CPRC in the News: The Federalist, National Review, Breitbart, NewsBusters, and many others

2 Jul , 2018  

Breitbart.com, June 25, 2018 and related stories at The Western Journal, June 26, 2018; Inquisitr, June 26, 2018; Russia Television, June 26, 2018; Think Progress, June 25, 2018; and The Blaze, June 26 2018

Now voices as disparate as actor James Woods, law professor John Banzhaf, and Crime Prevention Research Center’s John Lott are advising individuals in the left’s crosshairs to get guns and/or concealed carry permits. . . .

Lott observed, “There are simply not enough police in D.C. or Virginia or Maryland to protect all Trump officials at their homes and when they go out to restaurants. Getting a concealed handgun permit would be helpful to protect themselves and their family.” . . .

Sunshine State News (Florida), June 1, 2018

There it was again Thursday morning on National Public Radio — the same old line we’ve heard repeated by CNN, CNBC, CBS, NBC, the BBC — especially since Feb. 14: America has more gun violence than anywhere else in the world.

Only, it doesn’t. . . .

Not only does the U.S. fail to lead the world in mass shootings, it doesn’t even make the top 10 when measured by death rate per million population from mass public shootings.

It’s all documented in a study of global mass-shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 by the Crime Prevention Research Center, headed by economist John Lott.

If the U.S. doesn’t top the list, who does? The answer is Norway, a socialist nation. Its mass shooting death rate is a whopping 1.888 per million — a number likely to fall in years to come. The 2011 rifle assault by political extremist Anders Brevik that claimed 77 lives makes the Scandinavian country something of an outlier in the murder-by-gun department.

Coming in at No. 2 is Serbia, at 0.381, followed by France at 0.347, Macedonia at 0.337, and Albania at 0.206. Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, and the Czech Republic all follow. Then comes the U.S. at No. 11, with a death rate from mass shootings of 0.089. See a screen shot of Lott’s chart displayed on this page. . . .

The Federalist, May 22, 2018

The [College Art Association] ruled facts out of court. It stacked the deck against the president’s tentative proposal by posting references guaranteed to stir hostility in the faculty lounge. Any discussion of gun possession by trained, willing teachers needs to take into account the exhaustive work of John Lott. His “More Guns, Less Crime” has brought thoughtful, scholarly analysis to a hot-button issue. But the CAA had its mind made up before polling members.

Prior to the 1995 Safe School Zone Act, states with right-to-carry laws let teachers carry concealed handguns at school. Lott was unable to find a single instance when faculty improperly used a permitted handgun at school. Neither could the National Education Association nor the American Federation of Teachers point to any real-life episodes of the what-if kind current [College Art Association] members fear. . . .

National Review, Online published June 7, 2018

But when Trump is on, he’s on, and he’s embraced arguments about gun rights and the virtues of an armed populace that many other Republican lawmakers are hesitant to endorse.

“In terms of rhetoric, there’s nobody who’s been better than Trump on this stuff,” says John Lott, a gun-policy researcher and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Coming out and talking about arming teachers — could you imagine [George W.] Bush doing something like that? Trump is at least talking about something that would matter, that’s related to these attacks, like the danger of gun-free zones.” It’s easy to forget that George W. Bush expressed support for extending the assault-weapons ban in 2003 before it expired the following year — and never addressed an NRA convention. . . .

With the outlook for continued GOP control of the House cloudy, a narrow window of opportunity for pro-gun legislation may be closing. And if the midterms live up to the “blue wave” hype, the NRA may spend much of the next cycle on defense. In 2017, Republicans were shellacked in Virginia’s state legislative races, and Lott calculates that if they “had lost one seat more, [Democrats] would have gotten a lot of different types of gun-control legislation through.”

He thinks he and his allies could be extremely busy starting next January. “Wherever Democrats win in 2018, the first bills out of the gate will be gun-control bills.”

Voice of Orange County, May 21, 2018

According to the DC-based Crime Prevention Research Center, the U.S. actually ranks 11th in the number of per-million people killed by mass shootings, putting us just behind the Czech Republic and just ahead of Austria. From 2009-15, we had .09 dead per million population. Number One on the list is Norway with 1.9 killed per-million. With just 4 million people, the 2011 summer camp shooting killing 77 Norwegian kids puts that normally peaceful Nordic country on top. . . .

Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts), May 26, 2018

Gun free zones must go. It makes no sense to enact further gun control, which limits the rights of law-abiding citizens, when criminals consistently find ways around these laws. The Crime Prevention Research Center concluded in a May 2018 report that 97.3 percent of mass shootings since 1950 occurred in gun-free zones. More gun control laws will not prevent future attacks. . . .

Newsbusters, May 22, 2018

Daly’s column opened with an inane premise (h/t to an emailer, who noted that one “can’t make this up”):

The Brits have royal weddings.

We have school shootings.

Both have their particular rituals.

The Brits were to repeat theirs with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday. Markle is American, which marks her as rare as would be a British school shooter, but the ceremony will be essentially no less British than when Prince William wed Kate Middleton. The latest royal bride was expected to wear a less extravagant gown than some in the past.

We repeated our ritual with the murder of 10 people by a lone gunman at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. The event was as classically American as when a lone gunman murdered 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

This is an appropriate time, contradicting Daly’s “classically American” contention, to note that:

… a study of global mass-shooting incidents from 2009 to 2015 by the Crime Prevention Research Center, headed by economist John Lott, shows the U.S. doesn’t lead the world in mass shootings. In fact, it doesn’t even make the top 10 …

Infobae (Argentina), May 27, 2018, Spanish language, rough translation here.

Anyway, there are those who consider that the phenomenon is not more serious in the United States than in other parts of the world. “Last year there was an unusual number of attacks, but in general terms, in recent decades there has been a decline in events such as school shootings,” said John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center,

“In a much larger study that we are finishing,” he added, “we find that the US proportion of deaths in mass murders globally is well below the weight of its population in the world.” . . .

Ellwood City (Pennsylvania), June 1, 2018

The number of permit holders nationwide in 2016 grew by a record 1.83 million, topping the previous record increase of 1.73 million set in 2015, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, a nonprofit organization that, among other initiatives, conducts academic research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.

Approximately 1.3 million Pennsylvanians held concealed carry permits as of March 2017, a number second only to Florida’s 1.8 million, according the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . . .

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