LaGrange Daily News (LaGrange, Kentucky), July 5, 2017; Newnan Times-Herald (Georgia), July 5, 2017
Daily Caller, July 6, 2017
KELO (AM-FM radio, Sioux Falls, SD), July 25, 2017
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center study, “the vast majority of … [cases involving concealed permit holders] are unlikely to involve firearms.”
The percentages of misdemeanors and felonies committed by police officers is often higher than that of concealed permit holders. . . .
Carroll County Times, July 26, 2017
Currently, at least 23 states now allow people to carry guns in their capitols with varying regulations, according to the pro-gun group Crime Prevention Research Center. While some states (e.g., Florida, New Hampshire and Oregon) allow only concealed permit holders to carry their guns into their state capitols, other states (e.g., Kansas, New Mexico and Utah) allow anyone qualified to purchase a gun to do the same. Some states (e.g., Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri) have gone so far as to remove all metal detectors from their capitols. . . . .
Ammoland, July 14, 2o17
Research from the Crime Prevention Research Center indicates that the higher the costs to obtain a concealed carry permit, (or in a few states, license to carry) the lower the percentage of people who obtain the permit or license. From crimeresearch.org:
Each $10 increase in fees reduces the percent of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point.
The fee reduction for a Concealed Carry Permit in Florida is $5. According to the research cited above, that should result in a .25 percent increase in the percentage of adults with Concealed Carry Permits in Florida. The population estimate for adults in Florida in 18.8 million. About 73 percent are 18 or older. That is 13.7 million adults. In Florida the increase expected from the drop in price would be about 34,000 adults. . . .
Ammoland, July 14, 2o17
Indeed, economist and author John Lott observes that significant numbers of women own guns and even voted for Donald Trump. But that, of course, can be no more tolerated than a black Republican, and anyone daring to defect from groupthink needs to be vilified. So it would more accurately be described as the Manipulated Leftist Women’s March. Left unstated is who is doing the manipulation and why.
Patriot Post, July 13, 2017
Breitbart, July 25, 2017
After Okafor’s opinion piece ran, The Blaze reported that a number of NYT readers were upset. For example, one reader commented, “Yet another argument for guns that relies on emotions, not facts. You are not, statistically, safer with a gun … Guns pose an embarrassing public safety risk, exacerbated by concealed carry. Your argument lacks rigor. The Texas law in question is a travesty, and should be overturned as soon as possible.” This particular NYT reader missed the Crime Prevention Research Center study showing concealed carry expanded 190% between 2007 and 2015, only to see violent crime fall by 18%.
Breitbart, July 10, 2017
Stop and consider the gist of what Donahue and his researchers are suggesting—that states which adopted a RTC posture for concealed carry applicants with no criminal record are seeing more crime because those without criminal records can carry. Does this make sense? And it should be noted that RTC—or “shall issue”—does not include issuing to criminals. Rather, such a posture obligates the states to issue when there is no criminal record.
Yet Donahue and his researchers suggests RTC elevates violent crime.
How can they even begin to defend such a claim? According to Fox News columnist John Lott, they defend it by cherry picking which states they will contrast with other states and by ignoring the differences between states which are permeated with crime versus states where the violent crime is largely isolated to one city, like Chicago, Illinois.
No other study by an economist, criminologist, or law professor has claimed that US violent crime rose after right-to-carry laws were adopted. …This new study picks out just two to four states, and in many cases effectively just use Hawaii to compare with right-to-carry states. In the cases of Idaho and Minnesota, over 96 percent of the comparison is just with Hawaii. For Mississippi, Nebraska, and Utah, Hawaii counts for between 72 percent and 83 percent of the comparison.
He added, “The authors also rely on statistical tricks to come up with the claim that violent crime has gone up. These are issues that have long been pointed out, but that the authors choose to ignore.”
Breitbart, July 9, 2017
Swindle then pointed to campus carry opponents’ favorite go-to argument—that “Gun free zones (GFZ) are safe because no one can possess guns in those areas.” He drew from his experience in law, his knowledge of criminal cases and repeated exposure to how and why criminals attack, to say:
In 13 years of criminal defense practice, I have not had to read books, debate ideas, or test classroom theories to confirm that human predators, like our fellow mammals in the animal kingdom, prey on the weak and defenseless. Like the cheetah that picks out the weakest, youngest, or sickest wildebeest, a rapist, child abuser, armed robber, or gunman will choose the weakest victim(s). A gunman knows that people in GFZ’s cannot defend themselves. The gunman has no risk of being shot himself when he opens fire in schools, some campuses, and other GFZ’s. A 2014 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center showed that 92 percent of mass shootings in public places between 2009 and 2014 were in GFZ’s.
Swindle also noted that no matter how nicely he presents his arguments, those fighting for gun control are often quick to frame their case in emotion and enter into name-calling. . . .
Breitbart, June 29, 2017
These findings dovetail perfectly with the fact that women acquired concealed carry permits at a higher rate than men during Obama’s second term in office. In fact, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) found “the number of women with permits… increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits” between 2012 and 2016. . . .
NRA-ILA, July 12, 2017
Campus carry is hardly a new or isolated phenomenon, and there is no evidence (or intuitive force) to support the idea that differences of academic opinions will lead otherwise law-abiding carriers to suddenly become violent toward classmates or instructors. Indeed, as economist and former university instructor John Lott recently reiterated, concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding of Americans. It’s ironic that a group of professors supposedly taking a stand for academic freedom did so with such a paucity of empirical or evidentiary support and on such highly emotional grounds. . . .
The Patriot Post, July 26, 2017
John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center noted that just 124 DC residents currently have concealed carry permits. He said, “If DC were like the 42 right-to-carry states, they would have about 48,000 permits. Right now DC prevents the most vulnerable people, particularly poor blacks who live in high crime areas of DC, from having any hope of getting a permit for protection.” . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, July 12, 2017
Writing at Foxnews.com, Lott said lead author John Donohue’s claims go against existing national research. “This new study picks out just two to four states, and in many cases effectively just uses Hawaii to compare with right-to-carry states,” said Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Institute. “In the cases of Idaho and Minnesota, over 96 percent of the comparison is just with Hawaii. For Mississippi, Nebraska, and Utah, Hawaii counts for between 72 percent and 83 percent of the comparison.”
Lott said the “study” also contains numerous other faults. “The study claims that police simply ‘underestimate criminality by permit holders,’” Lott said. “But Donohue’s only evidence is two news stories from 2000 and 2007 where permit holders committed crimes. For these results to be plausible, Michigan police departments would have to be missing 99.4 percent of cases where permit holders have committed violent crimes.” . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, July 20, 2017
The record low was recognized only after John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center discovered a 100-death exaggeration by the CDC in Tennessee. A supposed coding error reported the number of accidental deaths to be 105, not the actual number of five statewide. A reasonable person might wonder how the Centers could have missed such an obvious anomaly in the year-over-year reporting (there were 19 in 2013). There is no doubt that many who work there have an agenda that is not particularly supportive of keeping the Second Amendment alive and well.
The usual anti-gun noisemakers went wild when the first number was announced. Barely able to conceal their glee, they exclaimed that those in the Volunteer State needed to give up their guns to be safe. When Lott forced the CDC to begrudgingly own up to the misreported number, these dishonorable nuts did nothing to correct the wildly misleading public record they had helped create. (A note added to the CDC’s website just last month appears to lower the actual record number in 2014 from 486 to 461.) . . .
America’s 1st Freedom, July 12, 2017
Women’s March organizers are leading a protest today against the alleged “intimidating rhetoric of hatred” and to “strive for the respect of the civil and human rights of all people.” The location: the headquarters of America’s longest-standing civil rights organization.
Dana Loesch certainly sees the irony in that. She refers to it as the “Some Women’s March,” as the group clearly doesn’t represent her. So who do they represent? And do they represent a woman’s view on guns? Noted criminal researcher John R. Lott penned an article for Fox News that provides some clarity.
He references a new PEW survey indicating that 40 percent of women live in a home with a gun—and almost a quarter of those women own a gun personally. Of the women who don’t live in a home with a gun, 45 percent say they can see themselves owning a gun. . . .
Lott analyzes gun permit records every year, with his latest report due this month. He told Fox News in May he expects significant increases in state-level permit records based on data he’d collected so far.
“You’re seeing states making it easier for people to go and get permits,” he said. . . .
In a statement from Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam’s office, he said he worked with state lawmakers to bring about the $5 reduction on application fees. Initial license fees will drop from $60 to $55 and renewals from $50 to $45. Active law enforcement, correctional and probation officers can get a new license for $55 and renew one for $45. A $42 fingerprinting fee and up to a $22 convenience fee for tax collectors who process licenses will remain intact. . . .
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 Florida rates about in the middle. The report also found that each $10 increase in fees reduces the number of adults with permits by about a half a percentage point. . . .