31 Jul , 2016

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CPRC in the Los Angeles Times: “We adjust for population with murder rates. Why not for mass shootings?”

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece in the Los Angeles Times describes research in his new book, The War on Guns.

Many believe that the United States is unique in terms of mass public shootings. Even after the attacks last November that left 130 dead in Paris, President Obama had the gall to claim, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency.”

It fits the narrative, as Hillary Clinton said recently, that our mass public shootings “are rooted in the much too readily available weapons of mass killings, usually assault weapons.” If the U.S.

31 Jul , 2016

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New Book: The War on Guns

What are people saying about the book?

“The Second Amendment has no better defender than John Lott. What makes him so invaluable is his ability to go beyond philosophical arguments and to engage opponents of gun ownership on the facts. Through rigorous research and analysis of data, he has been able to show in previous books that increased gun possession can actually make people safer and reduce crime.

29 Jul , 2016

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CPRC at Fox News: “Do Democrats want to disarm minorities?”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox New on the Democratic National Convention:

On Tuesday night, the mother of Trayvon Martin praised Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia for having “the courage to lead the fight for common-sense gun legislation.”  Numerous other speakers also raised the gun control issue at the DNC, too. 

28 Jul , 2016

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CPRC in the News: Newsweek, Florida Politics, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, The Blaze, Arizona Republic, and others

Newsweek, July 13, 2016

Obama has rightly been criticized on this front by the ever-alert John Lott for ignoring the underlying rate of violations, especially in connection with arrest rates for homicide, which are twice as high for blacks even though they are six times as likely than whites to commit homicide.

27 Jul , 2016

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Five defensive gun uses with permitted concealed handguns over just a few days

From Fox News 32 in Chicago, July 25, 2016:

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – A man was shot by a civilian employee of the Chicago Police Department during an attempted robbery Monday morning in the Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Shortly before 6 a.m., the 57-year-old man was getting on his motorcycle in the 1300 block of South Sawyer when he was approached by a man and a teenager who announced a robbery, according to Chicago Police.

27 Jul , 2016

CPRC research covered in the Washington Times, Breitbart, and Townhall: “Concealed carry permits at all-time high Women, minorities fasting-growing groups seeking license”

The Washington Times article started this way:

Nearly 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S.

26 Jul , 2016

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New Study: Over 14.5 million concealed handgun permits, last year saw the largest increase ever in the number of permits

UPDATE: Our newest annual study is available here.

Original: The CPRC has new issue of our annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available here.  Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post.  Past reports can be viewed here.  …


26 Jul , 2016

CPRC at the National Review: Gun Control Is Not the Answer to Shootings that Kill Police Officers


Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at National Review starts this way:

Democrats keep using shootings of police officers to push for more gun control. Having just arrived in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention, the Reverend Jesse Jackson complained on Sunday that police are more likely to be killed in states that have open-carry laws.


23 Jul , 2016

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CPRC on 50,000 watt WWL’s Think Tank with Don Dubuc the views of Police on Private Gun Ownership

Dr. John Lott talked to host Don Dubuc about a recent poll by the National Association of Chiefs of Police and another 2013 survey by PoliceOne show strong support for gun ownership (Friday, July 22, 2016 from 12:10 to 12:30 PM).

22 Jul , 2016

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CPRC in The Weekly Standard: “When the subject is guns, politics trumps history,” reviewing Pamela Haag’s book “The Gunning of America”

Shots Fired
When the subject is guns, politics trumps history.
AUG 01, 2016 | By JOHN R. LOTT JR.

Pamela Haag calls gun makers “merchants of death.” And America’s love affair with guns, she says, didn’t really start until the late 1800s, when the “merchants of death” convinced Americans that they wanted guns.