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This study has been pointed to by the Justice Department and by a number of politicians and organizations who favor restricting immigration. It’s also drawn sharp criticism from the Cato Institute and other researchers, who argue that the study misinterpreted data. Lott has stood by his research. . . .

 

The Daily Wire, November 2, 2018

There is a study out from the Cato Institute that shows lower rates of violent crime among illegal aliens, however the Crime Prevention Research Center shows significantly higher rates of violent crime among illegal aliens, so you’ve got different studies. . . .

 

Hot Air, October 31, 2018

There was a curious op-ed in the Washington Post this week, penned by Max Boot. . . .

But what about that claim that “right-wing terror” is on the rise? Fortunately, we have someone who has been compiling data on this subject for quite a while. That would be John R. Lott, Jr. of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He has a study outwhich breaks down mass shootings in the United States and around the world, analyzing the motivations and political or religious drive behind such attacks. Rather than seeing a rise in “right-wing terror” attacks, the opposite is true. In fact, the vast majority of mass shootings show no religious or political bias at all. . . .

You can download an Exel file of John’s data supporting this study. As usual, he develops meticulous, detailed data, just as he does with gun crime statistics.

As has typically been the case in the past, the vast majority of shootings where multiple people are injured or killed don’t have any identifiable “statement” behind them, with the possible exception of Islamic extremist attacks. (Still a relatively small portion of total shootings.) . . .

 

The American Spectator, September 26, 2018

Another compilation, by policy maven John Lott, tabulates more historical data on federal court nominations, and puts Kavanaugh’s two nomination battles in clearer context . . .

 

CrimProfBlog, October 8, 2018

John R. Lott (Crime Prevention Research Center) has posted How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average on SSRN. Here is the abstract: . . .

 

Breitbart, October 30, 2018

Breitbart News reported John Lott’s summary of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers on accidental deaths of children age 10 and below. Lott showed the number of 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 16 times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths. . . .

 

Political Insider, October 5, 2018

And what has happened to the frequency of school shootings since then? Did a magical force-field begin repelling prospective school shooters once they came within 1,000 feet of a school? Hell no. Research from the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that 98% of all public mass shootings that occurred between 1950 and July 10, 2016, happened in gun-free zones, and that’s tragically true in schools as well. . . .

 

Citrus County Chronicle, October 3, 2018

A quote rings true for me: “There is no magic fix to making our political culture more civil. But the best way to reverse the trend is to give government less control over our lives. If we refuse to recognize this and don’t take steps to fix it, don’t expect the political debate to get more civil anytime soon.” — John R. Lott Jr. . . .

 

Law Officer, November 17, 2018

Among the findings of the investigation released by the Crime Prevention Research Center: White police officers are not significantly more likely to shoot black suspects; body cameras have had little effect on decreasing police killings; the more cops at the scene, the less likely it is a suspect will be shot.

The study examined data from 2013 to 2015, a time period which almost perfectly bookends the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in August 2014, an episode that helped lead to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and placed increased scrutiny on police shootings. Yet, the research team of John Lott and Carlisle Moody found the percentage of black suspects killed in the 19 months before Brown’s death (24.8 percent) was almost exactly the same as the percentage killed in the 16 months after Brown’s death (25 percent).

Lott and Moody examined 2,699 police killings from more than 1,500 cities during the three-year time span — including 1,333 killings not recorded in the FBI’s official data. To gather the most precise information, the researchers scoured LexisNexis, Google, official police data and online databases.

The resulting spreadsheet also listed the race for suspects and officers. Putting together the racial component proved to be one of the more difficult tasks.

“News stories tend to not mention the race of the officer when the officer is black, because most of the black officers we found we found by looking at department photos, not news stories,” Lott said. “That was not true of white officers.”

Once the data was in place, the team controlled for various factors, including total population, racial makeup and, importantly, violent crime levels. A Washington Post article that gained popularity in the spring asserted that since black suspects made up 25 percent of those killed by police, but only 12 percent of the population, the disparity proved black people were more likely to be shot by police. . . .

 

Western Journal, October 26, 2018

“While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up a little over two percent of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8% of the prison population. These immigrants also tend to commit more serious crimes,” according to a study by John R. Lott, the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.


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