CPRC in the News: Breitbart, Washington Post, Daily Signal, Powerline, World Net Daily, and many others

Aug 12, 2018 | Featured

Odessa American, August 11, 2018; The Spectrum (St. George, Utah), August 5, 2018; Sun Journal (New Bern, North Carolina), August 4, 2018; The Dispatch (Columbus and Starkville, Mississippi), August 2, 2018; Salem News (Salem, Ohio), August 11, 2018; Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah), August 3, 2018

Economist John Lott wrote in 2014, “Black male teenagers were nine times more likely to commit murders than similarly aged white males.” And almost always the murderer of a young black male is another young black male. . . .

Washington Post, August 3, 2018

Dunlap said there were many strange moments when he served on the panel, such as the time John R. Lott Jr., a controversial economist described as a “favorite” of the National Rifle Association, testified about introducing a background check for voters modeled off the federal instant check process for acquiring a gun.

“It was surreal,” Dunlap said. “I was like, why is this guy even here?” . . .

Shippensburg News (Shippensburg, Pennsylvania), August 7, 2018

nearly 97 percent of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center . . . .

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) , August 8, 2018

Media’s hyperbolic animosity is irresponsibly stoking division among Americans and encouraging violence. It’s gotten so ugly that the influential Crime Prevention Research Center urged administration officials to acquire concealed carry permits to protect themselves and their families in public. . . .

The Daily Signal, August 6, 2017

A 2016 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a nonprofit devoted to conducting research on gun ownership, showed that concealed-carry permit holders are among the Americans least likely to commit a crime. . . . .

Breitbart, August 1, 2018

Writing at Fox News, gun scholar John Lott presents arguments which dovetail perfectly with Feldman’s. Lott pointed to a 2001 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decision which said, “Communication does not lose constitutional protection as ‘speech’ simply because it is expressed in the language of computer code.”

In light of the Second Circuit decision and other pertinent information, Lott wrote, “Gun control advocates don’t just have a problem with the Second Amendment – they also have real problems with the First Amendment.” . . .

KBUL, 970 AM, Billings, Montana, August 1, 2018

Furthermore, this whole debate really seems to have more to do with the 1st Amendment rather than the 2nd Amendment.  2nd Amendment expert John Lott has a piece posted at FoxNews.com. Here’s an excerpt:

Gun control advocates don’t just have a problem with the Second Amendment – they also have real problems with the First Amendment. In an era when people can use 3D metal printers to make guns, does the First Amendment protect a book detailing a gun-manufacturing process – but not a computer file that does the same thing?

A 2001 decision, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, said: “Communication does not lose constitutional protection as ‘speech’ simply because it is expressed in the language of computer code.”

Daily Signal, July 26, 2018

In a discussion that gun rights activist John Lott Jr. had with an ABC News producer for a 2014 documentary special about the risks of having firearms in the home, the producer cited a gun ownership statistic that Lott knew to be wrong.

The producer told him that gun ownership had been falling in the United States, but ABC News’ own survey, conducted with The Washington Post, showed that gun ownership actually had held steady.

“Your own survey doesn’t show [that gun ownership is dropping],” he said he told the producer of the program, “Young Guns: A Diane Sawyer Special.”

At first, she didn’t believe him. Only after he forwarded a link to ABC News’ own survey, as well as to others that also showed the rate of gun ownership was constant, did she believe him.

“So what do you think ABC News uses as their survey? Does it use its own survey?” Lott asked his audience of 15- to 18-year olds Wednesday at the High School Leadership Summit, an educational conference for young conservatives sponsored by the nonprofit free-market activist group Turning Point USA. . . .

ThyBlackMan, July 26, 2018

But did Australia’s gun buyback program reduce violent gun crime?

No, according to John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Their firearms homicide rate,” said Lott, “had been falling for a decade prior to the buyback. It continued falling at the same rate after the buyback. There was no sudden drop, just a fairly constant decline that continued even as gun ownership rose back up to previous levels. The armed robbery rate rose in the first five years after the buyback. After another ten years, the rate had fallen to pre-buyback levels.” . . .

Powerline, July 25, 2018

The CNN-generated hysteria reached a point where The Hill headlined: “Media frenzy stirs up violence against Minnesota congressman.” The column, by John Lott, recounted some of the Democrats’ smears:

CNN’s K-File wasn’t done with Lewis. On Friday, it ran another story on Lewis’ “long history of racist rhetoric about African-Americans.” They were upset about another 2012 monologue.

“What the welfare state has done to the black community, a hundred years of racism could not do. A hundred years of racism could not break it up, it could not destroy black families. Jim Crow could not do it. But what dependency has done, is it has caused unwanted pregnancy, illegitimacy.”

Lewis could have simply quoted black economists Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams. In a 2011 interview with Jason Riley of the Wall Street Journal, Williams argued: “The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn’t do, what Jim Crow couldn’t do, what the harshest racism couldn’t do. And that is to destroy the black family.”

So are Sowell and Williams racist?

I would add that Lewis could also be quoting, or anticipating, Candace Owens. Lott notes that Lewis’s family, like so many others, has been threatened by Democrats:

[T]here is a real cost to this media bias. Right after the news stories broke last week about his “slut” comments, Lewis told me his two daughters were threatened with violence. Last year, mobs surrounded Lewis’ home and frightened neighbors into calling the police. Threats were made about his townhall meetings.

The dark side of this “fake” news is that violence is being stirred up against people based on media lies.

Gettysburg Times, July 25, 2018

The recent rash of mass shootings has unfortunately been accompanied by an unprecedented assault on our constitutional safeguards by the liberal left. The Pennsylvania Constitution says it even better than our Second Amendment to the United States Constitution – “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” I also find it interesting that nearly 97 percent of mass shootings occur in gun free zones, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .

Nevada Appeal, July 20, 2018

John Lott’s book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” proves categorically the truth of the title. . . .

World Net Daily, July 11, 2018

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said at the time it would be futile to try to restrict technology, which, he said, “moves faster than the government’s ability to regulate.” . . .

The Post Millennial, July 28, 2018

Most notable, in my opinion, is that, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, over 50% of gun-related murders occur in only two percent of America’s 3,142 counties. Conversely, 54% of U.S. counties report zero or close to zero murders. . . .