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28 Jul , 2016  

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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. Under-enforcement looks like the more serious charge. . . .

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Pittsburgh Tribune Live, July 11, 2016

. . . In fiscal years 2014 through 2017, President Obama requested $10 million for research into firearms, according to the CDC. Congress has not freed up the money.

“In order to pursue research into the causes and prevention of gun violence, the $10 million funding requested in the president’s budget would be necessary,” Lenard said.

John Lott, a gun-rights advocate and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center in Alexandria, Va., pointed out that Lenard’s words prove that there is no prohibition on firearms research. He said the CDC is prohibited only from using money for advocacy, not for research.

“The fact is that the only thing they were banned from was using funds to lobby for gun control,” he said. “This is literally what the amendment says. There’s so much misinformation out there. People just irresponsibly throw out the notion that the CDC is banned.”

Albert said he’d like to see an intervention study related to gun violence. Examples he offered include the effects of summer job programs or juvenile probation on violent crime.

“Change a social determinant and see if it impacts the rate of violence — there are a lot of levers that can be pulled,” he said. “We just want to protect people’s lives.”

Lott said he, too, is motivated by safety concerns, and he believes most gun-control measures wind up disarming law-abiding citizens.

“I personally don’t think the federal government should be funding this type of research,” he said. “There’s plenty of funding out there from foundations and, frankly, the research is sloppy. Plus, I doubt the research would be unbiased.” . . .

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WAND-TV (Decatur, IL), July 21, 2016

Ninety-two percent of mass shootings occur in gun free zones according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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The Blaze, July 11, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, the Libertarian Party called for the elimination of gun-free zones. . . .

“Virtually all mass shootings happen in ‘gun-free’ zones,” Sarwark said. “Regardless of the ideology of the shooter or the type of weapons used, the common link is that the event occurs where responsible gun owners are prohibited from carrying arms for self-defense.”

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, only a little more than 1 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places that were not considered to be a gun-free zone. In fact, as Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott Jr. noted in October 2015, only two mass shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have occurred in an area where citizens were not prohibited from carrying a gun.

Pulse, the popular gay nightclub in Orlando where a 29-year-old terrorist fatally killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 early Sunday morning, was reportedly a gun-free zone.

“In each of these mass killings, the government prohibited people from exercising their life-saving right to self-defense. Government-mandated ‘gun-free’ zones disarm those who want to defend themselves and their loved ones,” Sarwark said. “‘Gun-free’ zones create killing fields for mass murders who, by definition, do not care what the law says.” . . .

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The Arizona Republic, July 11, 2016

To bolster Babeu’s claim, Clark also cited a report from the Crime Prevention Research Center, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States.” The Crime Prevention Research Center is funded largely by individuals and does not accept donations from gun makers or organizations such as the NRA.

John R. Lott Jr., founder of the center and author of the report, told AZ Fact Check the report findings are consistent with Babeu’s claim that the Constitutional Carry law reduced Arizona’s rates of murder and other violent crimes.

According to the report, the percentage of the population with concealed-carry permits has a greater impact on crime than whether a state has a right-to-carry law such as Arizona’s Constitutional Carry law.

The group’s report notes that as concealed-carry permits increased 178 percent nationwide, between 2007 to 2014, murders fell 25 percent. The report also says that in 2013, states that allowed concealed carry without a permit had a 33 percent decrease in murder and 32 percent decrease in violent crime.

But the report also says drawing a connection between crime reductions and concealed-carry permits is overly simplistic and can be misleading.

Other factors can contribute to a reduction in crime, including changes to the police force, the rates of convictions and prison sentences, which could account for 50 percent of a crime-rate reduction, Lott said. Lott also said a statistical test for a single state like Arizona can’t be done because there aren’t enough years. . . .

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Florida Politics, July 27, 2016

The Trump campaign responded by issuing a statement — not from the candidate or his spokesman, but from gun rights advocate John Lott, who called him a gun-control zealot. . . .

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The University of Georgia, Red & Black, July 25, 2016

Taking away our guns will only take away protection from law-abiding citizens and make them easier targets. Since at least 1950, a little over one percent of mass public shootings in the United States have occurred where citizens have been able to defend themselves, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

Interestingly, disarming a populous does not make them safer. In the UK, following the ban of guns in 1996, crimes immediately skyrocketed with around a 50 percent increase in homicide rates according to data published by the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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Townhall.com, July 20, 2016

Should blacks, at 13 percent of the population, comprise 13 percent of doctors, 13 percent of lawyers and 13 percent of NBA players? If not, does this mean there is a “disparity” that we must address as a society? According to economist John Lott, teenage black males, compared to teen white males, are nine times more likely to commit murder — and the murder victim is almost always another young black man. What about that disparity, Mr. President? . . .

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America’s 1st Freedom, July 28, 2016

Why do they pretend to care about the poor when it comes to voting (even when state IDs are given free of charge to low-income individuals), yet do all they can to make getting a gun expensive?

This has happened in New York City; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and in many other places controlled by liberal politicians. The fees might not seem like much for a middle- or upper-middle-class person, but they are a lot for lower-income individuals. In 2013, for example, Maryland Democrats pushed through legislation that requires $205 to $230 in fees and training expenses for those who want to get a handgun. “When Republicans tried to exempt poor individuals from paying the government fees, the Democrat-controlled state legislature wouldn’t even let the amendment come up for a vote,” says John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

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NRA-ILA, July 17, 2016

Although no source is listed, a Bloomberg School of Public Health study published in 2014 claimed that Missouri’s 2007 repeal of a permit-to-purchase handgun law was followed by increased murder rates in the state. When the Crime Prevention Research Center analyzed the study and reviewed the relevant crime rates, it discovered that, while the murder rate in Missouri did rise by 17 percent relative to the rest of the country in the five years after 2007, this rate had actually increased by 32 percent in the five years prior to 2007. (As to why the study used only murder rates and not “gun crimes” or other violent crimes, the analysis suggests that none of the other violent crime statistics supported the desired relationship between a background check law and reduced crime rates.) . . .

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McPherson Sentinel (Kansas), July 25, 2016

Kansas is nowhere near the national averages for concealed carry licenses. According to a study performed by the Crime Prevention Research Center, only 5 percent of the US adult population has a concealed carry license. But the number of permits is increasing quickly. Over 2015, 1.7 million additional new permits were issued, which is a 15.4 percent increase in one year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.

Kansas is one of 10 states that does not require a license to carry weapon, yet many still advocate the education and training involved in obtaining the license. . . .

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The Times Reporter.com (Tuscarawas County, Ohio), July 11, 2016

The uptick in the number of people seeking the right to legally carry a concealed gun seems to be trending nationwide.

The Crime Prevention Research Center released a report in July saying that that number of concealed handgun permits continues to increase nationwide.

“Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued — a 15.4 percent increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits,” according to the center’s report, which can be found at https://crimeresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-Report-from-the-Crime-Prevention-Research-Center-Final.pdf.

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Ammoland, July 15, 2016

Although the tactics will vary, the net effect of a host of actions will result in what are effectively gun bans. As John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Centerexplains, we quickly forget how recently we actually did have outright gun bans on the books.

“Until 2008, Washington, D.C., had a complete handgun ban. It was also a felony to put a bullet in the chamber of a gun. In effect, this was a complete ban on guns. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down these laws.”

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