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CPRC on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio (CBC): Discussion on the NRA demographic

16 Jun , 2016  

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Dr. John Lott was on CBC Radio and he was paired with someone from Media Matters (yes, the CBC actually views Media Matters as a credible source).  Wednesday, June 15, 2016 starting at 7:35 AM.  From the article on the show:

. . . Timothy Johnson, the guns and public safety program director for Media Matters, a media watchdog, points to a demographic issue that the NRA is facing, resulting in losing members.

“Overall the NRA demographic is going away … it’s aging, it’s mostly white,” Johnson tells The Current’s host Anna Maria Tremonti.

He adds that while there have been reports of booming gun sales over the past three years, Johnson says gun ownership isn’t as prevalent as some may assume.

“If you look at surveys of how many people own guns … household ownerships, that’s actually been declining for decades.”

John Lott, president of Crime Prevention Research Center, an organization that looks at guns and crime, does not agree that the NRA’s influence is waning. He tells Anna Maria Tremonti that 13 million people in the U.S. have concealed carry permits and 10 states don’t require permits.

According to Lott, the survey Johnson points to as a decline in gun ownership is “selective.”

“If you look at things like concealed carry permits, those have ballooned from about 4.6 million  in 2007 to about 13 million last year.”. . .

In response to the Orlando shooting, Lott hopes that the U.S. will get rid of gun-free zones.

“Since 1950, with just three exceptions – every single, mass public shooting has occurred where general citizens aren’t allowed to have guns for protection. And that’s happened again this last time in Orlando,” says Lott.

To date, the Orlando attack was the worst mass shooting by a single shooter in U.S. history. . . .

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1 Response

  1. Hi Mr. Lott, I’ve been a follower of your work for a while now and I love what you do. Most of what you said here, I’m already familiar with, but there’s one thing I’d like to know more about. The part where you said the studies that show women are more vulnerable in the home than on the street aren’t peer reviewed. Can you provide a little more information about which studies we’re talking about and what scientific inquiry contradicts them? I’d like to do more research into this topic. Thanks.

    Sean Sheridan

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