27 Jan , 2015

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Do “more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings”? Yes.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. starts off his national newspaper column this way:

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t.

Yet, Mr. Pitts is the one who is wrong.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 303 children under age 5 years old drown in just bathtubs (see page 8).  …

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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 Jan , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “The bias against guns: What the media isn’t telling you”

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

Just two days before New Year’s, a 2-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother at a Wal-Mart in rural Idaho. The victim was Veronica Rutledge, a 29-year-old concealed handgun permit holder. The child had reached into his mother’s purse.

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10 Dec , 2014

CPRC on the Lars Larson and Dennis Miller Shows to discuss Media Matters and Police Policy

Here is the audio of John Lott on the Lars Larson Show on Monday, December 8th, 2014 from 6:35 to 6:44 PM EST.

Here is the audio of John Lott on the Dennis Miller Show on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 2:05 to 2:30 PM EST.

John Lott also appeared on the Sandy Rios Show on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 from 8:47 to 9:00 AM EST.…

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9 Dec , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Media Matters, the facts and me”

John Lott’s newest piece starts this way:

With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.

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9 Dec , 2014

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CPRC at Breitbart: “Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott”

Kristin Tate has this article at Breitbart.com:

Media Matters has long advertised to the public a commitment to fighting misinformation on the internet, but lately the group seems to be creating misinformation of its own.

The nonprofit generally targets Republicans and is regularly cited by pundits and news outlets. More recently, the group engaged in what could best be called a smear campaign against John Lott, an economist, firearms researcher, and Founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

21 Sep , 2014

Responding to the Washington Post’s “More guns, less crime? Not exactly”

Emily Badger had a post on concealed carry laws in the July 29th Washington Post claiming that concealed handgun laws have not reduced violent crime rates. Among the claims in the piece where:

“That sort of gets lost on people,” Webster says, “because the way this issue is portrayed is that we have one group of people — legal gun owners — and the assumption is that these are law-abiding, god-fearing, church-going people.

3 Jul , 2014

Media inaccurately describes Target’s position on customers bringing guns into stores

Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.

Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“

Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.…

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29 Jun , 2014

Talk on Obama and Bloomberg’s false claims about guns

Here are other interesting talks at the session by Nicole Goeser and Andrew Branca


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13 Jun , 2014

Greg Gutfeld mentions John Lott’s work in discussing Bloomberg’s false 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook claim


Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Bloomberg’s cases involve shootings near a school and a large percentage are gang shootings after hours.  While gang fights over drug turf are an important problem, they are a very different issue with different solutions than the mass public shootings where the goal is to kill as many people as possible.  …

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