CPRC in the News: The Daily Caller, The Blaze, Al Jazeera, TV Insider, and many others

18 Apr , 2017  

The Daily Caller, April 17, 2017; Daily Signal, April 18, 2017; News Max, April 18, 2017

“I expect murders to fall,” Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott told TheDCNF. “How they fall is a different question. The people who generally obeyed the ban were law-abiding citizens and not the criminals.”

He noted that drug gangs – which are frequently the shooters in D.C. homicides – obtained handguns regardless of whether the ban was in place.

Local officials approved a law in 1975 that made obtaining a handgun legally in D.C. virtually impossible, with long waits, multiple forms and intensive background checks. The legislation also strictly regulated how firearms of all kinds were stored at home.

But the Supreme Court decided that the handgun ban was unconstitutional and overturned the law in 2008. . . .

Both Webster and Lott noted that very few new guns were registered after the Heller decision.

Lott pointed to another significant determination in the Supreme Court decision.

“The big thing that Heller had was not the handgun ban being overturned,” he said. “Heller legalized people being able to use guns in self-defense.”

Knowing D.C residents might have readily accessible self-defense firearms in their homes may also have deterred violent crimes, Lott said. . . .

Savannah Now (Savannah, Georgia), April 8, 2017

I am compelled to address the recently passed legislation that authorizes campus carry explicitly because most commentators bombard editorial pages with distortion and misinformation on this profoundly-important topic. I speak not as a representative of the University System of Georgia, but rather as an employee of USG who is adversely impacted by existing law, which falsely creates “school safety zones.” . . .

All concealed-carry permit holders have been vetted at least twice — once when they purchased the handgun and later when they applied for a permit. We represent a subset of gun owners who commit crimes at lower rates than the law enforcement community (cf. the empirical research of John Lott for a more complete analysis). . . .

Al Jazeera, April 6, 2017

About eight million people in the US had concealed carry permits in 2012, according to a Congressional Research Service report. There are about 14.5m concealed carry permits in the US currently, according to John Lott, an independent pro-gun researcher. . . .

The Blaze, April 4, 2017

Economist John Lott Jr. explained the reasoning that led lawmakers and communities to support open and carry conceal weapon policies.

“It is a fact that in communities where citizens have been granted licenses to carry concealed weapons and are not restricted from keeping loaded guns in their homes, crime rates drop. Such conditions have proven to be a deterrent to crimes, such as home invasions, burglaries, muggings and car-jackings because criminals will not risk being confronted by a victim’s firearm. Tightening laws restricting the use and possession of firearms does not protect average law-abiding citizens; it only puts them at greater risk.”

TV Insider, April 13, 2017

Others, like political commentator John R. Lott, argue that commercial TV makes up for what could be lost if public television were to disappear. “With more than 900 cable networks in 2014,” Lott wrote in a March 23 New York Daily News op-ed, “it is hard to argue that there is an unmet need for broadcasting.”

“I would guess that those who make that case haven’t looked carefully at their cable bill,” Kerger says. “There are people who cannot afford cable.” . . .

CT News Junkie, April 18, 2017

Another indicator of the strength of the Second Amendment community, the annual growth in the number of persons with concealed carry permits continues to set records, with 1.73 million new concealed handgun permits issued in 2015.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, this represents an increase of 215 percent since 2007 – even with an increasing number of states moving towards permitless carry laws. . . . .

Star Gazette (Elmira, NY), March 22, 2017

Gun ownership deters criminal activity. A recent study by Dr. John Lott Jr. shows that enactment of concealed handgun laws correlates with a decrease in the rates of murder, rape and robbery. This phenomenon is credited to criminals being uncertain of which victims can protect themselves and citizens have a better opportunity to defend themselves. . . .

Harrison Daily (Harrison, Arkansas), March 31, 2017

I read a article from 2015 stating that there were, at the time, 12.8 million Americans with a concealed carry permit.

A website called the Crime Prevention Research Center did a study and concluded that 0.006 percent of concealed carry permit holders were in volved in a gun related crime.

It was also pointed out that the majority of those “gun related crimes” were not violent, but were minor offenses like carrying a gun into a gun free zone.

According to the evidence, people who legally carry a weapon don’t use it often for committing crimes.

And now we’re led to believe that those same people are going to lose their minds, shoot someone and ruin their lives?

It just doesn’t add up. . . .

NRA-ILA, APRIL 14, 2017

Concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding citizens in the country.

Yes, it’s true. A 2014 study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) showed that roughly 11 million Americans have concealed carry permits, up from an estimated 8 million in 2011. Today, the number is closer to 15 million. The CPRC also examined permit holders in Florida and Texas. Between 2008 and 2014, Florida had an average of 875,000 active permit holders. Its permit revocation rate during those years (i.e., the rate of concealed carriers who had their permits revoked due to firearm-related offenses) was a staggering…wait for it…0.00007%. . . .

NRA-ILA, APRIL 14, 2017

Another indicator of a strong Second Amendment community, the annual growth in the number of persons with concealed carry permits continues to set records, with 1.73 million new concealed handgun permits issued in 2015. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, this represents a change of 215 percent since 2007 – even with an increasing number of states moving towards permitless carry laws. . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, April 10, 2017

The Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott covered this in his most recent book, The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies. Lott wrote, “From 2005 through October 1, 2014, blacks made up 16.7 percent of Florida’s population and 34 percent of the defendants who invoked Stand Your Ground.” Moreover, “Black defendants who invoke [Stand Your Ground] are actually acquitted four percentage points more frequently than whites who use this very same defense.” . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, April 10, 2017

Van Cleave went on to explain that the first few days of a protective order are very critical for women fearing assault.

“Protective orders really enrage the aggressor, and the vetoed bill would have allowed the victim to be fully armed, yet in a discreet manner, even during those initial 48 hours,” he said. “Sadly, the governor’s veto will likely cost innocent lives.”

In fact, Van Cleave is correct. Author and criminologist John Lott, in a column for the Washington Times, reiterated what we all have known for a long time about the ineffectiveness of protection provided by a simple piece of paper. And he pointed out what is obvious to all but apparently those on the anti-gun side of the Second Amendment debate.

“… there is a simple biological fact that gun control advocates like Mr. McAulife ignore,” Lott wrote in the op-ed. “Men are typically much stronger physically than women, particularly when it comes to upper body strength. Unfortunately, real life isn’t like the movies where one single woman is able to knock out and overpower several well-trained men.

“Men also tend to be faster runners. Even without a gun, men can do a lot of harm to or even kill a woman.”  . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, April 3, 2017

If anything, as John Lott determined, more guns equal less crime. Also, every time someone does pull a trigger—whether hunting, sport shooting or otherwise—he or she is basically ringing a cash register for conservation, as ammunition is taxed and, by law (particularly, one known as the Pittman-Robertson Act), the monies raised must be spent on conservation-related projects. . . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, April 1, 2017

“My guess is that the gun control debate would be dramatically different if, even once in a while, the media would mention that yet another attack had occurred in a gun-free zone.” — Author and criminologist John Lott in a Q&A debunking a Vox.com story claiming more gun ownership leads to more violent crime.

America’s 1st Freedom, April 1, 2017

John Lott Q&A: Debunking Vox.com Gun Lies – Criminology researcher John Lott debunks an anti-gun web article claiming higher gun ownership results in increased violent crime. A headline at Vox.com last week read: “The Cincinnati nightclub shooting shows how more guns lead to more gun violence.”

Guns.com, March 30, 2017

The Senate on Monday approved SB 16 which would drop permit fees from $140 to $40 on first-time applications and renewals from $70 to $40 in a 26-6 vote. A legislative priority for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas has some of the highest handgun license costs in the country says bill author, Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville. . . .

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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