CPRC in the News around the nation and the world over the last few weeks: Fox News, Real Clear Policy, Washington Post, Hot Air, Daily Caller, Huffington Post, and many other places

16 Jan , 2016  

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Real Clear Policy, December 28, 2015

Kleck suggested that concealed-carry laws don’t even increase the carrying of guns; instead, they just legalize what people were doing anyway. In response, Lott pointed out that the rising number of concealed-carry permits has roughly tracked the rise of guns found by the TSA, suggesting that permits do make a difference.

For his part, Armstrong wrote that he personally knows people who carried guns after getting their permits but not before. I do as well — in fact, I’m one of them. And a closer look at the TSA data reveals a stark pattern: More guns are being found in states with permissive concealed-carry laws, but not in states where it’s hard to get a license. . . .

The places with strict laws are home to more than one-quarter of the U.S. population, but they accounted for just 8 percent of the guns TSA found, mostly in massive California. Of course, this isn’t just carry laws at work — these states also have lower gun ownership and harsher penalties for people who run afoul of gun laws, even accidentally. (See New Jersey, especially, on that latter point.)

The trends are much more convincing. The stricter states accounted for 157 guns in 2012, 141 in 2013, and 165 in 2014 — a pattern consistent with randomness, with a decrease between the first two years. The states that grant permits liberally, by contrast, saw their gun count climb steadily and dramatically, from 1,334 to 1,652 to 1,945. Many of these states saw substantial increases individually as well. Texas’s number rose from 292 to 417. . . .

Lott’s organization, the Crime Prevention Research Centerkeeps track of the best numbers available . . .

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Washington Post, January 1, 2016

An analysis from the Crime Prevention Research Center this year revealed that the number of concealed-carry permit holders soared from 4.6 million in 2007 to 12.8 million now. . . .

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Fox News, January 15, 2016

The number of concealed handgun permits soared from 4.6 million in 2007 to 12.8 million in 2015, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. Those numbers match an evolution in the general public’s attitude toward guns. Just 35 percent of respondents in an August 2000 Gallup poll said they felt safer with a gun in the house. That rose to 42 percent in 2004, 47 percent in 2006 and 63 percent in 2014. . . .

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Hot Air, January 12, 2016

. . . One thing we can expect the President to repeat is his ongoing assurance that he doesn’t want to make it “harder” for any law abiding citizen to obtain and own a weapon. He’ll talk about his respect for the Second Amendment. But given his history it’s difficult to see how anyone would take him very seriously regarding these claims.

One good data point to nail down on this comes in a piece at The Daily Caller by Dr. John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He has some personal experience on the subject since he knew the President when they were both attending the University of Chicago Law School. He focuses on remarks which Obama made during his recent CNN “Town Hall” on guns. . . .

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Watertown Daily Times, January 8, 2016

John R. Lott Jr., a conservative gun rights activist who heads the Crime Prevention Research Center who was not at the town hall, said in an interview that administration officials tend to gloss over the fact that people who have been victims of violent crime are more likely to own guns than those who have not. . . .

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Powerline, January 9, 2016

Perhaps the most biggest whopper President Obama retailed at CNN’s town hall forum on “gun violence” this past Thursday was his support for Second Amendment rights. He obviously detests the Second Amendment and obviously believes Americans should not have the right to own guns. He therefore bashes the foremost organizational advocate of Second Amendment rights in the United States at every opportunity.

John Lott has testified to Obama’s opposition to gun ownership as expressed to him personally by Obama at the University of Chicago Law School. And so on. . . .

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Western Journalism, January 12, 2016

Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, recently contrasted Obama’s 2016 rhetoric with Obama’s past record on guns and found a striking difference. . . .

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The Patriot Post, January 12, 2016

Conservatives know that’s a lie. But more proof is provided in a newly published op-ed by prominent researcher and crime analyst John Lott, who writes, “‘I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.’ That’s what Obama told me when we were colleagues at the University of Chicago Law School in 1996. Obama has also publicly supported a nationwide ‘ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns’ as well as a ‘ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.’ Even as late as the 2008 Presidential primaries, Obama supported Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban.” . . .

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The Daily Item (Middleburg, PA), January 2, 2015

There are about 13 million concealed gun permits in the United States, representing about 5 percent of the adult population, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. Since 2007, permits for women have increased by 270 percent and by 156 percent for men. . . .

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Daily Caller, December 27, 2015; WLW News Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, December 28, 2015

There were a total of four incidents involving a person using a gun to stop a crime or other life-threatening incident between December 22 and December 26, according to a list compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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Waco Tribune (Texas), December 30, 2015

Since almost any scenario of concern equally applies to both concealed and open carry, concealed carry history merits examination. Crime Prevention Research Center reports studied the period of 2005-2007. The rate of police officers facing weapons violations was 0.02 percent. By comparison, the study reports the Florida CHL holder rate of weapons violations was 0.008 percent. So police were 21/2 times more likely to have a weapons violation than a Florida CHL holder. . . .

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The Daily Meal, December 28, 2015

At least three Texas grocers have chosen to opt out of the state’s open-carry gun law, which goes into effect on Friday, January 1. More than 800,000 Texans are already registered as concealed weapon carriers, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), and TV Newsroom, December 28, 2015; Kearney Hub (Nebraska), December 29, 2015

From 2007 to 2014, the number of concealed-carry handgun permits issued in the U.S. nearly tripled, from 4.7 million to 12.8 million, according to a July report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. The group supports right-to-carry measures and opposes tighter gun control laws.

In 2007, Nebraska began allowing licensed gun owners to carry handguns; in Iowa, that move took effect in 2011.

Ever since, applications for concealed-carry permits have steadily increased; Nebraska has more than 42,000 permit holders and Iowa has as many as 250,000. Authorities in both states have seen a spike in those numbers in recent weeks. . . .

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Nano News, December 29, 2015

More than 800,000 Texans are already registered as concealed weapon carriersaccording to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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Huffington Post, December 27, 2015

Fellow conservative John Lott, Jr., at the Crime Prevention Research Centerdisputes MacDonald’s claims. Comparing it to past claims, that also proved false, he says MacDonald’s claim is “possibly more inflammatory” and “appears to be less accurate.” . . .

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America’s 1st Freedom has this from January 12th, 2016

At his press conference, the president referenced some Cracker Jack-box “research” that claimed that Missouri’s murder rate increase after 2007 was due to the repeal of the racist law. The truth is that the murder rate in the state was increasing before the law was repealed; the result-pursuing, sorry-excuse-for-researchers cherry-picked their data and took advantage of the continuing trend. They are as much of a disgrace to the scientific field as the pompous, condescending president is to his office. As John Lott points out, FBI data shows that the growth in Missouri’s murder rate actually slowed dramatically after the repeal of the law. . . .

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The Glasgow Courier (Glasgow, MT)

Breitbart, a conservative website, has data from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) showing 92 percent of mass shootings are happening at gun-free zones. That data was completed in response of Everytown for Gun Safety producing data that showed 14 percent of the same data. Why the difference? Criteria! We can get numbers, how I love them, to say just about anything! So what to do? How could I “square this circle?” . . .

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Mat-Su Frontiersman (Alaska), December 24, 2015

In his article, “The facts shoot holes in Obama’s claim that U.S. is only host to mass killings,” Lott points out that, from 2009 to mid-June, 2015, and when adjusted for population size to allow across-the-board comparisons, “Norway had the highest annual death rate, with 2 mass public shooting fatalities per million people. Macedonia had a rate of 0.38, Serbia 0.28, Slovakia 0.20, Finland 0.14, Belgium 0.14, and the Czech Republic 0.13. The US comes in No. 8 with 0.095 mass public shooting fatalities per million people. Austria and Switzerland are close behind.”

He continues, “In terms of the frequency of attacks, the United States ranks ninth, with 0.09 attacks per million people. Macedonia, Serbia, Switzerland, Norway, Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic all had higher rates.”

Regarding recent terrorist activities, Lott states, “Between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 6,282 terrorist attacks per year outside of Iraq, Afghanistan and the U.S. On average, more than 27,000 people were killed, injured or kidnapped each year. Obama keeps using these attacks to advocate requiring background checks on private transfers of guns. Such a requirement, however, already exists in France and almost all of Europe. The background checks failed. So too did France and Belgium’s complete bans on the weapons used in those attacks. The terrorists who attacked those countries still got the weapons that they wanted.” . . . .


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