CPRC in the News: Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, RealClearPolitics, Washington Times, TPM, Breitbart.com, and other media across the country

Oct 28, 2015 | Featured

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Dallas Morning News, Friday, October 23, 2015

The problem the Legislature was trying to fix was best identified by John Lott, economist and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Centerwhen he pointed out that, “There are only two mass public shootings since at least 1950 that have not been part of some other crime where at least four people have been killed in an area where civilians are generally allowed to have guns.” . . .

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Washington Post, October 21, 2015

While some fear average citizens carrying weapons in public, “Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding,” according to a study this year by the Crime Prevention Research Center. It found that they commit only about one-sixth the rate of firearms violations as police. . . .

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Washington Post, October 26, 2015 (This discussion at the Washington Post is misleading because we had collected cases where mass public shootings had been stopped by permit holders.)

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center notes a number of other instances of armed citizens stopping would-be criminals. But some of these instances involve off-duty law enforcement officers, who are specially trained for them. Others involve armed citizens stopping knife attacks, and other altercations including armed robberies that you wouldn’t normally consider a mass shooting. . . .

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Orange County Register, October 29, 2015

During this time, murder and other violent crimes committed with a firearm have dropped by at least 50 percent. This correlation alone does not prove causation, but in-depth studies of the data have shown a connection. A Crime Prevention Research Center report from earlier this year, for example, found that “even after accounting for the per capita number of police and people admitted to prison and demographics, the adult population with [concealed carry] permits is significantly associated with a drop in murder and violent crime rates.” . . .

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and RealClearPolitics, October 25, 2015

All but two mass shootings since 1950 have taken place where ordinary citizens are forbidden to carry guns or are unlikely to have them, according to John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

“The suspect in the Charleston, S.C., shootings in June originally aimed to attack the College of Charleston,” Mr. Lott noted. “He chose a church instead because the college had armed guards.”

In his 141-page “manifesto,” Elliot Rodger, 22 — who murdered six and wounded 14 near the University of California-Santa Barbara last year — said he ruled out various targets where there might be armed security.

Some of the students who survived the Umpqua massacre want to get guns to protect themselves. In a Rasmussen poll in June, 68 percent of Americans said they prefer to live in a neighborhood where they and their neighbors are allowed to own guns. In a Gallup poll last November, 63 percent of respondents said they think having guns in their homes makes them safer.

Every mass shooting has ended when the killer was shot by a good guy with a gun, or committed suicide when good guys with guns arrived. These are usually police officers, but, as Mr. Lott has reported, “Case after case occurs where concealed handgun permit holders stop what would have been mass shootings.”

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Washington Times, October 26, 2015

Looking at every mass shooting on record, since 2009, one thing is clear: Gun-free zones don’t protect, they endanger. The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a report in 2014 showing that 92 percent of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones. Have we become so politically correct that we are willing to ignore the facts to the detriment of our children’s safety? . . .

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Talking Points Memo, October 26, 2015

John Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Centerwrote at The Daily Caller that Clinton was “wrong”about Australia’s buyback program, which he argued actually made that country less safe. . . .

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Indiana Statesman, October 26, 2015

A report by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) concluded 92 percent of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 occurred in gun-free zones. Our public schools have commonly hired off-duty police officers and our colleges have police departments, so why do they happen to be attacked the most? Some public schools have little to no armed security. . . .

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The Press Enterprise (Riverside, California), Friday, October 23, 2015

The 2012 theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., ended when killer James Eagan Holmes’ high-capacity magazine jammed, something more likely with the larger springs in such magazines.

Meanwhile, the evidence continues to pile up that enacting “gun-free zones,” as the California Legislature did this year for colleges and universities, is the wrong solution. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, since at least 1950, all but two mass shootings occurred in “gun-free zones.” And recent mass gun killings have been 1.96 times higher in Germany and 2.46 times higher in the United Kingdom, both countries with strict gun control, than in the United States. . . .

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Breitbart, October 27, 2015

Someone may argue that there weren’t as many concealed carry permit holders in 2007 as there are now, thus the percentage of concealed carry holders represented by the number “29” may actually be higher. In light of that possible argument, we looked at Crime Prevention Research Center numbers, which show that the number of concealed carry permit holders in 2007 was 4.6 million. So if someone would rather work off the figure of 4.6 million instead of 12.8 million, it means that the percentage of concealed permit holders who allegedly carried out mass shootings is .0006304 percent.

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Breitbart, October 24, 2015

Complimenting this 20-year doubling of the number of guns owned by Americans is the fact that concealed carry permit holders nearly tripled between 2007 and now. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, the “4.6 million” concealed permit holders of 2007 grew to over “12.8 million” permit holders in 2015. That means the last five years of the surge in gun ownership also coincided with a surge in carrying guns in public for self-defense. . . .

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Breitbart, October 21, 2015

In 2013, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) reported that GSS’s principal investigator Tom Smith once told John Lott that the decline in gun ownership “implied” by GSS numbers “[made] it easier for politicians to do the right thing on guns.” . . .

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Breitbart, October 21, 2015

In July the Crime Prevention Research Center reported a rise from “4.6 million” concealed permit holders in 2007 to over “12.8 million” now. . . .

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News-Leader (Springfield, Missouri), October 20, 2015

another important factor related to nearly all of the highly publicized shooting tragedies, they have occurred in so-called “gun free zones”. When the shooter in Aurora, Colorado went to the Batman movie to engage in his heinous crime, he went past several other theaters showing the same movie to the one venue posted as gun free. From the research of Professor John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center: “Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting has occurred in a gun-free zone. And Europe is no stranger to mass shootings. It has been host to three of the six worst K-12 school shootings and by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual.” . . .

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Casa Grande Dispatch (Casa Grande, AZ), October 22, 2015

While some fear average citizens carrying weapons in public, “Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding,” according to a study this year by the Crime Prevention Research Center. It found that they commit only about one-sixth the rate of firearms violations as police. . . .

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The Daily Toreador (Texas Tech University), October 29, 2015

In the past, other individuals such as John Lott, who has a Ph.D. from UCLA and has worked at Yale, have debunked VPC studies using the same methods of examining the source documents and methodology. VPC seems to have a consistent track record of misrepresenting the facts and assuming no one will hold them accountable. Considering that The New York Times editorial board directly cited the numbers from one of their studies in their opinion piece, any such existing assumption seems to be reinforced. . . .

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