31 Aug , 2018

At the Daily Caller: Trump Administration considering grants to schools for teachers carrying guns

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Daily Caller on the false news claims put out by groups such as the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The piece starts this way:

Word leaked Thursday via The New York Times that Education Secretary Betsey Devos was considering a Texas request to use federal education grants to arm teachers and staff.

31 Aug , 2018

On the Gary Nolan Show to discuss our new report on mass public shootings around the world

Dr. John Lott talked to Gary Nolan on his show that covers much of Missouri (KWOS and KSSZ) about our new report on mass public shootings around the world.

(Friday, August 31, 2018, 10:35 to 10: 51 AM)

30 Aug , 2018

At the New York Post: America doesn’t actually lead the world in mass shootings

Drs. John Lott and Michael Weisser have an op-ed in Friday’s New York Post.

The claim that the US has by far the most mass public shootings in the world drives much of the gun-control debate. Many argue that America’s high rate of gun possession explains the high rate of mass shootings.

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30 Aug , 2018

The Washington Examiner on “US accounts for just 1% of mass shootings, not media-hyped 31%”

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner has a brief write up on our new research on mass public shootings around the world.

An authoritative fact check of a media-hyped report that 31 percent of the world’s mass shootings have occurred in the United States has found that just 1.43 of the killings happened in America.

30 Aug , 2018

On Minnesota’s KNSI radio to talk about how gun control advocates use fees to prevent the poor from owning guns

Dr. John Lott talked to Todd Simpson about how gun control advocates use fees to prevent poor people from having guns for protection. They also talked about the recent CPRC report on concealed handgun permits.

(Wednesday, August 29, 2018, from 4:15 to 4:30 PPM)

29 Aug , 2018

New CPRC Research: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

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Executive Summary

A paper on mass public shootings by Adam Lankford (2016) has received massive national and international media attention, getting coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, plus hundreds of other news outlets spanning at least 35 different countries.

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29 Aug , 2018

At the Washington Times: Shock study claiming U.S. accounts for nearly one-third of mass shootings ‘botched,’ researcher says

The Washington Times has a news story on our new research on mass public shootings around the world. Interestingly, Adam Lankford was unable/unwilling to give any responses to our research:

“I am not interested in giving any serious thought to John Lott or his claims,” he said in response to an email seeking comment.

28 Aug , 2018

Media Bias on Guns: CBS’ Elementary claiming that gun buybacks always reduce gun deaths

“Sherlock Holmes” on CBS Elementary explains that gun buyback programs “reduce the number of firearm fatalities everywhere they have been attempted.” In fact, the opposite is true.

Here is a quote from the National Academies of Sciences report “Firearms and Violence” (pp. 95-6, emphasis added): “The theory on which gun buy-back programs is based is flawed in three respects.…


28 Aug , 2018

At Townhall.com: Police Officers Are Not Disproportionately Killing Black Men—Here Are the Facts

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com on some of the claims in the Texas Senate race.

Democrats have a new hero in Beto O’Rourke, who is campaigning against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Hatred for Cruz is enough to get Democrats excited by the prospect of unseating him, but O’Rourke has also won them over on Wednesday by campaigning against police brutality toward blacks.

28 Aug , 2018

This week the CPRC had the third most downloaded academic paper at the Social Science Research Network

This week the CPRC has the third most downloaded academic paper at the Social Science Research Network. Our research on concealed handgun permits.