The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland), February 5, 2016
Unlike Obama and many proponents of gun-control legislation, Lott defines his terms clearly and precisely, and he cites the sources for his data. Of relevance here, the Crime Prevention Research Center conducted detailed statistical analyses of all gun crimes, including mass killings of unarmed people.
The CPRC found more than 90 percent of “mass shootings” in the last six years occurred in legally-enforced gun-free zones. This is hardly surprising.
Gun-free zones are prime victim-hunting grounds for all criminals. An armed criminal is in complete control if his victims are unarmed.
Trained citizens legally carrying concealed weapons pose a potential serious threat to criminals, but gun-free zones minimize that danger for criminals. Lott is the one demonstrating common sense. . . .
Delaware State News, January 30, 2016
According to a Crime Prevention Research Center report in July 2014, 11,113,013 Americans held concealed carry permits, or 4.8 percent of the total population. Delaware had 5,000 active permits as of Dec. 31, 2011, according to the General Accounting Office, and ranked No. 42 among states with .8 percent of the adult population with permits. . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, January 30, 2016
“Finally, someone in the federal government is recognizing what has been obvious to sheriffs and police across the country. Concealed handgun permit holders have stopped dozens of what would have clearly been mass public shootings.” — John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, responding to the Air Force announcement on firearm carry.
Ozarks First, January 28, 2016 (Video with the CPRC mentioned available here)
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, since 2007 the number of concealed handgun permits increased from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. The number issued each year also keeps increasing with more than 1.7 million issued last year, which is a 15% increase over 2013 and the most ever in a single year. . . .
The Eastern Progress, January 28, 2016
On Oct. 13, the Crime Prevention Research Center conducted a study and found that since 2009, nearly 92 percent of mass shootings have occurred in gun free zones. With a number that high, there has to be something to it. It tells the mentally unstable and disturbed that people are just sitting ducks in these areas.
Would someone carrying a gun on campus have prevented the Oregon shooting or the Sandy Hook shooting? Maybe, not certainly, but can we all agree it might have helped? When you’re dealing with lives at risk, is any safety measure a good one? . . .
From Al.com, December 11, 2015
CBS Channel 10 (Tampa Bay, Florida), January 13, 2016 (While this doesn’t mention the CPRC’s research, it is obviously referencing our research.)
“These are the facts: concealed licensed permit holders commit misdemeanor and felonies at a rate of .0002% on an annual basis. They are 6 times less likely to commit a crime than law enforcement officers. So you are talking about an extremely law-abiding group of people,” explains Stebue. He adds. “Why wouldn’t we let them have the opportunity to defend themselves and others if they’re not the ones committing the crimes.” . . .
Western Journalism, February 6, 2016
A study by John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, and William M. Landes from the University of Chicago Law School, offers some insights into why the national firearm violent crime rate has been declining.
“Overall, we find that states without right-to-carry laws had more deaths and injuries from multiple shootings per year (both in absolute numbers and on a per capita basis) during the 1977 to 1997 period. Note also that the number of states with right-to-carry laws increased from 8 to 31 and the percentage of the U.S. population in these states rose from 8.5 to 50 percent in this period. Yet, states without right-to-carry laws still account for the large majority (often around 90 percent) of deaths and injuries.”
They continue, “We find that ‘rampage killings’ declined by at least 47 percent after concealed handguns laws are passed. The decline in the number of attacks in states enacting right to carry laws range from 61 to 71 percent. The average number of murders and injuries per state fell from 3.17 to 1.36 and the average number of attacks per state fell from .42 to .20.”
Not only do we not have a “gun violence epidemic,” the data indicates the violent crime rate, including those using a firearm, is declining. Further, it would appear that there is a causal effect between the decline in gun-related murders and liberalized gun ownership laws.
Perhaps the solution is not in additional gun control measures, but expanding right-to-carry laws where currently disallowed. . . .