29 Aug , 2014

Given the debate over the 9-year-old with a gun, some examples of children who used guns to save the lives of family members

With all the discussion about possibly setting age restrictions on gun use after the tragic death of a firearms instructor in Arizona (see analysis here), here are a few examples of young children saving lives with guns.

The fearless 11-year-old took action when she saw the cougar following her 13-year-old brother as he was walking towards their home .

29 Aug , 2014

CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Charles Vacca’s Death Is A Tragedy, But Gun Range Accidents Are Exceedingly Rare”

John Lott’s latest piece at the Daily Caller starts this way:

Even experts sometimes make mistakes.  That happened this past Sunday when a firing range instructor at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona was accidentally shot to death by a 9-year-old student.

The reaction has been swift. 


28 Aug , 2014

Ann Coulter’s discussion of affirmative action for police

Ann Coulter’s newest article has a detailed discussion of CPRC’s John Lott research on hiring in police departments. A copy of Lott’s research is available here. Ann Coulter’s piece contains this:

I’m against more black people being murdered, raped and assaulted.

In a massive, detailed 2000 study of the effect of court-ordered affirmative action plans on police departments, economist John Lott found that the more minorities on a police force, the higher the rates of murder, manslaughter, violent crime, robbery and aggravated assault will be.


26 Aug , 2014

In Silvester v. Harris Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii rules that there is no evidence that a “cooling off” benefit exists from waiting periods

California Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii might have been appointed by Bill Clinton, but his decision that was released on Monday, August 25th still found:

There is no evidence that a “cooling off period,” such as that provided by the 10-day waiting period, prevents impulsive acts of violence by individuals who already possess a firearm.(fn) A waiting period for a newly purchased firearm will not deter an individual from committing impulsive acts of violence with a separate firearm that is already in his or her possession.

26 Aug , 2014

CPRC in the media: Talking about guns on military bases and concealed handguns in Chicago

Interview on the Lars Larson national radio show on Monday, August 25th from 6:20 to 6:30 PM EDT — guns on military bases.

Interview with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM on Tuesday, August 26th from 1:07 to 1:10 AM — concealed handguns in Chicago.

25 Aug , 2014

Illinois robbery rate has fallen by 20 percent since concealed handgun permits started being issued

Given the small percentage of Illinoisans who have obtained a concealed handgun permit, it is very doubtful that permitted concealed could have a significant impact on crime rates, though it might put criminals on notice and there were a few startling cases of self defense with permits in Illinois.  In one case in Chicago, a former soldier with a legal permit to carry stopped a gang from killing four people who had just left a party.  

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22 Aug , 2014

CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Violent Crime, Not Police Abuse, Is The Real Threat To Black Americans”

John Lott’s newest piece at the Daily Caller starts this way:

Yesterday’s “Nationwide Day of Rage for Ferguson,” demonstrations that were planned to protest police violence against blacks for the 51 cities across the U.S., was a bust. Is it possible that most blacks believe that violent crime, not the threat of police, is the real danger that threatens black Americans, particularly young black males?

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20 Aug , 2014

Response to claim about risk of guns in the home

In response to claims in the Indianapolis Star by Stephen Dunlop, with Hoosiers Concerned about Gun Violence, about the benefits of gun regulations and the risk of guns in the home John Lott has this letter to the editor:

Stephen Dunlop, with Hoosiers Concerned about Gun Violence, makes a number of mistakes in his Aug.

14 Aug , 2014

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New PEW poll shows that 31% of consistently liberal people “unhappy” if family member marries gun owner, about 17% of liberals think only police should own guns

UPDATE PEW Survey data on protecting right to own guns/supporting more gun control.

The PEW Research Center survey results are available here.

13 Aug , 2014

CPRC in the News: Sheriff David Clarke, Stand Your Ground, Taylor Woolrich Stalking Case

Michigan Talk Network: Discussing Sheriff David Clarke and Stand Your Ground Laws — 8:30 to 8:40 AM EDT, Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

KFI, John and Ken Show: Discussing the Taylor Woolrich Stalking Case — 8:35 to 8:45 PM EDT, Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Coast to Coast AM: Discussing Missouri Riots, 1:07 to 1:09 AM EDT, Thursday, August 14, 2014.…