23 Mar , 2017

In the New York Daily News: NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the New York Daily News on why NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies.  It talks a little about NPR’s biases in covering the gun issue.  The piece starts this way:

Whatever original purpose public broadcasting had back in 1969, President Trump is right: The reason for its existence is long gone.

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4 Mar , 2017

On C-SPAN’s Washington Journal: Social Security Changes to Gun Background Check Rule

Dr. John Lott talked about the Trump administration’s decision to roll back an Obama administration rule on background checks for gun purchases.  The conversation explains how Obama’s rule banned gun ownership by Social Security recipients who received help on their finances and how the media and various politicians have inaccurately described those rules.…

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14 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyoming): Just plain wrong about guns. (Plus an interesting media bias story)

With the debate over gun-free zones heating up in the Wyoming legislature, Dr. John Lott has a piece in the Capitol city’s newspaper, the Tribune Eagle.  Lott was responding to a piece in the paper by Kerry Drake that had attacked Lott and the research from the CPRC.

Strangely, after the piece went up, Dr.…

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14 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the Associated Press: “packing guns on statehouse grounds”

Despite us emphasizing the Associated Press reporter with how incredibly rare any problems were with carrying guns at legislatures and noting that not one had been harmed in those cases, the reporter focused the very rare, minor problems that have occurred.  The AP headline for the piece is “Gun-friendly statehouses see occasional reckless conduct.” Relying largely on our data on where guns are permitted on statehouse grounds, the reporter lists one accidental discharge and two cases where people have temporarily misplaced their guns.  …

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13 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the Orange County Register: Should Facebook be depending on [California] PolitiFact to filter ‘reputable’ articles?

Dr. John Lott had an op-ed in the Orange County Register on California Politifact’s biases on the gun control issue.  The piece started this way:

. . . Take a couple of PolitiFact California’s two most recent evaluations concerning gun violence.

• “Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, more than seven children per day have died from gun violence” (California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, December 14th, 2016).

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13 Dec , 2016

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Why using media reports to classify accidental shootings is very misleading

While the CDC has made some big mistakes exaggerating the number of accidental gun deaths, it is a common refrain that the CDC is missing out on accidental gun deaths for those under age 18.  A new Associated Press report claims that the true number of accidental gun deaths for those under age 18 is 141, not 77.…

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3 Jun , 2016

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CPRC on The Blaze’s Dana Show: Discussing Expanded Background Check Claims and Katie Couric’s Gun Control Movie



Dr. John Lott talked to Dana Loesch about claims made in the Katie Couric movie on background checks and the EPIX channel’s announcement on Tuesday that they are no longer going to be showing her movie.

31 May , 2016

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EPIX channel is pulling Katie Couric’s Gun Control Movie with its Fraudulent Editing, UPDATE: EPIX denies that their removal of the film today had anything to do with Couric’s Apology

Katie Couric’s gun control movie has gotten a lot of criticism for fraudulently editing a discussion with the Virginia Citizens Defense League.  Just earlier today apologized today for the misleading edits.  The link to EPIX is available here.  The two might not be unrelated.  Will Apple now pull the movie from iTunes?…

31 May , 2016

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Evaluating the New York Times’ investigative report: “A Drumbeat of Multiple Shootings, but America Isn’t Listening”

On May 22nd, the New York Times published an investigative report on mass shootings. It claimed that about three-quarters of mass shootings involved blacks. 86 percent occurred in zip codes “poorer than the nation as a whole.” But their data came from less than reliable sources.

“The Times compiled its list of 358 shootings with four or more casualties from largely crowd-sourced lists managed by the social media network Reddit and Gun Violence Archive”

There is a reason that researchers generally rely on FBI and CDC data rather than media reports.…

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28 Apr , 2016

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CPRC on National Public Radio: Trying to discuss the problems with the Gun Violence Archive

National Public Radio did a report on Mark Bryant’s Gun Violence Archive, where he collects cases of gun deaths and crimes.  But there is a reason we should rely on FBI and CDC data before we rely on what Bryant has put together.  You simply can’t use media reports to determine what happened in cases.  …

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