19 Dec , 2015

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More Americans view letting more people carrying concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism than stricter gun control

There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent).  A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy).…

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26 Nov , 2015

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CPRC in the Daily Caller: Misinformation about Terror Watch List and the ability to buy guns

John Lott had this latest piece in the Daily Caller (originally titled: “Does George Stephanopoulos Even Know What Gun Laws We Have Now?”):

Do gun control advocates even read what gun laws are on the books?  The hot new claim is that there’s nothing to stop identified terrorists from buying guns in this country.

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5 Nov , 2015

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Victim in UC Merced Mass Stabbing now supports Concealed Carry

From Breitbart.com (November 5, 2015):

Byron Price, the construction worker who intervened to save a student under attack at University of California Merced on November 4, says he now views concealed carry “differently” and wants to get a permit to carry a gun.

Breitbart News previously reported that Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke identified Wednesday’s mass stabber as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, a freshman from Santa Clara.

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4 Apr , 2015

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Kenya gun laws leave victims defenseless

Remember what happened after the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in late 2013? From a piece that the CPRC had in the Chicago Tribune:

Right after the Kenya attack, Ronald Noble, the secretary-general of Interpol, which is a world version of the FBI and headquartered in Lyon, France, noted two means of protecting people from mass shootings.

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22 Feb , 2015

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With terrorist threats, the Mall of America is another gun-free zone

The news is filled with a new Somali terror group threat against the Mall of America.  With a large number of Somalis living in the twin city area, this threat carries real significance.  Indeed, all three targets listed by the terrorists are gun-free zones.  Does anyone really believe that the terrorists will see the above sign and thus decide not to take their guns inside.…

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18 Feb , 2015

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A picture illustrating why armed guards in front of Jewish facilities won’t work

The picture from the New York Daily News shows armed guards outside a Jewish building in Denmark.  These guards present a clear target.  Terrorists would target them first.  It is very difficult for guards to be on alert at all times as these guards illustrate.  The logic of the problems is discussed here.…

2 Feb , 2015

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Afghan police arming schoolteachers and university lecturers to protect against terrorist attacks

Since the Taliban massacred 150 people at a Peshawar school in December, the Afghan police are teaching teachers how to use guns to protect their students and themselves.  The CPRC has recently discussed the benefits of letting civilians rather than uniformed police or soldiers to defend targets.  From the New York Times:

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27 Jan , 2015

CPRC at Fox News: “Terrorists can strike any time, anywhere: Self defense saves lives”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Terrorists can strike anywhere and at any time, giving them a huge strategic advantage.Unfortunately, too many politicians around the world are refusing to admit this.

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris earlier this month, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country. 

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13 Jan , 2015

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The long list of illegal weapons used by the terrorists in the Paris attack

In reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, we have gotten these types of comments:

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there.  Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’” — Actor Liam Neeson, January 12th, 2014

“One thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh it is actually a very good thing that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” — Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, January 9th, 2014

The irony here is that the Paris attack occurred in a country with some of the strongest gun control restrictions in the world.  …

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20 Nov , 2014

CPRC in Investor’s Business Daily: “America Should Make It Easier To Carry Guns”

John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily discusses what Americans can learn from Israel about stopping terrorism.  The piece starts this way:

Terrorism is forcing Israel to let civilians carry guns in even the most sensitive religious areas in the wake of Palestinian attacks in places from a sidewalk to the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue.

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