CPRC in the News: The Daily Caller, Livre (Brazil), Breitbart, and much more

26 Dec , 2018  


Daily Caller, December 4, 2018

Concealed-carry permit holders are the most law-abiding demographic of U.S. citizens, according to a recent report by the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The report, titled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across The United States 2016,” compared permit holders to the general population and then to police officers in Florida and Texas, two states which largely mirror the rest of the country.

The data revealed that from 2005 to 2007, “there were 103 crimes per 100,000 police officers,” while the U.S. population’s crime rate is 37 times that number.

Permit holders are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors at less than a sixth of the rate of police officers, according to the study. Officers also commit firearm violations, 16.5 per 100,000, seven times more frequently than permit holders, at only 2.4 per 100,000 in Texas and Florida.

The report also shows that crime declined in states that do not require permits to carry. It reads, “Indeed, the murder rate was 31 percent lower in the states not requiring permits. The violent crime rate was 28 percent lower.” Currently, several groups, such as Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, are targeting concealed-carry laws as a part of broader gun control measures.

Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety recently boasted of its achievements in defeating proposals in 16 states that would allow citizens to carry without a permit. Similarly, the Brady Center argued that concealed-carry permit applicants should prove to state and local governments that they have a “good cause” to carry a handgun in public. President Dan Gross referred to arguments in favor of concealed-carry permits as “repugnant lies and wild west fantasies peddled by the corporate gun lobby.”

Gross made these comments in a speech after a D.C. circuit court ruled that permit applicants should prove “good cause” to carry.

Prominent economist and the researcher John Lott, the man behind the new study, said permit holders are “reluctant to use the the guns in a wrong way because they have a lot to lose if they do something wrong,” in an interview with The Daily Signal, elaborating that he was not surprised with the report’s results. . . . [More is available here.]


Livre (Brazil), December 18, 2018 (Translation from Portuguese)

An economist, a political commentator and one of the most famous advocates of the right of people to carry weapons, John Lott hopes to help Brazil in legislative changes to facilitate access to firearms for civilians – which he says will result in positive numbers for the Brazilian public security sector. . . .


WIS Channel 10 News (Columbia, South Carolina), December 18, 2018



Daily Torch, December 7, 2018

These gun control “solutions” do not prevent crime. In fact, the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 98 percent of all mass public shootings occur in gun free zones. These states are not solving the problem they claim to care so much about, they are simply denying law-abiding citizens of their Constitutional rights. . . .


Breitbart.com, December 8, 2018

Breitbart News reported a Crime Prevention Research Center study showing that 97.8 percent of mass public attacks between 1950 and May 2018 occurred in gun-free zones. Such areas have total gun control, making teachers in places like Sandy Hook Elementary (December 14, 2012), patrons in clubs like Orlando Pulse (June 12, 2016), and Christmas Party attendees in San Bernardino County buildings (December 2, 2015), defenseless to fend off attackers. . . .


Breitbart.com, December 4, 2018

A study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows that the United States ranks 64th in the per capita frequency on the list of countries that witnessed mass shootings from 1998 to 2015.

The study also found that while the U.S. constitutes 4.6 percent of the world’s population, “it makes up less than 1.15 percent of the mass public shooters” and less than 1.5 percent of their murders.

CPRC used the study’s summary to explain: “Over the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within our country. … Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than other countries, they are also much less deadly on average.” . . .


Breitbart.com, December 16, 2018

Crime Prevention Research Center’s (CPRC) John Lott took the left’s go-to gun control study for mass shootings apart on December 14.

The study, which claims the U.S. leads the world in mass shootings, was put together by University of Alabama’s Adam Lankford and released in 2013.

The study looked at 1966 through 2012, and Mother Jones summarized, “Over those five decades, the United States had 90 public mass shootings, defined as shootings that killed four or more victims. Of the 170 other countries examined in the study, only four even made it to double-digits: The Philippines had 18 public mass shootings, followed by Russia with 15, Yemen with 11, and France with 10.”

Lott asked to see the sources behind the study but Lankford demurred. So Lott set out to duplicate Lankford’s study via CPRC research and found that Lankford had missed, or completely ignored, thousands of mass shootings that occurred throughout the world during the time-frame in question. . . .


Star Herald (Scottsbluff, Nebraska), December 4, 2018

If you believe that the United States is the world leader in mass shootings, you are not alone. A great many Americans believe it. President Barack Obama probably contributed to the perception in 2015 when he commented, “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”

The widespread belief that we lead the globe in mass shootings frequently is used by gun control advocates when they press for stiffer laws, but according to Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lotte Jr., America doesn’t lead the world in mass public shootings. We’re not even close, but we seldom hear about shootings in other nations, such as the October massacre in Crimea, Russia, where a school shooting killed 20 people and wounded 65 others.

Lotte said many foreign attacks are politically motivated. Others resemble American tragedies, such as the Russian Beslan School siege of Sept. 1, 2004, which killed 385 people and wounded 783. Then there was the three-day siege in 2002 of the Dubrovka Theater in Moscow, when 130 were killed and more than 450 were wounded.

Lotte wrote in an op-ed for the Chicago Tribune: “Over the course of 18 years, from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters in this country.” Lotte said the U.S. makes up 1.49 percent of the killings worldwide, 2.2 percent of the attacks, and less than 1.15 percent of the mass public shooters. . . .


NewsOK, December 24, 2018

Most mass killings (about 88 percent, data from the Crime Prevention Research Center) occur in gun-free zones . . . .


Ammoland, December 10, 2018

The Ninth Circuit judge said the law serves a government function of reducing gun related injuries and deaths resulting from an unlocked handgun in the home.

The academic literature is mixed on the subject. Research by John Lott and John Whitley concluded the law had a net negative effect. From crime research.org:

It is frequently assumed that safe-storage gun laws reduce accidental gun deaths and total suicides, while the possible impact on crime rates is ignored. We find no support that safe-storage laws reduce either juvenile accidental gun deaths or suicides. Instead, these storage requirements appear to impair people’s ability to use guns defensively. Because accidental shooters also tend to be the ones most likely to violate the new law, safe-storage laws increase violent and property crimes against law-abiding citizens with no observable offsetting benefit in terms of reduced accidents or suicides. . . .


Ammoland, December 9, 2018

The studies were done by Dr. John Lott. Lott looks at data down to the county level, not just the states. Lott examines concealed carry by looking at the number of actual permits issued, not only when the law changed. That level of examination is likely to find subtle differences.

Only a small number of studies claim that homicides or violent crime go up as more people carry concealed weapons legally. They suffer from limited scope and/or data selection bias.

Dr. Lott has debunked studies that claim more guns equal more crimes.

This study differs from studies done by Dr. Lott. It attempts to examine the effect of  “unrestricted carry” also known as Constitutional Carry.  Dr. Lott’s methods have difficulty with measuring the impact of Constitutional Carry. There are no permit numbers to track with Constitutional Carry. . . .


Ammoland, December 14, 2018

Adam Lankford is the go-to researcher most referenced when the anti-gunners spout off about how the United States leads the world when it comes to mass shootings. Of course, that “claim” is automatically followed by the notion that our Second Amendment is to blame.

Journalists are supposed to be trained to be skeptics. “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out” is one of the guiding journalism-instructor mottos.

So, what happened when Lankford published a study in the “Violence and Victims” journal? Liberal media outlets took his conclusions as gospel. But in the aftermath, a few independent thinkers have had the sense to question Lankford’s research methods. Guess what? He won’t even answer basic questions about how he conducted his study. If that’s not enough to cast doubt on his data, it should be.

But John Lott, at the Crime Prevention Research Center, has taken the critique a bit further. His team tried to duplicate Lankford’s research and found—surprise!—that Lankford considerably underestimated the number of mass shootings abroad. Lankford said there were about 90 over a 46-year period; Lott’s crew found thousands, leading them to believe that Lankford didn’t use foreign languages to search for data and that no translator cross-checked the information. . . . [More is available here]

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