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More Americans view letting more people carrying concealed handguns as a better solution to terrorism than stricter gun control

19 Dec , 2015  

There has been a sharp rise in concern over terrorism, with few Americans believing that the government can stop lone-wolf attacks (22-77 percent) and not many more can stop a large scale attack (43-56 percent).  A new Gallup poll shows that terrorism has become the number one issue on voters’ minds (16% rank terrorism as the number one issue, 13% say government, and 9% say the economy).…

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Most Americans Oppose Re-instituting a National Assault Weapon Ban

19 Dec , 2015  

New surveys by ABC News/Washington Post and CBS News/New York Times show that the drop in support for a nationwide ban in so-called “assault weapons” mirrors the general decline in support for gun control that has been observed in the last couple of decades (here and here).  The  average of the two surveys weighted by the number of people surveyed shows that 6.9% more people oppose a national ban than support it.  …

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President Obama and Michael Bloomberg meet in White House to discuss the Executive Actions Obama is Planning

18 Dec , 2015  

President Obama’s meeting with other gun control advocates indicates that executive action on gun control is likely imminent.  From The Hill newspaper:

. . . Obama huddled with Bloomberg “as part of the administration’s continuing push to address gun violence in America,” the White House said in a statement.
“The two discussed ways to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have access to them and what more could be done at the state and local level to help address gun violence in America,” the White House added.

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Please help support the work that we do at the CPRC

16 Dec , 2015  

Your donations are crucial to the work that we do at the CPRC.  Without your support we couldn’t do the research or writing that we do.  The Crime Prevention Research Center is a 501(C)(3) tax exempt, educational organization. Your tax deductible contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50, or whatever you can donate helps us to get important facts out to the public (from research to op-eds to media appearances).…

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CPRC on Issues Today Radio to discuss proposed bans on assault weapons and expanded background checks

16 Dec , 2015  

John Lott talked to Bob Gourley on Issues Today (a syndicated radio show) about proposed bans on assault weapons and expanded background checks (the show appeared around the country after December 17th, 2015).

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On Thursday, Indiana School District will consider whether to let teachers carry concealed handguns

16 Dec , 2015  

With over 40 school districts in neighboring Ohio (as well as school districts in states from Texas and Utah) allowing teachers to carry permitted concealed handguns, the West Clark School District in Indiana will hold a meeting on Thursday to consider the issue.

Although it is for the most part against the law for individuals to carry a weapon on school grounds, Indiana code allows school boards to authorize individuals to do so.

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CPRC in the news: A couple mentions in the Washington Post, Washington Times, CNBC, the UK Daily Mail, and many others

15 Dec , 2015  

This list here is only a tiny fraction of the news coverage that we have received over the last week.  We have seen the CPRC covered in hundreds of media outlets as a result of a story in the Associated Press.  Other outlets such as NBC News and Newsweek have also covered our research.…

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CPRC in the Los Angeles Times: “Think background checks prevent gun violence? Think again.”

15 Dec , 2015  

From the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2015.

To the editor: Adam Winkler claims that we can reduce violent crime by requiring background checks on private gun transfers. This just isn’t the case. (“Why banning assault rifles won’t reduce gun violence,” Opinion, Dec. 11)

Indeed, California, Colorado and Oregon — sites of the three most recent mass public shootings — already have such laws in place.

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An amazing interview by Kurt Russell on Gun Control, “put some controls? So the people who want to defend themselves can’t?”

14 Dec , 2015  

Kurt Russell: If you think gun control, or something like that, is going to change the terrorists’ point of view, I think you’re, like, out of your mind. I think anybody [who says that] is. I think it’s absolutely insane.

The problem that we are having right now is that we don’t have the concepts of how to turn it around and say, you may think you’ve got me worried about what you are going to do, Dude, you’re about to find out what I’m gonna do, and that’s gonna worry you a lot more.  

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CPRC on NBC News: Discussing the change in gun laws since Sandy Hook Attack

14 Dec , 2015  

NBC News, December 14, 2015.  This is a very unbalanced article.  No notion that gun control may make it more likely that people will be victims of violent crime.

John Lott, a longtime gun researcher and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said that the trend of states making it easier for permit holders to carry concealed weapons has continued since Sandy Hook.

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