This article appeared on Monday, December 26, 2016:
Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect.
Among a sample of 2,699 fatal police killings between 2013 and 2015, the study found that the odds of a black suspect being killed by a black police officer were consistently greater than the odds of a black suspect getting killed by a white officer.
The Dominion Post (Morgantown, West Virginia), December 18, 2016
Morgantown City Council will once again take aim at determining whether firearms should be allowed in municipal buildings, and if so, who should be permitted to carry them.
The issue is among those listed on the posted agenda for council’s Dec. 20 regular meeting.
New York Post, November 30, 2016
The media is “incredulous” over Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, notes John Lott at the Daily Caller, yet illegal votes have “mattered in plenty of elections” — and fraud still occurs today. Lott cites Lyndon Johnson’s 1948 election to the Senate, John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential win and Al Franken’s 2010 Senate victory as examples where voter fraud likely tilted the results.
A copy of our new study is available here. The previous coverage that we got at Fox News is available here.
PoliceOne.com, Friday, November 18, 2016
A new study authored by the Crime Prevention Research Center digs deep into the data during a period that ‘bookends’ the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson
The death of Michael Brown in August 2014 caused millions of dollars in property damage locally, and precipitated the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement nationally.
Fox News interviewed Dr. John Lott about the impact that Donald Trump’s election will have on gun sales.
“A lot of people were buying guns simply because they were worried Hillary Clinton’s regulations would make it more costly and more difficult to buy guns, and people are not going to feel quite the need to go out and buy guns now,” Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott told FoxNews.com.
John Lott at the CPRC and Carl Moody at the College of William & Mary and the CPRC have a new study on police shootings (a copy of the study is available here). Fox News had a top of the page news story about our study:
The day after a Minnesota cop was charged in the July shooting death of a black man, an in-depth study purported to show race generally does not play a role in police shootings.
This appeared on C-SPAN on November 11, 2016, at 4:47 PM.
Chattanooga Time Free Press, October 31, 2016
Since 2007, concealed carry permits for women have increased by 270 percent nationwide, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. But the fashion aspect of carrying is not just for the sake of fashion, it’s also for convenience and an extra level of safety.
Dr. John Lott’s analysis caught a big error in CDC data on accidental gun deaths, that made the number of deaths look 21% larger than it actually was. From Fox News:
Federal data showing annual accidental gun deaths in Tennessee soared to 105 from just 19 propelled a fierce firearms control campaign, but it turned out the stats were about as accurate as a two-dollar pistol.
NBC News, October , 2016; WRCB TV (Chattanooga, TN), October 26, 2016; Inland News Today (Riverside, CA), October 26, 2016
If anyone has a bone to pick with the Johns Hopkins report, it is John Lott. He is an economist and author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies” whose work is often cited by the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups.