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Surge in applications for concealed handgun permits since Paris Terrorist Attack

22 Nov , 2015  

Currently there are about 13 million concealed handgun permits in the US, about 5.2% of the adult population.  With people thinking of the terrorist attacks in Paris, there has been a significant increase in applications for concealed handgun permits.  But even a doubling of permits will leave the US well below the percent of the adult population in Israel with permits, but it would still increase the odds that someone would be available to stop a killer intent on killing many people.…

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CPRC at the Daily Caller: “Hillary Clinton Locks Up The Gun-Grabber Vote”

20 Nov , 2015  

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

On Thursday night, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence honored Hillary Clinton with the first ever Cuomo Visionary Award, named after the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo. The Brady Center gave her the award because“she has demonstrated a clear commitment in support of our efforts to ‘finish the job’” for the gun control and, “there is nobody who has done more to lead us there than Hillary Clinton.”

Clinton has surely fought for this recognition, making gun control a central issue of her 2016 presidential campaign.

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CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM discussing the terrorist attacks in Paris and what can be done to stop future ones

20 Nov , 2015  

John Lott talked to George Noory about the increase in gun sales and the terrorist attacks in Paris and what can be done to stop future ones (Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 1:09 to 1:12 AM).

George Noory’s show is heard by over 2.75 million people.

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CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily: “As Paris Attacks Show, Europe In Denial About Gun Rights”

19 Nov , 2015  

John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily is available here.

French citizens were sitting ducks last Friday. For at least 10 uninterrupted minutes, terrorists mowed down attendants at Paris’ Bataclan Concert Hall. In five other coordinated attacks, terrorists were given far too much time to go about their business.

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Debates on concealed carry on campus at University of Texas at Austin and St. Mary’s University were standing room only: Video of UT Debate available

19 Nov , 2015  

Sources mentioned in debate: References to other research available here.  Accidental shootings on college campuses by concealed handgun permit holders is here.  Revocation rates for college age students compared to other permit holders is here.  Correcting Bloomberg’s claims on gun-free zones is available here.

On Tuesday this past week, John Lott had two debates at Texas universities — the University of Texas at Austin from noon to 1 PM (the first two picture) and St.…

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Utility worker in St. Louis County uses his permitted concealed handgun to stop armed robber

19 Nov , 2015  

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about an incident in North St. Louis County:

Police say three contractors for ADB Utility Co. were working on water lines near that intersection when an armed robber approached two of the workers who were standing near a company truck.

The robber took wallets from the two men, 49 and 58 years old, at gunpoint before turning his attention to a third man, 22, nearby, police said.

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CPRC on KABC’s McIntyre In The Morning to discuss the ISIS terrorist attack in Paris

18 Nov , 2015  

John Lott spoke to Doug McIntyre and Terri-Rae Elmer about whether France’s response of putting more soldiers on Paris streets (Monday, November 16, 2015 from 9:36 to 9:43 AM).

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CPRC’s John Lott discusses Gary Kleck’s criticisms of the evidence regarding “More Guns, Less Crime”

18 Nov , 2015  

In August, Kleck told Mother Jones that he doesn’t know of any “credible criminologist” who believes that “with more guns there are less crimes.”  More recently Kleck was interviewed by Ari Armstrong about these points and Kleck’s claims that there hasn’t been any increase in the rate that people are carrying permitted concealed handguns and that neither more guns nor more concealed handguns reduce homicides or any other type of violent crime.  …

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CPRC in Michigan Live (mLIVE): Keeping guns out gets us nowhere in staying safer

17 Nov , 2015  

This op-ed by Dr. John Lott appeared in mLIVE (Michigan Live) on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. The piece started this way:

Suppose a criminal comes upon your home and sees a sign announcing, “Gun Free Zone.” How would he respond? Unless he thinks that the homeowner is playing a joke on him, the sign would put his mind at ease and make him more likely to break in.

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CPRC in the Lansing State Journal (Michigan): “Gun Free Zone puts criminal minds at ease”

15 Nov , 2015  

This op-ed by John Lott appeared in the Lansing State Journal on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  The piece started this way:

Suppose a criminal comes upon your home and sees a sign announcing, “Gun Free Zone.” How would he respond? Unless he thinks that the homeowner is playing a joke on him, the sign would put his mind at ease and make him more likely to break in.