16 Dec , 2018

Two mass public shootings this week in Brazil and France

São Paulo, Brazil, December 11, 2018

A gunman opened fire in a Catholic cathedral near Brazil’s most populous city, São Paulo, killing five people and wounding several others.

The attack happened towards the end of a midday service in the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas city, police say.

The gunman, carrying a revolver and a pistol, rose from his seat and started shooting randomly, Brazil’s O Globo News reports.

16 Dec , 2018

Larry Elder’s National Radio Show plays the audio from our new video on mass public shootings

Larry Elder played the audio from our new video on his national radio show.

(Friday, December 14, 2014, from 6:50 to 6:56 PM)

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14 Dec , 2018

Stossel TV on “The Myth of U.S. Mass Shooters”

From Stossel TV:

Dozens of news outlets reported that America has the most mass shooters in the world. Many say that shows America needs more gun control.
CNN claimed that “the U.S. has the most mass shootings”. The WSJ reported that “U.S. leads the world in mass shootings.” Nearly every major media outlet, and Former President Obama, said the same.

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13 Dec , 2018

The Associated Press cites our research on states that allow teachers to carry guns

Finally, Florida has moved to let teachers carry guns at schools. In an overwhelming vote, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission has recognized what the Crime Prevention Research Center has been arguing for years. This AP story was carried in hundreds of news outlets:

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it’s not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus.

12 Dec , 2018

On Dana Loesch’s Relentless: Understanding claims about defensive gun use

Dana Loesch’s Relentless interviewed Dr. John Lott about the impact of concealed handguns on crime (see also here). They also discussed the problems with using justifiable homicides to measure defensive gun uses (see also here).

(Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 6:02 to 6:14 PM)…

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11 Dec , 2018

On Boston’s WROL on the Dangers of Gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott talked to Joe Ligotti on Boston’s WROL to talk about the dangers of gun-free zones.

(Monday, December 10, 2018, from 5:35 to 5:46 PM)

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10 Dec , 2018

Notes on the Harvard Injury Control Research Center page on Homicide

People often link to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center page on Homicide as evidence to prove that gun ownership is a negative. If guns are on a net negative on safety, how come every single place that has banned guns (all guns or all handguns) has seen an increase in murder/homicides?…

7 Dec , 2018

On the Michael Dukes show: A deep dive into some of the numbers on guns and crime

From The Michael Dukes Show write up on our interview:

Today we cover a slew of stories about misinformation surrounding guns. The fact that some politicians just choose to ignore the law when it comes to the 2nd Amendment and how the ownership of guns correlates to the diminishment of crimes.

5 Dec , 2018

On the Michigan Talk Network about the move to eliminate gun-free zones on college campuses

Dr. John Lott talked to Steve Gruber on the Michigan Talk Network about the twelve states that mandate people can carry guns on college campuses, 23 states leave it up to individual schools.

(Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6:45- 6:53 AM)

3 Dec , 2018

Our work on the number of concealed handgun permits mentioned in the Wall Street Journal

While the piece in today’s Wall Street Journal focuses on the 15 known lawsuits that have been brought against a company that makes very inexpensive derringers, our numbers on the huge number of concealed handgun permit holders provide some context about how rare these types of incidents are:

The number of Americans with concealed-carry permits soared to 17.2 million this year, almost four times the number in 2007, according to Crime Prevention Research Center, and 12 states now allow it without a permit.