CPRC in the News: Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The New Republic, and Many more

Sep 20, 2016 | Featured



New Republic, September 7, 2016

With every syllabus and core curriculum, faculty and administrators have to decide what material to include and what to leave out. Similarly, there is no objective, apolitical list of visiting speakers. To the extent that conservatives, for example, are troubled by a lack of conservative speakers on campus, they should be equally troubled by the fact that a conservative academic like John Derbyshire, who believes in the inferiority of blacks, or Suzanne Venker, who instructs women to become financially dependent on men, have become causes célèbres. When Derbyshire and Venker were disinvited from speaking in the Williams College “uncomfortable learning” series, critics blamed political correctness; but it was more about quality than equality. There are better speakers. John Lott, for example, has “uncomfortable” views on gun advocacy; Antonin Scalia had “uncomfortable” views on same-sex marriage; Walter Williams has “uncomfortable” views on the impact of welfare on black families. But the anti-P.C. movement is too beholden to gadfly politics—too interested in shock and offensiveness as political strategies—to address the problematic dearth of conservative voices on campus. . . .

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 12, 2016

The Pink Pistols Facebook page went from 1,500 to 8,000 in a month.

The desire of late to take to arms was by no means restricted to gays. The number of concealed carry permits has increased 161 percent for women and 85 percent for men since 2012, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .


The Orland Sentinel, September 7, 2016, Also Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, September 11, 2016

John Lott, president of the nonpartisan Crime Prevention Research Center, noted that an another political group drawing gays and lesbians has also flourished following the Orlando shootings, but with an entirely different mission from the Pride fund.

“Pink Pistols had an explosion of membership after the Orlando attack,” Lott said. “They are people who are part of the LGBT community and who feel they have been picked on and need to be able to adequately defend themselves.” . . .


Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 10, 2016

At the same time, however, the number of guns owned and the number of concealed weapons permits continue to increase, meaning existing gun owners are buying additional firearms. A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, too, found that 2015 saw the largest increase ever in the number of concealed weapons permits. More than 14.5 million Americans are now permitted to carry firearms, a 215 percent increase since 2007. . . .


Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 18, 2016

Lastly, the governor’s executive order should particularly alarm women and minorities. A recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that over the past four years the number of women with concealed carry permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits, while permit-holding is increasing about 75 percent more quickly among minorities than among whites. McAuliffe is essentially forcing these Americans to check their Second Amendment rights at the door when entering state office buildings, while ensuring the only ones armed are the criminals. . . .


The State Press (Arizona State University school newspaper), September 18, 2016

Recent events at ASU — including a live debate over guns on college campuses, an on-campus arrest following a jewelry heist and the celebration of National Constitution Day — all illustrate a civil issue on many university campuses: Second Amendment rights.

Although the Arizona Board of Regents has already motioned against concealed weapons on campuses, some student political groups are pushing for a future in which guns have a place in the university setting.

A live debate sponsored by the ASU Federalist Society pit two political bodies against one another last Thursday to discuss whether guns are necessary on university campuses.

During the debate, Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott argued in support of guns on campuses by presenting data on the behavior of permit holders as well as shooting statistics from states that allow concealed-carry on campuses. . . .

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Breitbart News, September 11, 2016

In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. gives readers a glimpse at the impotency of gun control in Australia as a whole. He points out that the confiscatory policies that took in and destroyed over one million guns in 1996 and 1997 had–for all intents and purposes–been undone by 2010, when “the number of privately owned guns was back to the 1996 level.” Lott writes, “While Australia’s population grew by 19 percent between 1997 and 2010, the total number of guns soared by 45 percent.” . . .

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Breitbart News, September 9, 2016

In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. demonstrates that blacks in “high-crime urban areas” are the “most likely beneficiaries of Stand Your Ground laws.”

His findings are well-documented and undercut mainstream media and liberal politicians’ claims that blacks are actually harmed by Stand Your Ground. . . .

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Breitbart News, September 7, 2016

In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. shows that states with “universal” background checks had more deaths and injuries since 2013.

It should be noted that “universal” background checks are the same thing as “comprehensive” background checks. Hillary Clinton and her surrogates in the gun control lobby consistently call for “comprehensive” background checks as a solution to mass public shootings and other high-profile firearm-related crimes. . . .

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Breitbart News, September 7, 2016, World News Daily, September 8, 2016

In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. points shows that from 1950 to 2010, not one mass public shooting took place in an area where citizens could arm themselves in self-defense.

In other words, gun-free zones or gun-restricted zones were the targets of choice.

This flies in the face of the 21st century gun control movement’s claims that gun-free zones do not endanger innocents. It exposes the fallacy of arguments that present attackers as uninterested parties who choose a target by chance, never taking into account whether that target contains people who can shoot back. . . .


The Lost Angeles Loyola, September 7, 2016

According to an article from Fox News’ John Lott titled “Why most Americans oppose gun control,” a large percentage of Americans own guns for personal safety or protection. Lott’s article also goes on to discuss that in 2013, 76 percent of members from the group PoliceOne believe that armed citizens are “either extremely or very important to stopping crime.” Imagine if a citizen had a licensed firearm during the Orlando shooting and was properly trained to use it, the outcome may have been different. This right to bear arms allows citizens to protect themselves and the people around them when there are no cops to do so. Putting more restrictions or bans on obtaining guns would only take firearms away from law abiding citizens that want to ensure their protection. Some restrictions already in place for concealed carry of firearms include a strict background check as well as a mental and physical check-up. Criminals already know they wouldn’t pass the background check, so legally purchasing a gun is out of the question; but they always manage to find one. . . .


Central Maine, September 8, 2016

In his recently released book, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” economist John Lott explained: “Murders are 49 percent higher and robberies are 75 percent higher in states with expanded background checks.”

Moreover, when Lott examined all states that require background checks on private firearm transfers, he discovered that “there is no evidence to be found that these background checks affect murder rates.”

At its worst, expanded background checks seemingly trigger more violence, while at their best, they change nothing.

Most criminals obtain their weapons by either stealing them from someone, finding them somewhere or illegally purchasing them. And not a single one of these methods would be affected were expanded background checks to be implemented.

The only ones who expanded background checks would affect are law-abiding citizens who desire a weapon to protect themselves.

Speaking of which, according to Lott’s research, the number of women and minorities seeking to arm themselves for protection has increased rapidly in the past couple of years. . . .

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America’s First Freedom, September 7, 2016

A study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center last month found that the number of right-to-carry permits has exploded at the national level, and even more so among minorities and women. As the study notes, “In eight states where we have data by gender, since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161 percent for women and by 85 percent for men.” . . .

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Shooting Illustrated, September 9, 2016

A report released last month by the Crime Prevention Research Center indicated that Indiana currently has the highest per capita number of residents who hold concealed carry permits, standing at 15 percent of the population. 

South Dakota was second at 14.7 percent, and a total of ten states have a per-capita concealed-carry exceeding 10 percent.

This week, new numbers from The Hoosier State show the number of residents who hold active licenses to carry handguns has grown by nearly 50 percent since 2012–and the female CCW demographic has nearly doubled over the same period of time.

An analysis conducted by the Indianapolis Star and published Sept. 2 indicated that in 2012, there were 92,000 concealed-carry permits issued to female Hoosiers, but by the beginning of 2016, there were more than 174,000 women with a valid carry license. . . .


Ammoland, September 7, 2016

Among her biggest lies is a fake statistic she tosses out every time she talks about guns—“33,000 people a year” are killed by “gun violence.” As refuted by the prolific social scientist, Dr. John Lott, she blends in 21,334 firearm suicides, 586 accidental gun deaths, and 3,000 justifiable homicides with the actual 8,214 murders involving armed violent criminals. Lott points out that Japan, where there is no gun ownership, suicides are 54 percent higher than in our society. Her statistic—widely parroted by gun-ban politicians, Hollywood celebrities and elite media—is utterly false. And they know it. . . .

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The New American, September 6, 2016

As the door closes on legitimate gun ownership in California, more and more citizens are rushing to buy firearms. Which, as predicted and proven elsewhere (see John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime), is having the effect of increasing gun ownership in the country’s most restrictive state, resulting in a declining rate of both violent crime and firearm-related homicides. . . .


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America’s 1st Freedom, September 10, 2016

How Bloomberg Censored John Lott: We fact-check the claim that Bloomberg had an interview with John Lott cut from “Under The Gun.”