CPRC in the News: New York Post, Houston Chronicle, Nevada Public Radio, Charleston Post and Courier, and others

10 Sep , 2018  

New York Post, September 4, 2018

Politicians at Sen. John McCain’s funeral bemoaned the loss of civility in politics, notes John R. Lott Jr. at Townhall, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing this week is proving that. Why? Government has grown “by leaps and bounds,” and decisions “have far-reaching consequences.” A century ago, Lott recalls, federal spending was less than 3 percent of GDP. “If the government was still that small, people likely wouldn’t care as passionately about election outcomes.” Courts, too, “are more deeply involved in our lives,” he argues, citing huge jumps in district- and circuit-court cases since the 1960s, driven by the growth of government agencies and new laws. “The best way of reversing the trend,” adds Lott, “is to give government less control over our lives.”


Houston Chronicle, August 24, 2018

His findings have been partly challenged by economist John R. Lott Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which released a working paper earlier this year suggesting that immigrants living without legal permission in Arizona from 1985 through 2017 had far higher prison admissions rates than U.S. citizens. . . .


Nevada Public Radio, September 7, 2018

He said a study by John Lott, an economist and political commentator, showed that when communities expanded gun rights they saw crime rates drop. Innis believes that if criminals know a community has allowed people to concealed carry permits they will less likely to act recklessly for fear that someone is armed. . . .

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, August 31, 2018

Speaking of guns and schools, the Crime Prevention Research Center recently took to task a widely-cited (by media) study from 2016 by Adam Lankford.

John Lott of CPRC wrote, “Lankford’s claim was that over the 47 years from 1966 to 2012, an enormous amount of the world’s mass public shooters – 31 percent – occurred in the United States. Lankford attributed this to America’s gun ownership.”

Lankford’s study was criticized because “he has neither identified the cases nor their location nor even a complete description on how he put the cases together, it is impossible to replicate his findings.” . . .


The Post and Courier, September 6, 2018

John R. Lott Jr., Ph.D., published a February 2018 paper on the Social Science Research Network titled: “Undocumented Immigrants, U.S. Citizens, and Convicted Criminals in Arizona.”

The study examines Arizona’s illegal immigrant crime statistics from 1985 to 2017 and shows that illegal immigrants are at least 142 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. Dr. Lott holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Yale, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, among other institutions. . . .


Alpha News, August 26, 2018

Recently, Peter Kirsanow, a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, appeared with Tucker Carlson to discuss the facts about illegal alien crime. Referring to a 30 year study by the scholar John Lott, he said “what he showed is that illegal aliens don’t just commit more crime or more serious crimes by say, 5 percent more or 10 percent more than awful residents, but by 250 percent more.” You have to torture the truth, live in a fantasyland or ignore common sense to come to any other conclusion. Yet that’s exactly what you get from the varied interests who either want to replace you with a dependent underclass in order to vote for them or to get cheap labor because wage stagnation benefits corporatist and globalist American businesses. . . .




The American Thinker, August 27, 2018

Researcher John Lott, of the Crime Prevention Center, has produced shocking data of how illegal alien criminals are ravaging the state of Arizona and what they might be doing nationally: . . . [Then there is a long quote from our research]




MRCTV, August 24, 2018

Peter Kirsanow, who’s also an author and lawyer, spoke with Tucker Carlson Thursday evening to counter Carlson’s guest from the previous day’s show, immigration policy analyst for the Cato Institute Alex Nowrasteh. Nowrasteh’s claim was that illegal aliens commit fewer crimes than legal citizens.

“…Illegal aliens don’t just commit more crime or more serious crimes by say, you know, five percent more or 10 percent more than lawful residents, but by 250 percent more,” Kirsanow told Carlson, citing a study done by the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and economist John Lott.

Upon review of the study, it focuses more on the state of Arizona, which is a hotbed for illegal aliens.

“If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries,” the study’s abstract concludes. . . .



MRCTV, August 27, 2018

As John Lott has pointed out, criminally-minded people change their behavior when considering the potential that a targeted locale might contain armed individuals. They avoid such locations and try to attack “soft targets” – particularly ones where firearms are banned by statute contrary to the Second Amendment, or frowned upon and penalized by self-appointed arbiters of “antisocial behavior”. . . .





GOPUSA, August 20, 2018

A study by John R. Lott Jr., a gun crimes researcher, said close to 98 percent of mass shootings happen in gun-free zones, suggesting that they do little to stop, and may even invite, rampages.

Having access to guns limited to security officers doesn’t help much, he said.

“Even if they’re not in uniform but their job is to guard — and everybody knows their job is to guard — they are a target,” Mr. Lott said. “If you’re going to have an attack, they’re going to be the first guys taken out.”

But gun control advocates say ending gun-free zones would turn schools into the Wild West, with people who lack training or permits carrying weapons into classrooms, complicating matters for already overstretched and on-edge authorities. . . .




Ammoland, August 23, 2018

A new study out from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that contrary to the perception often seen in the national media, more and more Americans are embracing their right to self-defense with the number of concealed carry permits in the U.S. jumping to over 17.25 million this past year. That’s an increase of 890,000 permits in just the last year. . . .



NRA-ILA, August 20, 2018

“We have seen an increase from 4.6 million permits in 2007 to 17.25 million now, with the number increasing every year,” the center’s founder John Lott told Fox News. “It seems very likely that we will continue seeing an increase next year. . . .



Shooting Illustrated, August 23, 2018

The Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) recently released “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2018” report found that despite a new norm in gun sales, the number of people getting a permit to carry for self-defense continues to climb. “In 2018, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 17.25 million,” it states, “a 273 percent increase since 2007.” CRPC President John R. Lott Jr. said that the numbers now show 7.14 percent of American adults have permits.

Figures from the study indicate political climate isn’t determining factor in demand, either. “Last year, despite the common perception that growth in the number of permit holders would stop after the 2016 election, the number of permits grew by about 890,000,” the report states. “Outside the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.63 percent of the adult population has a permit.”

Stereotypes are being defied, too. “Permits continued to grow much faster for women and minorities,” the study found. “Between 2012 and 2018, the percent of women with permits grew 111 percent faster for women and the percent of blacks with permit grew 20 percent faster than for whites. Permits for Asians grew 29 percent faster than for whites.” . . .


NRA-ILA, September 7, 2018

“I am not interested in giving any serious thought to John Lott or his claims.”

Those are the words of University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford in response to Fox News after economist John Lott called Lankford’s highly publicized study into question.

Lankford’s study was published in 2016 but was touted by President Obama and a fawning media anxious for any “evidence” that gun ownership is somehow evil even before it was officially published. Lankford’s anti-gun perspective is evident early on in his paper. His eighth paragraph starts, “Less positive may be the fact that, according to a comparative study of 178 countries, the United States ranks first in gun ownership…”

Despite all of the attention it received, Lankford’s study is troublesome. He claims to have found that 31% of global mass shooters attacked in the United States between 1966 and 2012. He states that the U.S. suffered 90 offenders during this period while only four other countries had more than nine offenders. Obama took this alleged finding and ran with it, claiming “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shooting in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”

The problem is that Lankford’s study is lazy and sloppy, if not deliberately limited. He used the New York Police Department’s 2012 Active Shooter report supplemented with the FBI’s 2014 Active Shooter Report and “data gathered on incidents from other countries.” Lankford used the same methodology as the NYPD to gather additional information. . . .




America’s 1st Freedom, August 23, 2018

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released their report on concealed carry permit increases Aug. 14 to the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) in a 63-page report.

According to its abstract, the study tracked the soaring increase of concealed handgun permits in 2018 to be more than 17.25 million since 2007. This translates to 7.14 percent of American adults holding permits, giving a more accurate picture of gun ownership in the U.S.

President John R. Lott, conducting the study, also notes in his research there might be a larger percentage of carriers due to the fact that 14 states do not require a permit to carry concealed.

The study also noted that the numbers of  women and African-Americans obtaining concealed-carry permits are growing at a faster rate than the comparative rates for men or whites. Between 2012 and 2018, the rate for women with permits grew by 111 percent, with the percent of African-Americans getting a concealed carry permit growing 20 percent faster than for whites. The study also notes an increase in permits for those of Asian descent grew 29 percent faster than for whites in the same five-year period. . . .



American Rifleman, August 21, 2018

When the just-released “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2018” report dissected figures from Texas and Florida, it determined, “… permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth of the rate for police officers.” The trend isn’t confined to two regions, either. “[T]he data are similar in other states,” according to the Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) report.

Law Enforcement figures compiled by Police Quarterly harnessed as the statement’s baseline. The periodical’s study of incidents from 2005 to 2007 determined an average of 703 uniformed officers committed crimes per year—an estimate that admittedly may be low due to under-reporting. “With about 685,464 full-time police officers in the U.S. from 2005 to 2007, we find that there were about 103 crimes per hundred thousand officers,” CPRC President John R. Lott Jr. calculates. “For the U.S. population as a whole, the crime rate was 37 times higher—3,813 crimes per hundred thousand people,” he quickly adds to emphasize they’re already an above average demographic.

By comparison, during the nearly three decades, “Between October 1, 1987 and June 30 2017, Florida revoked 11,189 concealed handgun permits for misdemeanors or felonies,” according to the report. “This is an annual revocation rate of 10.4 permits per 100,000.” . . .


atriot Post, August 31, 2018

Gun-rights defender John R. Lott Jr. writes, “Right-to-carry laws reduced both the frequency and the severity of mass public shootings; and to the extent to which mass shootings still occurred, they took place in those tiny areas in the states where permitted concealed handguns were not allowed.” . . .

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