“Quite simply, the Ft. Lauderdale airport is a gun-free zone,” Pratt stated. “In fact, the Crime Prevention Research Center reports that ‘Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at airports.’” . . .
The Daily Caller, January 5, 2016
The trends in market diversity and in public opinion polls are also reflected in concealed carry permits. In July 2016, the Crime Prevention Research Center analyzed concealed-carry permits and found that from 2007-2015, permits issued to nonwhite Americans increased about 75 percent faster than those issued by state and local governments to white Americans. Note, this was before Donald Trump won the election. The analysis also found that in the states that report permit data by gender, “since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161 percent for women and by 85 percent for men.” . . .
The Blaze, January 10, 2016
Indeed, John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center has run some numbers and found that 98.4% of shootings between 1950 and today have occurred on gun-free zones. While Democrats may believe more guns may lead to more problems, the numbers don’t seem to agree. . . .
Washington Examiner, January 8, 2016
Breitbart, January 5, 2016
Breitbart News reported in April that thefts from licensed gun dealers were at a rate of .039 percent in 2015. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, approximately 16 million guns were sold by Federal Firearm License holders in 2015 and 6,163 guns were stolen from them. . . .
Breitbart, January 6, 2016
In other words, it is legal to have a gun with you if it is “encased” for travel–say, for the purposes of a hunting or shooting trip–but it is not legal to have one otherwise. This mean law-abiding Floridians with concealed carry licenses were barred from having their guns on their persons for self-defense while at the baggage claim where the January 6 attack occurred. The Crime Prevention Research Center notes that “Florida is one of only six states that completely ban concealed carry at airports.” . . .
Breitbart, January 8, 2016
The Crime Prevention Research Center reports that Florida is one of only six states that prohibit concealed carry permit holders from carrying guns in the unsecured areas of airports for self-defense. Santiago allegedly carried out his attack in the baggage claim area, which is unsecured. . . .
The Blaze, January 6, 2016
Common sense says that anyone looking to shoot up a place may think twice, or fail miserably, when the intended victims have the capability to shoot back. So does history, as John Lott wrote in National Review in October 2015.
Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting — and there have been plenty of mass shooting in Europe — has occurred in a gun-free zone. In addition, they have had three of the six worst K–12 school shootings, and Europe experienced by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual (Norway in 2011, which from the shooting alone left 67 people dead and 110 wounded). . . .
American Thinker, January 4, 2016
At year’s end, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action cited an article on Breitbart that enumerated “20 Times Bad Guys were Stopped by Armed Citizens” in 2016. The NRA then followed up with an article from the Crime Prevention Research Center cataloguing another eleven crimes that were terminated by armed citizens. What’s so revealing about these defensive actions is the age of many who used a firearm to defend themselves. . . .
The New American, January 9, 2016
The presence of firearms makes those locations moresafe, not less (see John Lott’s book More Guns, Less Crime). “Potential active shooters” already “carry their deadly weapons right into airports” (see Fort Lauderdale shooting). Weapons are only “deadly” when they are misused. . . .
Western Journalism, January 6, 2016
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, more than 14.5 million concealed handgun permits were issued in the United States in 2015. These people have made the conscious decision to keep their safety in their own hands, not just by purchasing a weapon but by gaining the proper training needed to obtain their concealed carry permit. Eleven states don’t require a permit to carry, but that doesn’t deter residents from getting the appropriate training. This training will make the woman more confident with the weapon, and not be afraid to carry it. . . .
Canada Free Press, January 6, 2016
It’s also interesting to note, States with the largest increases in gun ownership also have the largest drops in violent crimes, says John R. Lott, Jr., author of More Guns, Less Crime, now in its third edition, with updated statistics from the last 10 years, including detailed analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Lott proves that States with the most restrictive gun laws also have the highest murder rates, while states with much less restrictive laws, and those which allow open carry, have far fewer murder rates. . . .
Guns.com, January 4, 2016
“Just because someone can’t manage his finances doesn’t mean that he’s a danger to others,” said Lott, who likened the requirements to a literacy test for voting, in a column published by the National Review.
“What is next? Keeping guns away from people who can’t drive or do math? What about other rights? Should ‘financially incompetent’ people be forbidden from voting or making other decisions?” he asked. . . .
Bearing Arms, January 7, 2016
Dr. John Lott has crunched the numbers at the Crime Prevention Research Center, revealing that so-called “gun free zones” (and Florida’s baggage claim areas are presently “gun free” for everyone except terrorists, criminals, and the mentally ill) are by far the targets of choice for mass killers.
The Patriot Post, January 3, 2016
When it comes to Hollywood, a film’s accruing $3.2 million in its first two weeks is considered a debacle. Yet that’s the meager reception with which a new pro-gun control movie, “Miss Sloane,” was greeted. The Salt Lake Tribune says the anti-NRA film “serves up plenty that’s worth seeing” and praises it as “a smart take on what’s gone wrong with the system.” Evidently, moviegoers didn’t get the memo. The statistics aren’t pretty, as well-known firearms researcher John Lott explains in National Review: . . .
Ammoland, January 5, 2016
Representative Massie concluded: “A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”
As John Lott, author of The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, writes in The Columbus Dispatch, “Would you feel safer posting a sign announcing your home is a gun-free zone? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. So why do we display these signs in public places?”. . .
Ammoland, January 7, 2016
Researcher John Lott has documented the preponderance of “false positives” in his warnings against Brady background checks. That’s also a real danger in the latest bit of “bipartisan” rights denial being pushed under the “No Fly/No Buy” slogan. And it shows yet another downside to the Bloomberg “background check” mandates designed to end all private sales plus establish identifying data needed for a registration system (“Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration…” — National Institute of Justice). . . .