Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), March 22, 2019
John Lott, an economist and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of the 1998 book “More Guns, Less Crime,” said that the best way to ensure the safety of the American people is not necessarily to institute more regulations on guns, but rather to “get rid of gun-free zones.”
“Most mass shootings have occurred in places where people aren’t allowed to defend themselves,” Lott said. “It’s not by accident. These terrorists try to go to places where they can kill as many people as possible. The advantage of having someone there with a permitted concealed handgun who isn’t readily identifiable is, it completely takes away the strategic advantage of these killers.”
“The most effective way of reducing casualties is to allow civilians to be able to carry concealed handguns,” Lott added.
Not all policymakers agree with either Alpers or Lott, and gun policy laws vary widely across the country, with states taking matters into their own hands to the extent that they are able. . . .
The Mercury News (San Jose, California), March 21, 2019; East Bay Times, March 21, 2019
Gun law skeptics like John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, noted that New Zealand’s already tough restrictions failed to stop the gunman. He noted other countries like Mexico and Brazil also have tight restrictions on civilian gun ownership, and are awash in violent crime.
“The notion that you are going to be able stop criminals from getting the types of weapons they want to use,” Lott said, “just isn’t serious.” . . .
Lincoln Journal Star, March 20, 2019; Beatrice Daily Sun, March 20, 2019; The Columbus Telegram, March 20, 2019; Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News, March 20, 2019; Hastings Tribune, March 21, 2019; News-Press Now.com, March 21, 2019; The Neighbor, March 21, 2019
The Heartland Institute, March 18, 2019
One problem with red flag laws is insufficient procedural safeguards, says economist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, which publishes Budget & Tax News.
“Somebody who knows you … can complain to the police or the police can complain and they can go and get a warrant from a judge without a hearing to take away your guns,” said Lott. “[Or] they have a hearing, but there are no specific rules that have to be followed in terms of criteria that are met before you can have your guns taken away.”
There are already laws in place prohibiting those convicted of a crime from purchasing or owning a firearm, but some advocates of red flag laws want to put more people at risk of running afoul of those laws, says Lott.
“We already have laws based on criminal history: if you have a felony, you lose your right to own a gun for the rest of your life, even if it’s a nonviolent felony, and, depending on the state and federal law, even [for] a misdemeanor you can lose the right to own a gun,” said Lott.
“Gun control advocates don’t want to have that type of restriction on them in terms of deciding who should be able to have their guns taken away,” Lott said. . . .
New American, April 1, 2019
Last year, the Crime Prevention Research Center released fresh data on crime rates among illegal aliens in another Southwest border state, Arizona. A summary of the study on the organization’s website noted:
Undocumented immigrants are at least 142% more likely to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans. They also tend to commit more serious crimes and serve 10.5% longer sentences, more likely to be classified as dangerous, and 45% more likely to be gang members than U.S. citizens….
If undocumented immigrants committed crime nationally as they do in Arizona, in 2016 they would have been responsible for over 1,000 more murders, 5,200 rapes, 8,900 robberies, 25,300 aggravated assaults, and 26,900 burglaries. . . .
Breitbart News, March 23, 2019
In the U.S. it is demonstrable that attackers strike in places where they know their would-be victims cannot defend themselves. A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that 97.8 percent of all mass shootings in the U.S. between 1950 and May 2018 occurred in gun-free zones. . . .
Breitbart News, March 22, 2019
Moreover, Democrats consistently point to the July 20, 2012, Aurora movie theater attack without acknowledging that the theater was a gun-free zone. The San Bernardino County Buildings (December 2, 2015), Orlando Pulse Nightclub (June 12, 2016), Borerline Bar & Grill (November 7, 2018), and Henry Pratt Company offices (February 15, 2019), were all gun-free zones as well. In fact, the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that 97.8 percent of mass shootings in U.S. from 1950 through May 2018 occurred in gun-free zones. . . .