9 Feb , 2017

CPRC in the News Sentinel (Knoxville,TN): Gun-free zones easy targets for would-be killers

In a piece last Friday in the News Sentinel (Knoxville, TN), Mark Harmon, a professor of journalism at the University of Tennessee and a member of the Tennessee Democratic Party Executive Committee, had an article attacking Dr. John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Lott used the first part of his column as an opportunity to explain the dangers of gun-free zones, something that Harmon addresses only tangentially since his attack is really an attack on Lott and the CPRC.…

6 Feb , 2017

CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily: Ending Obama’s Ban On Some Retirees From Owning Guns

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at Investor’s Business Daily on the congressional votes to end Obama’s ban on some retirees owning guns.  The piece starts this way:

Do you know anyone who has decided to let someone else manage their finances? Just before Christmas, Obama finalized new rules banning Social Security recipients from buying a gun if they have trouble managing their finances.

4 Feb , 2017

CPRC at National Review: “Why Chicago’s Crime Problem Is Growing”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at National Review that responds to a recent op-ed that Heather Mac Donald had in the Wall Street Journal where she blamed Chicago’s crime problems on President Obama’s policies.

Last week, President Donald Trump again expressed concern that the violence in Chicago was “totally out of control.” “We’re going to have to do something about Chicago,” the president said.

31 Jan , 2017

CPRC at Fox News: “Here is a simple rule of thumb” for evaluating how Democrats react to Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News where he explains how to evaluate the Democrat’s reaction to Trump’s Supreme Court pick.

Here is a simple rule of thumb: you can judge the caliber of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee by how angry the Democrats get.  The smarter and more influential the nominee, in an important sense the more qualified they are, the angrier Democrats will get.


27 Jan , 2017

CPRC at the Wall Street Journal: Brussels Is Wrong on Guns: Instead of passing bans terrorists will ignore, arm off-duty police; In what European countries can’t police carry off-duty?

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Wall Street Journal.  These are just a few of the nutty things in the new EU rules on gun ownership that were approved Wednesday by a Parliamentary committee.  The full Parliament still has to vote on the bill.  Below are the rules for nine European countries on whether they will allow police to carry off-duty.  …


24 Jan , 2017

CPRC at Fox News: If you want to see academics making fools of themselves, look at Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at Fox News on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday regarding Senator Jeff Sessions.  Unfortunately, Senator Dianne Feinstein delayed the vote on Sessions citing concerns about his views on women.  The piece below addresses the objections to Sessions views on women as well as other Democrat attacks.…

24 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the Santa Fe New Mexican: Background check bill — right for New Mexico?

With the debate heating up in New Mexico over Michael Bloomberg’s push for Universal Background checks, Dr. John Lott has an op-ed in the newspaper for the state’s capitol.

Let’s say a stalker threatens a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record.

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24 Jan , 2017

CPRC at the Daily Caller: BuzzFeed’s Founder Spreads False Information. I Was One Of His Victims

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at the Daily Caller that discussed Jonah Peretti’s past of impersonating

At the moment, media outlets want nothing to do with BuzzFeed, the “news” website that published unverified, “fake” allegations against Donald Trump.  The allegations are so flimsy that even Trump’s political opponents never used them.


20 Jan , 2017

CPRC at the National Review: The New York Times’ Bogus Crime Data about Concealed-Handgun Permit Holders

Dr. John Lott has another piece at National Review about the New York Times continuing to disseminate clear false claims by the New York Times (though this could just as well be written about other publications such as The Hill):

For the fourth time in less than two years, the New York Times has run an editorial repeating blatantly false numbers to convince readers that concealed-handgun permit holders are dangerous (January 12, 2017; December 1, 2016; November 26, 2015; February 11, 2015).


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).