21 Oct , 2014

CPRC at Breitbart on FBI’s problematic study on Mass Public Shootings

The story by Kristin Tate at Breitbart starts off this way:

A fresh report by the FBI would lead one to believe that mass shootings in the U.S. have dramatically increased during recent years. But according to economist John Lott — Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center — the agency’s recent study is riddled with errors and may be nothing more than a bogus attempt to peddle a political agenda.

21 Oct , 2014

CPRC’s Report to the Parliament of Australia on “The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community”

On October 30th the Australian Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs will hold its final hearing on “The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community.”  The CPRC was asked to testify via teleconference on Thursday,  October 30th, 2014 at 5:30 PM EDT.  A copy of our testimony is available here. 


20 Oct , 2014

CPRC on the radio to discuss the FBI’s misleading claims on mass public shootings

John Lott was on Sand Rios’ national radio show on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 8:20 to 8:37 AM EDT (audio available here).

Tom Gresham’s national radio show on Sunday October 19, 2014 from 2:07 to 2:19 PM EDT (audio available here).

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 Oct , 2014

CPRC on the Dennis Miller Show to discuss the FBI report on Mass Public Shootings

John Lott was on the Dennis Miller Show to discuss what has been happening to public shootings on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 1:15 to 1:30 PM EDT (audio available here).

15 Oct , 2014

CPRC discussing the FBI report on mass public shootings on Lars Larson

John Lott discussed the CRPC’s new analysis of the FBI claim that mass shootings are increasing on Lars Larson’s show on October 14, 2014 from 6:35 to 6:43 PM EDT (audio available here).

Lott was also on Greg Garrison’s show on October 15, 2014 from 10:30 to 11 AM EDT (audio available here).…

12 Oct , 2014

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CPRC in the New York Post: “The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings”

John Lott’s newest piece in the New York Post discusses our recent study and starts this way:

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.


12 Oct , 2014

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Grossly misleading claims about black teens being “vastly more likely to be killed by police than whites even after adjusting for crime rates”

Sometimes racial discrimination is occurring and should be pointed out, but sometimes false information is being used to unjustifiably inflame concerns. The claims being put forward by Slate and Pro Publica are simply very misleading. From Slate:

“The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.” .


11 Oct , 2014

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CPRC on CNN: Notes on California’s new gun violence restraining orders (UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune picks up on CPRC’s discussion)

The CNN debate shown in the above youtube video was broadcast on the Michael Smerconish Show at 9:30 to 9:35 AM and 6:30 to 6:35 PM EDT, Saturday, October 11, 2014.

California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist.…

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11 Oct , 2014

Should firearms owners be required to obtain gun liability insurance?

While there is insurance for people who carry permitted concealed handguns, specifically to pay of legal costs and potential liability (e.g., see here), a number of states have been considering legislation mandating that people who own guns be mandated to have liability insurance in case their guns cause any harm (in 2013, gun liability insurance bills were filed in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.).…