CPRC in the News Around the World: New York Post, Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo Finance, Washington Examiner, multiple Mexican publications

8 Dec , 2016  


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New York Post, November 30, 2016

The media is “incredulous” over Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud, notes John Lott at the Daily Caller, yet illegal votes have “mattered in plenty of elections” — and fraud still occurs today. Lott cites Lyndon Johnson’s 1948 election to the Senate, John Kennedy’s 1960 presidential win and Al Franken’s 2010 Senate victory as examples where voter fraud likely tilted the results. More recently, suspicious ballots have turned up in California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia and North Carolina in the past two months alone. Problems could’ve been avoided “if voters had to register in-person with a valid photo ID,” he argues. And, evidence has linked voter IDs to increased turnout, and none backs up lefty claims that they “disproportionately harmed minorities, the poor, or the elderly.” There’s a “cost to voter fraud,” observes Lott — and news reports saying there’s no evidence of it are “clearly false.”

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Christian Science Monitor, December 7, 2016; Yahoo Finance, December 7, 2016

But John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, and an advocate for stand-your-ground laws, wrote in 2013 that often forgotten in the debate over the laws is why they exist in the first place.

“Requiring people to retreat sometimes prevented people from defending themselves…. Overzealous prosecutors sometimes claimed that people who defended themselves could have retreated even farther,” he wrote in an op-ed that appeared in The Chicago Tribune. “The laws make it easier for would-be victims to protect themselves when the police can’t arrive fast enough,” which he added could benefit people living in high-crime areas. . . .


Washington Examiner, December 5, 2016

John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center that charts concealed carry permits, told the Washington Examiner that they have reached a new record of more than 15 million, well more than the 14.5 million in his last report.

In that report, he said the eight states and the District of Columbia that have “may-issue” rules have handed out 494,547 permits, or about 3.4 percent of the 14.5 million. However, he added, they represent 26.4 percent of the U.S. population. . . .

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National Review, December 5, 2016

In July, the Crime Prevention Research Center published a comprehensive report on those Americans who hold concealed-carry permits. Among the findings, the Center notes that while the police are dramatically more law-abiding than the population as a whole (37 times more law-abiding), permit holders in Texas and Florida — two states that keep comprehensive records — were even more law-abiding than cops. Police officers committed crimes at a rate of 103 crimes per 100,000 officers. Permit holders in Texas and Florida committed crimes at a rate of 22.3 per 100,000.

But don’t tell the New York Times. Last week it editorialized against legislation that would require states to recognize lawful concealed carry permits issued in other states. In “support” of its argument, it tried to make the case that permit holders are a threat to public safety. Using research from the anti-gun Violence Policy Center, it ominously claims that “since 2007, concealed-carry permit holders have been responsible for at least 898 deaths not involving self-defense.” Follow the link to the study, called “Concealed Carry Killers,” and you’ll find that almost 300 of those 898 deaths were suicides. . . .


Albany Democrat-Herald, November 30, 2016

Dr. Lott is an economist and a well-respected, perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues. Dr. Lott is neither a pro-gun or anti-gun advocate. He is a researcher who has performed in-depth analysis and data collection on the subject of gun control and doesn’t cherry-pick his findings to support an agenda, unlike the Bloomberg/Obama/Clinton agenda. Dr. Lott addresses topics such as why gun licenses and background checks don’t stop crime, how gun-free zones actually attract mass shooters, why background checks on private gun transfers is a bad idea, and why stand your ground laws are some of the best crime deterrents we have, just to mention a few. . . .


Sonoma State Star (Sonoma, California), December 6, 2016

In 2015, 12.8 million Americans had concealed-carry permits according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. This number will only continue to grow and Black Friday is only proof of that. This year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, The Trace reported the FBI completed more gun background checks than on any other day in U.S. history. . . .


Basler Zeitung (Alamannia, German), December 6, 2016

Nun haben John Lott (Crime Prevention Re­­search Center) und Carlisle Moody (College of William and Mary) in einer neuen Studie 2699 Fälle tödlicher Polizeigewalt untersucht, die landesweit zwischen 2013 und 2015 stattgefunden haben. Sie wollten herausfinden, ob «weisse Polizei­beamte voreingenommen schwarze ­Verdächtige ins Visier nehmen».

Die Datenauswertung liefert keinerlei Hinweise darauf, dass weisse Cops eine ausgeprägtere Bereitschaft als ihre schwarzen ­Kollegen zeigten, auf schwarze Verdächtige zu schiessen. Im Gegenteil: Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, von einem schwarzen Polizisten erschossen zu werden, war für einen schwarzen Verdächtigen drei bis fünf Mal grösser. Und ein weiterer Befund: Auch weibliche Sicherheitskräfte drückten ­häufiger ab als ihre weissen Kollegen.

Das ­Untersuchungsergebnis widerspricht diametral der Behauptung, ein grassierender weisser ­Rassismus sei dafür verantwortlich, dass überproportional viele Schwarze Ziel von Polizeikugeln werden. Doch gegen die Polizei zu hetzen und sich als Opfer zu zelebrieren, wie dies die «Black Lives Matter»-Aktivisten tun, ist einfacher, als sich mit der traurigen Tatsache zu befassen, dass Schwarze, obwohl sie nur dreizehn Prozent der Bevölkerung ausmachen, für über die Hälfte aller Morde und Raube verantwortlich sind. (Basler Zeitung) . . .


In a new study, John Lott (Crime Prevention Research Center) and Carlisle Moody (College of William and Mary) investigated 2699 cases of deadly police violence, which took place nationwide between 2013 and 2015. They wanted to find out whether “white police officers biased black suspects”.

The data analysis does not provide any evidence that white cops showed a more pronounced readiness than their black colleagues to shoot at black suspects. On the contrary, the probability of being shot by a black policeman was three to five times greater for a black suspect. And another finding: Female security forces also expressed more frequently than their white colleagues.

The result of the investigation diametrically contradicts the assertion that a rampant white racism is responsible for the disproportionate number of black targets of police balls. But hurling against the police and celebrating as a victim, as the Black Lives Matter activists do, is easier than dealing with the sad fact that blacks, although they make up only thirteen percent of the population, Over half of all murders and robberies. (Basler newspaper). . . . .


Publimetro (Mexico), December 6, 2016 (translation)

Also involved was John Lott, an American expert on the subject who highlights the supposed benefits of armed societies and “one of the ideologists of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRE),” said the PRD Mario Delgado.

Preciado denied that Lott had any links with the powerful lobby and assured that the forum presented positions for and against, however, his luxury guest had a participation of one hour while the rest of the speakers had about four minutes .

The PAN legislator said that the homicides increased by 267% in the first nine months of 2016, as “we went from having five homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2007 to 61 this year. Overnight we became the most violent state in Latin America, “he said.

In the proposal of Preciado proposes to modify article 10 of the Constitution, to allow the carrying of weapons in the homes, vehicles and shops.

Lott said that the main victims in arms regulation are the poor, the marginalized, women and the elderly, although it helped reduce violence and concentrate it on 3% of the territory. In addition, he said that 75% of homicides in the United States are registered in only 90 counties.

“It is a dangerous and ill-founded proposal because it is promoted with arguments from American society that do not apply here and are biased,” said Magda Coss, author of Arms Trafficking in Mexico (Grijalbo, 2012).

It is estimated that in Mexico there are 3.5 million legal weapons, but the number amounts to 20 million if they count those that are illegal

In Mexico, 20,525 homicides were committed in 2015.12,367 were committed with firearms, according to data from the Institute of Statistics. Instead, the US has about 300 million weapons. Half are in the hands of 3% of Americans. . . .


Reforma (Mexico), December 4, 2016 (translation)

According to John Lott (standing), a proponent of pro-gun policies in the United States, anonymous avengers are an expression of the need of people to defend themselves . . . .


Hoy (Spanish language, Los Angeles, California), December 6, 2016

El presidente del Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott, crítico con las leyes adicionales sobre control de armas y que es citado habitualmente por el grupo de cabildeo del sector, argumenta que este último tiroteo ilustra cómo los controles de antecedentes ampliados respaldados por el presidente Barack Obama no frenan los tiroteos masivos. . . .


The president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, John Lott, a critic of the additional arms control laws and commonly quoted by the industry lobbying group, argues that this latest shooting illustrates how the expanded background checks backed by President Barack Obama Obama does not stop massive shootings. . . .


Tennessee Journalist, November 30, 2016

While there has been extensive research on the matter, the results seem to conflict from one study to the next. According to research from Mayors Against Illegal Guns published by The Washington Post, it shows that roughly 33 percent of the mass shootings in a 3 year span occurred within gun free zones; while a study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center states that 92 percent of mass shootings occurred within gun free zones. . . .


The Wilmington Journal, December 6, 2016; Afro, December 2, 2016

According to a July 2016 research paper by John Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center, the number of concealed handgun permits during President Obama’s tenure soared to 14.5 million, a 215 percent increase since 2007. The uptick, he noted, was largely driven by minorities whose permit-holding was increasing about 75 percent more than among Whites. . . . .

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Guns.com, December 1, 2016

Meanwhile, Dr. John Lott, founded the Crime Prevention Research Center and a favorite among gun rights groups for his research linking lower crime rates to concealed carry laws, calls Webster’s study political and “not a serious attempt to deal with existing arguments.”


Vermont Watchdog.org, November 29, 2016

John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, says voter fraud is more common than people realize.

“People use absentee ballots to create lots of votes that really aren’t there,” Lott told Vermont Watchdog.

Watchdog’s exposure of illegal absentee ballot requests by a Republican candidate for attorney general and the Vermont Democratic Party shows that holes exist in Vermont’s absentee ballot process. Town clerks admit they are unable to verify who filled out an absentee ballot once it is sent out from their offices. In addition, clerks are not required to confirm addresses before mailing ballots. . . .

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Guns.com, November 28, 2016

A 2015 survey by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that licensing fees vary widely across the nation from a low of $10 in South Dakota to over $150 in Illinois, putting the Texas rate at the high end. The report also found that each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point. . . . .


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