This has been a very busy news coverage the last couple of weeks with coverage in the Associated Press with stories in hundreds of news outlets, NPR, and our op-ed in the Chicago Tribune picked up in at least 17 other newspapers across the country.
Tallahassee Democrat, November 30, 2018
Florida is one of sixteen states that prohibit guns on college campuses, according to Campus Safety, and is among the 32 states that do not generally allow K-12 teachers to bear arms in the classroom, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
New American, November 28, 2018
in fact, as president of the Crime Prevention Research Center John R. Lott, Jr. has put it, it appears that more guns equals less crime. Just consider the following little-known facts: . . .
The Daily Telegraph (United Kingdom), November 28, 2018
That push, as Lott points out, is based on a false premise: [a long quote from Lott’s article is then provided]
Instapundit, October 25, 2018
JOHN LOTT: The Problem With the FBI’s ‘Active Shooter’ Data.
The FBI’s first report claimed that only once from 2000-2013 did a concealed handgun permit holder stop one of 160 reported “active shooter” attacks. These active shooter attacks include any time a gun is fired in a public place, even if no one is injured or killed. They exclude gang fights or attacks that arise out of other crimes such as robberies.
The report got massive news coverage on the front pages of such newspapers as the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, as well as all of the TV news networks. Gun control activists have frequently cited the report in court cases and in political debates to claim that civilians rarely use guns to stop public shootings.
Unfortunately, the problems with the reports have continued during the Trump administration. The latest FBI report, released in May, misses still more cases. The FBI claims that from 2014 to 2017 there were 90 active shooter cases and only seven where permit holders stopped these attacks.
In all, the FBI claims that concealed handgun permit holders have stopped 3.2 percent of active shooter incidents.
But the bureau misses at least 23 cases where permit holders saved the day. That means they stopped 11.5 percent of active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2017. We at the Crime Prevention Research Center are more confident that we have all of the cases from 2014 to 2017, when 16.5 percent of attacks were stopped.
I don’t trust much of anything coming out of the FBI these days.
Powerline, November 24, 2018
Liberals constantly assert, without citing any data, that the U.S. is alone among civilized nations in suffering the phenomenon of mass shootings. Like so many claims, it suits the Left’s narrative while being entirely untrue. John Lott explains: An extended quote from Lott’s article in the Chicago Tribune is then provided.
As Lott says, “The media bias on this is overwhelming.” Experience shows that the best thing we can do to reduce mass shooting casualties is to get rid of “gun free zones,” which offer immunity to would-be mass murderers. But don’t hold your breath, waiting for liberals to do anything practical. . . .
Examiner (Barlett, Illinois), Tuesday, November 20, 2018
A majority of the Board of Education in School District U-46 opposed local control at its Monday, Nov. 5 meeting concerning an Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) resolution that would lobby the state for allowing school districts to arm staff for student protection. . . .
Providing “counterpoints” to the administration’s memo, Ward cited a survey by PoliceOne showing that 81 percent of police officers support arming teachers and data from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) showing that 97.8 percent of mass shootings since 1950 have occurred in designated “gun free zones.” She also said arming staff acts as a deterrent stating “concealed handgun permit holders take away that strategic advantage from the killers.” . . .
John Lott, president and founder of the CPRC, provided data to The Examiner showing that the concerns addressed have flaws. The FBI admits to the CPRC that it did not include several mass shooting events in its reports which greatly skew the results, the CPRC finding that at least 11.5 percent of mass shooting events have been stopped by an armed civilian between 2000 and 2017.
“None of the FBI’s active shooter reports address the question of whether more law-abiding people with guns make things more dangerous,” Lott said. “They try to address how frequently people with permitted concealed handguns stop attacks, but even then they do a horrible job.”
Lott added that 20 states currently allow armed teachers to “varying degrees,” and “some have had these laws for over 20 years. Prior to the early 1990s, states that had permitted concealed handguns didn’t have prohibitions with people carrying permitted concealed handguns at schools. Yet, with all that experience, you don’t see the types of concerns occurring that you say people are raising.”
“With the exception of one accidental discharge by a teacher in Utah in 2014 after school hours… there have been no shootings of any type in any of all these schools that allowed teachers to carry guns,” Lott added.
Lott also said that there’s not been one case in his findings of a bystander being shot or a teacher being shot by police where armed staff is allowed.
“I am not saying that these bad events will never occur, but simply it is hard to put a lot of weight on these concerns if no one can point to a single instance where they have happened,” Lott said. . . . .
KRDO TV Colorado Springs, Colorado, November 13, 2018
In Colorado, there are nearly 400,000 permits, but the state’s regulations require a sheriff to approve a permit before it can be given out.
In El Paso County, there are 47,107 active permits issued, but a new nationwide study by a pro-gun organization, Crime Prevention Research Center, suggests not many people are carrying.
Their findings for 2018 say only 2.4 percent of Americans are conceal-carrying their gun all the time. Of the more than 17 million people who have permits in the United States, that equates to about 414,000 people with a gun on them at all time.
If we take that percentage and apply it to El Paso County’s number of permits, that means there are 1,130 people who are concealed carrying across the community. . . .
Breitbart.com, November 8, 2018
Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) John R. Lott reported that the Borderline Bar & Grill was a gun-free zone by law. CPRC posted a California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms form explaining that the state of California prohibits the carrying of firearms “in a place having a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption.” . . .
Bearing Arms, November 21, 2018
Almost every gun debate hinges on the subject of mass shootings. It’s almost as if crime is no longer an issue anymore, what with all the focus on these mass killings. In fairness, they’re horrific, and they seem to be happening all too often for anyone’s comfort.
However, as most gun folks have pointed out in debates, there’s a fact that is constantly ignored, and that’s how most of these things happen in gun free zones.
John Lott, writing at the Chicago Tribune, has some thoughts on why that is. . . .
Guns.com, November 15, 2018
Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said that 21,130 licenses to carry a concealed handgun were issued and another 29,243 renewed last quarter, for a total of 50,373 granted. When compared to the first quarter report which saw a combined total of 45,848 issued, the increase was more than 10 percent. . . .
It’s not just Ohio that is seeing a bump in numbers. The Crime Prevention Research Center, which tracks concealed carry statistics, said in August that there were more than 17.25 million such permits nationwide, an all-time high and a nearly three-fold increase over the past decade. . . .
Media Discussion on CPRC