13 Jul , 2017

Problems with discretion: Few Concealed Handgun Permits Given to Hispanics, Blacks, or Women in Los Angeles County

In 2013, LA Weekly obtained a list of the 341 concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles County, California.  That is only about 0.0045% of the 7.7 million adults living in the county in 2013.  As of January this year, there were only 226 permits, about 0.0029% of the adult population.  …

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12 Jul , 2017

Responding to John Donohue’s responses to our evaluation of his new study

John Donohue responded to our comments on our website and in an op-ed at Fox News.  Below we go through and respond to the points that he raised.  Amusingly, the author of the original piece in Michael Bloomberg’s “The Trace” emailed Donohue as soon as my comments came out.  While The Trace pretends to be a regular news outlet, Mr.…

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11 Jul , 2017

On Coast to Coast AM: On teachers getting training to carry guns at school

Dr. John Lott talked to George Noory about teachers at K-12 schools getting training to carry concealed handguns.

(Thursday, June 28, 2017, 1:05 to 1:08 AM)

Coast to Coast AM is heard by over 2.75 million people.

11 Jul , 2017

On the Lars Larson Show: Discussing flawed research on concealed carry

Dr. John Lott talked to Lars Larson about John Donohue’s newest claim that right-to-carry permit holders are committing violent crime.

(Monday, July 10, 2017, from 6:50 to 7:00 PM)

Lars Larson’s show is listened to by over 1.25 million people.

11 Jul , 2017

Nine defensive gun uses by people legally carrying guns in public over 20 days

COLUMBIA, Mo., ABC Channel 17, July 9, 2017

Columbia police said they are investigating an attempted armed robbery on Claudell Lane, which the victim says he prevented by pulling his own gun and shooting at the robber.

Police said they received calls of gunshots being heard around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 27-year-old male victim who had been approached by a black man at 1014 Claudell Lane.

10 Jul , 2017

At Fox News: Stanford law prof gets it wrong on guns: right-to-carry reduces crime, not the other way around

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at Fox News on a study that has been getting a fair amount of attention over the last couple of weeks.

Would you rely almost exclusively on trends in Hawaii to predict violent crime rates in Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Utah?  Would you look at Illinois to predict changes in Louisiana and South Carolina?  

9 Jul , 2017

The flawed and misleading Donohue, Aneja, & Weber Study claiming right-to-carry laws increase violent crime

An unpublished study by John Donohue, Abhay Aneja, and Kyle Weber has received a lot of attention for supposedly finding some evidence that right-to-carry laws increase overall violent crime rates.  It has been covered in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Vice, Snopes, and many newspapers such as Newsday and the Salt Lake City Tribune.  …

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7 Jul , 2017

Cases where people facing death threats have been denied getting concealed handgun permits

Martin Luther King Jr is probably one of the more famous cases where someone who received numerous death threats was denied getting a permitted concealed handgun for protection.  Below is a list of similar cases where people who have their lives threatened have been prevented by government officials to defend themselves with a gun.…

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3 Jul , 2017

Disabled woman in wheelchair scares off two men armed with a knife

From Fox Channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio:

. . . “It was last Monday morning around 10:30,” Melinda Vandal told Fox 8. “I looked at the door and there was a man, right there, right outside looking like he was going for my door.” She said she saw another man cutting the screen on a window of her garage.