Greg Gutfeld gives a shoutout on The Five to our research

25 Feb , 2015  

The text of Gutfeld’s monologue is available here. Greg’s discussion about our work is at 4:35 into the video.

At about 3:00 into the video, Juan William claims that “half of killings are done by families,” it is completely wrong. In the latest year the data is available, 2013, if you add up murders involving Husband, Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, or Sister, you get a total of 1,419. That same year there were 12,253 murders. So rather than 50%, we are talking about 11.5%. If you include “other relatives,” including up to cousins twice removed, you can get the percent up to 13.6%.

Juan’s claim has been something that gun control advocates have pushed to make people afraid of those that they know having guns. What people should really be worried about is relatives who have violent criminal records. 90% of adult murderers have an adult violent criminal record.

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UPDATE: Mike Miller at Independent Journal Review has this on Greg’s segment where they also mention the CPRC:

. . . Is Gutfeld right about the research? In October, 2014, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a report showing that 92% of mass public shootings from January 2009 to July 2014 took place in “gun-free zones.”

Gutfeld said that “gun-free” is music to ears of the bad guys, who intentionally target the unarmed. Consider the following:

James Holmes, the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooter who was charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder, not only planned his attack months in advance, there were seven theaters within 20 minutes drive-time from of his apartment. He chose the only theater posting signs banning concealed weapons. . . .

From Townhall:

On Tuesday’s The Five, a Fox news opinion chat show, the subject was guns, the occasion for discussion being safety in the wake of the much-talked-about Mall of America terrorist threat. Former RedEye host (his last show was early Saturday morning) and The Five creator Greg Gutfeld decried, to his four other arguing co-hosts, the very idea of “gun-free zones.” The problem with designating an area “free of guns” means only that peaceful people will abide by the designation. This leaves bad guys with a target. Gutfeld advanced the “more guns, less crime” argument that economist John Lott has more famously made. Gun-free zones are stupid; we’d all be better off if more of us carried guns around, especially if we carried them discreetly, concealed. . . .


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