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CPRC in the news: Instapundit, Vice News, Politico, Breitbart, Townhall, and other places

28 Sep , 2018  

 

Instapundit, September 24, 2018

IS IT TRUE THAT WITH ONLY 4.5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, THE UNITED STATES ACCOUNTS FOR 31% OF ALL MASS PUBLIC SHOOTERS? According to John Lott, the answer is no. He writes: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average.

 

Vice News, September 28, 2018

One study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a pro-gun organization, reported a surge in concealed carry permits among black women from 2000 to 2015. . . .

 

WQAD Channel 8, Davenport, Iowa, September 24, 2018

Overall, 17 million people across the country have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The Crime Prevention Research Center reports that number is up from 2017, with the biggest increases among women and minorities. . . .

 

Preston Business Review, September 24, 2018

Gun scholar John Lott  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tables to show that 36 children under the age of ten were killed in firearm-related accidents in 2010, while the number of children under the age of ten killed in “unintentional fire/burn deaths” was 262, and the number killed in “unintentional drowning” incidents was 609. This means the number children unintentionally killed in fire-related deaths was over seven times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths, and the number of children killed in unintentional drowning deaths was sixteen times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths. . . .

 

Politico, September 14, 2018

BIAS IN COVERING ECONOMIC NEWS? — On Thursday, we referred to CEA Chair Kevin Hassett’s assertion that Republican presidents suffer more negative coverage of good economic news that Democratic presidents. Here is the study he referred to, which he wrote with John R. Lott Jr.

 

Politico, September 13, 2018 (While our work isn’t mentioned by name here, it is describing research that Dr. Lott did with Kevin Hassett.)

There is pervasive frustration inside the administration that even if Trump did avoid aggrandizing his economic accomplishments it wouldn’t matter because press coverage would simply ignore the good numbers and focus on anything negative they can find. MM doesn’t think this is really fair as plenty of people cover jobs and GDP data pretty straight. And in these pages we have REPEATEDLY said Trump deserves some credit for juicing up the economy from where it was when President Obama left.

But Kevin Hassett in our interview cited some empirical data showing the press tends to cover good economic news less positively under GOP presidents. And he’s probably got something of a point. It’s just that Trump presents so many opportunities to cover things other than good data that it’s hard to put all the blame on the media.

Hassett basically likened those who deny that Trump’s economy is better than Obama’s to climate change deniers. “This is a historically good economy, one of those special moments that we see every now and then. If you don’t agree that there is enough economic data to support this then you are a science denier as much as a denier in any other area.”

“The treatment of the president is very hostile. I suppose that if we all became saintly, perfect beings that maybe there is a chance that someone might cover things positively. But it doesn’t look like it to me.” . . .

 

Yakima Herald (Washington State), Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In a 30-year study of illegal crime rates in Arizona using Department of Corrections data, John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, concluded the illegal alien crime rate was 250 percent higher than those born there, with more crimes and more serious crimes. . . .

 

Townhall, September 12, 2018

As John Lott Jr. observed, this story would have been all over the mainstream news outlets if the party affiliations had been reversed. . . .

 

Breitbart.com, September 18, 2018

Gun scholar John Lott used Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tables to show that 36 children under the age of ten were killed in firearm-related accidents in 2010, while the number of children under the age of ten killed in “unintentional fire/burn deaths” was 262, and the number killed in “unintentional drowning” incidents was 609. This means the number children unintentionally killed in fire-related deaths was over seven times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths, and the number of children killed in unintentional drowning deaths was sixteen times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths. . . .

 

Breitbart.com, September 18, 2018

The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) notes, “The number of women with permits has increased twice as quickly as the number of men with permits.” They also pointed to evidence which “suggests that permit-holding is increasing about 75 percent more quickly among minorities than among whites.”

 

Chicago City Wire, Friday, September 14, 2018

The figures are based on the work of Crime Prevention Research Center researcher John Lott and his organization, which also estimates that the national number of concealed carry permits has now swelled to more than 17 million. Although, 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in those statistics. Therefore, it is possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense, according to the ISRA. . . .

 

Ammoland, September 24, 2018

One of the leading organizations that have published studies into mass shooting is the Crime Prevention Research Center. The CPRC is led by famed American economist John Lott Jr. The CPRC cites all their data set information and sources.

Looking at their data, we can see a stark contrast between the research of Lankford and the research of the CPRC. Lankford research refers to shooters instead of shootings. If we consider that this isn’t a typo within the last 15 years, there has been at least 3,081 shooters outside the US and 45 in the US. These estimates of shooters outside the US are towards the most conservative end of the spectrum. In reality, the numbers of worldwide mass shooters are most likely higher. All these examples given by the CPRC are verifiable and they cite their sources on their website.

If we assume that Lankford made a mistake when using the word shooter and was referring to shootings the numbers still are not close. There has been 1,448 mass public shooting outside the US and 43 within the US in the last 15 years.

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