6 Feb , 2017

With Stand Your Ground Laws being Debated Again in Florida, a primer on the topic


Florida is considering a bill that would strength its Stand Your Ground law.

One mother in Florida whose son was killed in a shooting is using that horrible incident to argue that Stand Your Ground laws should be reformed, though her son’s death was neither caused by the law or justified by it.…

28 Nov , 2016

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Misleading Journal of the American Medical Association research about Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

A new article in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Humphreys, Gasparrini, and Wiebe claims that in studying homicide and suicide rates in Florida from 1999 to 2014 they conclude:

Prior to the stand your ground law, the mean monthly homicide rate in Florida was 0.49 deaths per 100 000 (mean monthly count, 81.93), and the rate of homicide by firearm was 0.29 deaths per 100 000 (mean monthly count, 49.06).

15 Oct , 2014

CPRC goes to Orlando, Florida to testify before the US Commission on Civil Rights on Stand Your Ground Laws

On Friday, the US Commission on Civil Rights will hold hearings on Stand Your Ground laws. CPRC’s president will testify before the commission between 1:30 to 3:30 PM EDT. (Some media coverage from the hearing is shown below.) In the run up to the hearings, Lott published the following op-ed piece in the Orlando Sentinel under the headline (“Right to stand your ground transcends race and politics”):

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15 Jan , 2014

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Evaluating Mother Jones’ “10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down”

The fact that federal court judges are citing Mother Jones’ claims about guns as evidence, particularly for what is cited, is pretty disappointing. We were recently asked to evaluate Mother Jones’“10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down.” Virtually all these responses were widely available in the literature, but unfortunately Mother Jones neither acknowledges nor addresses this literature.…

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10 Nov , 2013

Rep. Matt Gaetz, The Chair Of Florida “Stand Your Ground” Hearings, cites statistics from CPRC during debate


The Crime Prevention Research Center’s recent testimony to the US Senate has had implications for the Stand Your Ground debate in Florida. Rep. Matt Gaetz began quoting from John Lott’s testimony at about 3:31 into this video and continues until 4:31. Gaetz’s entire testimony is worth listening to and quite powerful.…

4 Nov , 2013

Some notes on John Roman’s “Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data,” Urban Institute

A copy of Roman’s report is available here.  Apparently, the report was referenced extensively in last week’s Senate testimony on Stand Your Ground laws.

1) If you were to do this study right, you would look at the change in justifiable homicides in each state before and after the Stand Your Ground law went into effect.  

29 Oct , 2013

Crime Prevention Research Center in the News regarding Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws

From the Jackson County Floridian: Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R.…

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29 Oct , 2013

Chicago Tribune opinion piece for Tuesday’s Senate hearing: “In defense of stand your ground laws”

John Lott’s piece at the Chicago Tribune coincides with the Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws tomorrow.  The article starts this way:

As Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Judiciary subcommittee hears testimony on “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, charges of racial discrimination will be the central focus. Two black women, one of them Trayvon Martin’s mom, are expected to testify about losing their sons to gunshots by white or Hispanic men.

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24 Jul , 2013

C-SPAN Washington Journal: Stand Your Ground Laws

John Lott and Jon Lowy discussed “stand your ground” laws in states throughout the nation, the Castle Doctrine, and what the impact of such laws has been. They also reacted to a video clip of President Obama’s statement the previous day about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.…

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