Crime Prevention Research Center in the News: USA Today, Rolling Stone, CNN, Sky News, and others

19 May , 2018  

USA Today, May 4, 2018

Fox News columnist John Lott said the “news media love to criticize hypocrisy — at least by conservatives — even when it doesn’t exist.

“Protecting the president and vice president of the United States from assassination is not the same as protecting a group of people from a mass public shooting or protecting you or me from being robbed on a dark street,” Lott said. Ordinary people don’t have Secret Service protection and concealed weapons are more useful against mass shooters than assassins, Lott explained.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 7, 2018

Georgia is among the states that permit teachers to carry guns in school, if a local school board permits it. Until last month, none did but the Laurens County school board has approved a plan for certain personnel to be trained and bring guns into schools.

Here is a list of the varying school gun regulations by state. It was compiled by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety. It does not accept donations from gun or ammunition makers or organizations such as the NRA or any other organizations involved in the gun control debate on either side of the issue.

Here is its list:

Alabama (which bans possessing a weapon on school grounds only if the carrier has “intent to do bodily harm”)

Arkansas (with approval of the superintendent) — February 26, 2018. Teachers in 20 schools allowed to carry concealed handgun. . . .

Rolling Stone magazine, May 8, 2018 — Note: The Australian case referenced didn’t involve a ban on guns.

Dr. John Lott, an economist who works for theCrime Prevention Research Center, had a yellow rubber duck laid out on his table at the exhibition hall, to illustrate his point that if you take away people’s guns, they’ll be sitting ducks for criminals.

“Every single place in the world that’s tried to ban all guns has seen an increase in murder rates,” he said. (According to Factcheck.org, that doesn’t seem to be the case: Homicides in Australia, which instituted strict gun control after a 1996 mass shooting, have declined over the past 25 years.)

The celebrity activist Alyssa Milano was among those who appeared as part of a counter-programming effort in Dallas over the weekend.

“I want to be clear. I don’t want to take your guns away,” Milano told me. . . .

CNN, May 4, 2018

This is a very questionable stat. It comes from the Crime Prevention Research Center, which is run by John Lott, a very controversial figure in the field of gun violence.

[A response to the first attack concerning the “very questionable stat” is available here.  A response to the last attack on Lott being “very controversial” is available here.

Sky News, May 8, 2018

So should we credit Mr Trump that his message is more nuanced? The President is a strong endorser of the More Guns, Less Crime mantra put out by economist John Lott. . . . .

Detroit News, May 11, 2018

According to a 2015 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, which researches firearm issues, gun ownership by women skyrocketed 270 percent from 2007-2014; male gun ownership increased 156 percent during that period, the study said. . . .

Breitbart, May 10, 2018

The Washington Post fact-checked President Trump’s claim that “98 percent of all mass public shootings” occur in gun-free zones and gave him two Pinocchios on Thursday.

This means the WaPo believes “some factual error may be involved but not necessarily.”

The outlet reported that Trump based his claims on a study by John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center and attempted to poke holes in the study by suggesting some of the gun-free zones Lott referenced were not actually gun-free.

For example, the article claimed the White House cannot be considered a gun-free zone because Secret Service agents are armed on the roof. The WaPo’s claim overlooks the fact that citizens cannot enter the White House with a backpack or a knife, much less a gun, and they have to be scanned numerous times before being allowed in the portion of the White House that is open to the public. . . .

WBTV Channel 3, Charlotte, North Carolina, May 9, 2018

African-Americans are the fastest growing group of gun owners in the state of North Carolina.

A  2017 Crime Prevention Research Center report states that from 2012 to 2016 black gun ownership grew 30 percent faster than whites in North Carolina.

The latest Pew Research study shows 24 percent of African-Americans in this country have guns in their homes.

Several local gun owners said the numbers are in line with their belief in the second amendment. “It is important that we actually arm ourselves,” gun owner Carolyn Cuthbertson said.

Cuthbertson said when her husband died two years ago, she took the gun he gave her and learned how to shoot. But it took a while to come around to the idea.

“I would go to the gun ranges….the noise would scare me so bad but I told myself you’ve got to get passed this – your protector is gone, you’re a protector now,” said Cuthbertson.

She said she got used to the noise and now shoots regularly. Although sometimes, as a black gun owner, she says her right to bear arms is often treated like a privilege.

“As African-Americans if we have conceal carry, you’re treated differently, you are handled differently,” she said.

When Cuthbertson went through conceal carry classes, she said her training didn’t address that issue. That’s when she started looking for a group of gun owners who could relate to that specific challenge. . . .

Heartland Institute, May 18, 2018

John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, says the Heartland report is correct to note banning firearms does not prevent criminals from committing violence.

“Gun-free zones are worse than not working; they serve as a magnet for attacks,” Lott said. “Criminals, generally—and mass public shooters, specifically—try to pick targets where people are defenseless. Ninety -seven percent of the mass public shootings from 1950 to today have taken place in gun-free zones.” . . .

The Spectrum, May 7, 2018

A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, using data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions, found illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population. These findings challenge the general narrative that immigrants commit fewer crimes, with past studies usually not making distinctions between legal and illegal populations. . . . .


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