Crime Prevention Research Center in the News: Los Angeles Daily News, Breitbart, Orange County Register, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Rasmussen Report, and many others

25 Feb , 2019  

John Stossel, Townhall.com, February 20, 2019; Los Angeles Daily News, February 20, 2019; Orange County Register, February 20, 2019; Pittsburg Tribune-Review, February 22, 2019; Northwest Florida Daily News, February 23, 2019; Gainesville Daily Register (Gainesville, Texas), February 20, 2019;  Rasmussen Report, February 20, 2019; The Weatherford Democrat (Weather and Parker Counties, Texas). February 22, 2019; The Daily Signal, February 20, 2019; Elko Daily Free Press (Nevada), February 20, 2019; The Huntsville Item (Huntsville, Texas), February 21, 2019; Minot Daily News (Minot, North Dakota), February 21, 2019; Daily Press (Victorville, California), February 21, 2019; The Daily Courier (Prescott, Arizona), February 21, 2019; Minot Daily News, February 21, 2019; Belgrade News (Bozeman, MT), February 21, 2019; The Patriot Post, February 20, 2019; World Net Daily, February 20, 2019

Economist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (and father of one of my producers) spends much of his time researching gun use and correcting shoddy studies.

A few years ago, much of the media claimed that the U.S. has “the most mass shootings of any country in the world.” President Barack Obama added it’s “a pattern now that has no parallel anywhere else.”

CNN and The L.A. Times wrote about “Why the U.S. Has the Most Mass Shootings.” (“The United States has more guns.”)

But the U.S. doesn’t have the most mass shootings, says Lott. It’s a myth created by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford, a myth repeated by anti-gun media in hundreds of news stories.

“Lankford claimed that since 1966 there were 90 mass public shooters in the United States, more than any other country,” says Lott. “Lankford claimed ‘complete data’ were available from 171 countries.”

But how could that be? Many governments don’t collect such data and even fewer have information from before the days of the internet.

A shooting in say, India, would likely be reported only in local newspapers, in a local dialect. How would Lankford ever find out about it? How did he collect his information? What languages did he search in?

He won’t say.

“That’s academic malpractice,” says Lott in my video about the controversy.

I’m not surprised that Lankford didn’t reply to Lott’s emails. Lott is known as pro-gun. (He wrote the book “More Guns, Less Crime.”) But Lankford also won’t explain his data to me, The Washington Post or even his fellow gun control advocates. . . .

 

Breitbart, February 16, 2019

Crime Prevention Research Center reported, “This attempted mass public shooting occurred in yet another gun-free zone. 98% of mass public shootings since 1950 have taken place in areas where people can’t defend themselves.” . . .

 

 

 

The Heartland Institute, February 19, 2019

The law requires the purchaser to pay a fee for the background check, says economist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, which publishes Budget & Tax News.

“You’re limited to buying only 100 rounds, or bullets, at a time,” said Lott. “You can buy 100 rounds of .22 ammunition for about $11 or $12, and you pay a sales tax.

“[N]ow you will have to pay a $70 fee for a background check every time you buy ammunition,” said Lott. “That’s like a 600 percent tax added on to the cost of buying ammunition.” . . .

 

Florida Phoenix, February 13, 2019

And at press conference prior to the Senate Education Committee meeting, Democratic House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee slammed the proposal to arm classroom teachers, saying that it “doesn’t make sense.”

Currently, teachers in 28 states can carry firearms, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, a conservative nonprofit organization

“Very few schools are participating, and there is no record of success,” adds Kate Kile with the Moms Demand Action Tallahassee chapter. “Any time someone enters a school campus with a firearm intending to harm themselves, or someone else, we have failed our children.” . . .

 

Conservative Daily News, February 20, 2019; Canada Free Press, February 20, 2019

John R. Lott, Jr. analyzed the illegal crime data and the numbers are shocking. Lott found, “Compared to American citizens, illegal aliens are more than twice as likely to be convicted for armed robbery, child molestation, and for sexual assault…nearly three times as likely to be convicted of murder and manslaughter …more than four times as likely to be convicted of a drive-by shooting, and for extortion …[and] more than five times as likely to be convicted of kidnapping.” . . .


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