CPRC in the News: Townhall.com, America’s 1st Freedom, Outdoor Life, PJ Media, and many others

12 May , 2017  

Townhall, April 27, 2017

As gun scholar John R. Lott Jr. notes, “Letting teachers and staff carry concealed handguns is nothing new in the United States. And there has been good reason for allowing it — police virtually always arrive after an attack has occurred.

“Police are very important to fighting crime,” Lott stresses, “but stopping mass shootings is a uniquely difficult challenge. For police and security guards, wearing a uniform is often akin to wearing a neon sign saying ‘Shoot me first.’”

Lott’s research shows that 24 states now allow teachers and staff to carry on school property. At least 40 school districts in neighboring Ohio allow teachers to carry guns, he says.

“Gun-free zones are magnets for murders,” Lott reminds. “Even the most ardent gun-control advocate would never put “Gun-Free Zone” signs on their home. Let’s stop putting them elsewhere.” . . .

Outdoor Live, April 20, 2017

Blavity (website for black women), May 12, 2017

Despite the many factors attributed to the uptick, the data show that it is real. Research conducted by John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center found that “concealed carry has increased most rapidly among black females. From 2000 to 2015, the rate of growth was 3.81 times faster than among white females.” . . .

PJ Media, April 30, 2017

1. Mass shootings are on the rise! If we could just get rid of all the guns, people wouldn’t be so violent!

This argument bears all the hallmarks of a False Premise of The Left. Take a crisis, blow it out of proportion, and demand emergency action. Voila! Rights revoked, and everybody feels better! This is the classic argument of the advocates of gun control. This argument presupposes that humans aren’t naturally predisposed toward violence to assert their dominance in a dispute.

In order to defeat this argument, one must know the freely available stats on the rates of violent crime. Every outlet you can find, left-leaning, right-leaning, government stats, whatever is out there — they all show a dramatic drop in violent crime since its peak in the early ’90s. This article from National Review gives a good overview. The upshot is that as funding for police increases, violent crime decreases. About those mass shootings? According to John Lott, France had more casualties from mass shootings in 2015 than the U.S. had in all eight years of the Obama administration. This is not a uniquely American problem, and the frequency of attacks is a mere 0.078 per million people. Statistically, the chance of dying in a mass shooting event is roughly equivalent to dying in a severe weather event. Is it awful? Of course. Should we do more? Absolutely. Should we trample the rights of law-abiding gun owners? What do you think?

Democrat Gazette (Northwest Arkansas), May 9, 2017

Concentrated murders

I see the Crime Prevention Research Center issued findings that show only 2 percent of U.S. counties account for 51 percent of the murders.

As reported by Gun Owners of America, the study also said the worst five percent of the counties for murders account for 47 percent of the national population and 68 percent of murders.

It was reported that 73 percent of America’s counties had zero murders during any given year between 1977 and 2000.

If this study is valid, these results tell me the nation’s “murder problem” is in fact (rather than fake) a concentrated local matter. . . .

The Republican Journal (Belfast, Maine), May 3, 2017

A bill that would require public colleges to allow concealed weapons on campus was heard by the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on Monday, and faced fierce opposition. . . .

The bill sponsor, Rep. Richard Cebra, R-Naples, in written testimony read in his absence, argued that gun-free zones are “magnets” for mass shootings, because would-be perpetrators have no deterrent against attacking people whom they see as, by default, helpless victims. He offered statistics from a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center based on FBI data, that from the 1950s to 2016, 98.4 percent of mass shootings occurred in gun-free zones. . . .

The National Interest, April 19, 2017; Patriot Post, April 19, 2017

The post-Heller decrease was observed despite a 2013 incident in which one mankilled 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard. Attacker Aaron Alexis launched his attack with a shotgun.

“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. . . .

The ban, which was in place for more than 30 years, “most certainly reduced the number of guns available to criminals through theft,” Webster said. “Those conditions are relevant for public safety beyond the day that the Supreme Court strikes down the ban.”

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. . . .

The Washington Free Beacon, April 24, 2017 (Featuring a link to our research)

The new programs, collectively called NRA Carry Guard, will feature advanced training aimed at the more than 14 million Americanswho are legally permitted to carry concealed firearms across the country. In addition to the new training program, the NRA will launch a concealed-carry insurance program aimed at the same group of people. . . .

WABE (NPR Atlanta), May 5, 2017

The idea that more firearms are an effective solution to attempted violent crimes is one popularized by pro-gun researcher John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime. His methodology has drawn sharp criticism from public health and injury researchers . . . .

WABE (NPR Atlanta), May 5, 2017

Still, claims of crime reduction are a popular argument for gun rights advocates. They point to the research of gun rights advocate John Lott, although his methodology has been criticized.

Guns.com, May 6, 2017

There have only been a few reported incidents involving guns on Texas college campuses since the law went into effect in August — only five such occurrences by permit holders on universities nationwide over the decades, according to controversial gun rights economist John Lott. One of those occurred shortly after that time when a Texas Tarleton State University student accidentally discharged his gun in a college residence hall. . . . .

Guns.com, May 3, 2017

A 2016 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. . . .

America’s 1st Freedom, April 22, 2017

“Looking only at cases where someone dies misses out on all the defensive gun uses that don’t result in deaths and still protect people.” — John Lott in an A1F Daily Q&A addressing media claims that domestic violence victims shouldn’t have access to guns. 

NRA-ILA, April 28, 2017

This week, a new report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) revealed just how concentrated murders are in the U.S. Citing county level data from 2014, researchers determined that a small fraction of all counties are responsible for a majority of the murders in the U.S.

According to the report, just 2 percent of all of the counties in the country account for 51 percent of the nation’s murders. The top 5 percent of counties account for 68 percent of all murders. Further, 69 percent of all counties experienced one murder or less in 2014.

It is correct to expect that counties with large population centers are going to necessarily account for more murders. However, as the report details, the most dangerous counties account for an outsized proportion of murders given their population. The report noted, “The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders.”

CPRC also pointed out that murders are often highly concentrated within a given county. Citing Los Angeles County, which experienced 526 murder in 2014, CPRC showed that there were wide swaths of the county with virtually no murders. . . .


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