30 Jul , 2015

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CPRC in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Don’t leave our military personnel defenseless

John Lott’s newest piece in the Tribune-Review starts this way:

Anytime, anyplace, terrorists can strike. With just his signature, President Obama could eliminate the gun-free zone policies that leave our military personnel defenseless. Late last week, Republicans in the Pennsylvania Legislature called on Gov. Tom Wolf to exercise the same authority for the state National Guard.

28 Jul , 2015

CPRC on Coast to Coast AM to discuss the Mass Public Shooting that was stopped by a permit holder in Southern Ohio

John Lott talked to George Noory about the case from 1:08 to 1:11 AM on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

28 Jul , 2015


CPRC at Fox News: “Gun-free zones are killing us”

John Lott’s latest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Hours before the latest shooting at a movie theater in Louisiana, President Obama lamented what he regards as his greatest failure as president – his inability to pass gun control measures.

In an interview with the BBC, he complained that we are “the one advanced nation on Earth in which we do not have sufficient common sense gun safety laws.”

For a president who is moving to take away guns from millions of veterans and the elderlysimply because they rely on others to handle their finances, some say Obama has already gone too far. 


28 Jul , 2015

Laura Ingraham

CPRC at Laura Ingraham’s new site LifeZette: “Obama’s Not Done with Guns”

John Lott’s piece at Laura Ingraham’s new site LifeZette starts this way:

President Obama wants to take away people’s guns. Last week, he lamented to the BBC that his biggest frustration as president was not getting major gun control passed during his presidency.

How much does he dislike Americans having guns?

27 Jul , 2015


Permit holder saves family of 4 that man was shooting at

Thomas McCary (Hamilton County sheriff’s office)

Fox 19 in Cincinnati, Ohio originally reported this story from Winton Hills, Ohio.  Fox News has this:

[Thomas] McCary [62-years-old] was arguing with a woman around 8 p.m. Sunday night and, when the woman’s brother, Patrick Ewing, approached, McCary pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and fired three shots at him, Cincinnati police said.

26 Jul , 2015

Wash Post Mass Shooting Cover post

Washington Post’s misleading article on “mass shootings” — falsely claiming “204 mass shootings” when virtually none of these cases qualify for the normal definition of “mass,” UPDATED: Response from Washington Post

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Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post has another article on guns.   Unfortunately, Ingraham explicitly ignores the FBI’s definition on mass shootings.  The cases he ends up with involve very few murders and are heavily biased to include gang and other criminal activity.  Curbing gang violence is important, and it could be done pretty simply: stop enforcing the laws or legalize drugs.  …


24 Jul , 2015

Laura Ingraham

CPRC on the Laura Ingraham Show: The Danger of Gun-free Zones

John Lott talked to Laura Ingraham about the dangers of gun-free zones for the military and other places (Friday, July 24, 2015 from 10:07 to 10:16 AM).

24 Jul , 2015

SSRN Ranking of studies on Security and Safety

CPRC has two of the top four for most downloaded studies dealing with “PSN: Security & Safety” on the Social Science Research Network

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Just as the CPRC’s research on crime has been having an impact and widely downloaded.  Now our research is having an impact in another area (“Security and Safety”).  As people download our research and they move up in rank, the more that it gets other academics to read them and interested in those research topics (all the Security and Safety papers are available here).…

24 Jul , 2015

International Crime Comparisons: US relatively safe in terms of violent crime

One of the big problems with comparing crime rates across countries is that there are big differences in what constitutes a crime and even whether people report crimes to police. If people don’t think that the police in a country will be able to solve the crime, it reduces their incentive to report the crime to police.…

23 Jul , 2015

Gun-free zone Movie Theater Shooting

Lafayette, Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting was yet another gun-free zone, other movie theaters in area didn’t have that policy

The movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana occurred in yet another place that banned permitted concealed handguns.  The shooting occurred at the Grand Theater.  It’s “conduct policy” openly bans the carrying of guns, just like where the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting occurred.  While The Grand Theatre company owns three theaters in the area, none of the other local movie theaters that are owned by other companies initially appear to have a similar policy (Lafitte Cinema 4, Crowley Cinema IV, The Queen Cinema (confirmed with telephone calls)).…