28 May , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: Memo to gun-control advocates: Even Elliot Rodger believed guns would have deterred him

The newest Fox News piece starts this way:

How can we prevent mass murderers? Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six innocent people this past Friday in California, is causing everyone to ask that question, yet again.

Rodger spent over a year and a half meticulously planning his attack.

His 141-page “manifesto” makes it clear that he feared someone with a gun could stop him before he was able to kill a lot of people.


28 May , 2014

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CPRC in the News over Santa Barbara Tragedy

Radio interviews on May 27th
Larry Elder Show, KABC, May 27, 7:14 to 7:21 PM
Lars Larson Show, May 27, 7:35 to 8:00 PM
The Real Side with Joe Messina, May 27, 6:08 to 6:30 PM
The Marc Bernier Show, May 27, 5:20 to 5:30 PM.
Dr. Gina Loundon Show, May 27, 4:20 to 4:30 PM.…

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27 May , 2014

University Chronicle: “Crime Prevention Research Center Announces Academic Advisory Board Members”

The announcement of our new board of academic advisors has been put up by the University Chronicle:

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between gun ownership, crime, and public safety, today announced the members of its Academic Advisory Board.

26 May , 2014

Do mentally ill, multiple victim killers purposefully pick targets where victims are most vulnerable?: The case of Elliot Rodger

With all the discussions about mental illness, one has to understand how much care and planning these killers engage in.  Here is something from Elliot Rodger’s manifesto that no one seems to understand the importance of:

“The first thing I had to consider was the exact date it will take place.


25 May , 2014

Moms Demand Action Misinformation on Female Homicides Across Countries

Typical misinformation put out by Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action: The claim that US accounts for “84% of female firearm homicides in 25 countries are in US”

Given the Santa Barbara killers’ hatred of women (though 4 of the 6 people killed were men), it is understandable that the topic of violence against women would be discussed. Not too surprisingly, despite the fact that half of those killed were killed by being stabbed, gun control organizations have been pushing for more gun control.…

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24 May , 2014

6 killed, seven wounded in Mass Public Shooting in Santa Barbara, a giant gun-free zone

UPDATE: As usual, the media news stories got fundamental facts wrong here. Of particular interest, half the people killed here were stabbed to death. Also, you won’t hear this in the news, the magazines that the killer used were also apparently limited to holding no more than 10 rounds (note that the Sheriff said that all the magazines were legal under California law).…

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20 May , 2014

CPRC on Washington DC’s WMAL: Chipotle asked its customers to stop bringing guns to its restaurants, but has anything actually changed?

John Lott is interviewed by Larry O’Connor about Chipotle’s decision to no longer “welcome” guns in its stores (WMAL from 5:37 to 5:45 PM on May 20th audio available here).


20 May , 2014

CPRC in the News: “A Reply to The Atlantic on the Death Penalty”

John Lott’s newest piece at National Review Online’s The Corner replying to a piece by Andrew Cohen at the Atlantic starts this way:

Death-penalty opponents are engaging in a lot of hyperbole.

As an example, in the Atlantic this past Thursday, Andrew Cohen went after what I have written on the death penalty at National Review Online and in my book Freedomnomics, pushing the claim that “no reliable study by credible researchers has ever found any deterrent effect” from the death penalty.


19 May , 2014

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What does the research on the death penalty actually show?

The 2012 National Research Council report on “Deterrence and the Death Penalty” has a table showing only 10 panel studies on the death penalty (those shown above in plain type). No explanation is provided for why these studies are excluded. I have placed one of my studies showing some weak support for the death penalty in the “no clear effect” column, but it presumably would have been difficult for them to include that and ignore my other research showing a clear and consistent benefit from these laws.…


16 May , 2014

So what caused crime rates to go up in 2012 in Chicago?: An extended discussion on the Dennis Miller Radio Show

The main event: Dennis was nice enough to have both the police officer and John Lott to discuss the issue of Chicago’s murder rates more fully on Friday, May 16th from 12:33 to 1:00 PM, audio here. The second half the interview was on the general issue of why more guns mean less crime.…

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