zone signs

Another gun ban, another bad outcome: Venezuela homicide rate rose after 2012 ban on private ownership of guns



Private gun ownership was banned in Venezuela in June 2012, but their homicide rate went from 73 per 100,000 people in 2012 to 82 per 100,000 people in 2015.  The BBC seriously repeats the Venezuelan government’s claim that the ban is an “attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime.”  The ban was preceded by an amnesty to get people to turn in their guns.  …

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24 Mar , 2016

Gun sales

NEW CPRC Report: Much less than 0.039% of guns sold by Federally Licensed Dealers stolen last year — a rate less than 1/30th the rate of theft for retail industry

A new report from the BATF points out that Federally Licensed Gun Dealers had 6,163 firearms stolen from them in 2015.  With the Obama administration finalizing a new rule to enhance dealer reporting of stolen or lost firearms, this BATF report allows us to investigate the size of the current stolen or lost firearm problem for dealers and to compare those rates to other retail outlets.  …

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12 Feb , 2016

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New CPRC Study: Comparing the views of Economists and Criminologists on gun control

Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University (SFU) – Beedie School of Business, and John Lott have a new survey of academic criminologists and economists who have done empirical research on guns that has some very interesting results.  A copy of the survey is available here.

Abstract

Economists and Criminologists have very different models of human behavior.

12 Jan , 2016

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US becoming safer compared to Europe in both fatalities and frequency of Mass Public Shootings: US Now ranks 11th in fatalities and 12th in frequency

“But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close. And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.” –President Obama, announcing his new executive orders on guns, January 7, 2016 (Emphasis added.)

This claim is simply not true.  …

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8 Jan , 2016

Obama press conference in Paris

UPDATED: France suffered more casualties (murders and injuries) from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (UPDATED 532 to 396)

“But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close. And as I’ve said before, somehow we’ve become numb to it and we start thinking that this is normal.” –President Obama, announcing his new executive orders on guns, January 7, 2016

“The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.  

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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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