24 Apr , 2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy wants it to cost $550 to own and carry a gun, up from $27

We have noted many times how Democrats want to prevent poor minorities from owning guns. Democrats are now making gun ownership even more expensive. The New York Times reports: “Having a gun in New Jersey could soon cost 20 times as much: Gov. Philip Murphy’s proposed fees — $550 to own and carry a gun, up from $27 — would be among the highest in the U.S.”

Though New Jersey has strict gun control laws, its firearms fees have not changed since the mid-1960s, making it a bargain for gun owners.

23 Apr , 2019

Television Shows misrepresenting facts about guns: Criminals are often using machine guns and outgunning police

On TV shows, machine guns always seem to be the weapons of choice for bad guys when they get in shootouts with police. Some hyperbole is to be expected on television, but the level of exaggeration has become pretty over-the-top. In real life, criminals use machine guns so rarely that a 2016 survey of prison inmates only broke down the numbers for uses of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. …


22 Apr , 2019

Discussing how “Registering Firearms Does More Harm Than Good”

On the Red Elephant YouTube page, Dr. John Lott talked to Vincent James about how “Registering Firearms Does More Harm Than Good.” The information contained in the video is available here. We have some real concerns about the racial beliefs of the host, and we clearly spelled those out in another segment.…

21 Apr , 2019

Brazil’s President announces preparing new laws to make it easier to carry guns in public

“The citizen deserves to have the means to defend himself, respecting the referendum of 2005, when he chose, at the polls, the right to self-defense.” From President Bolsonaro’s inaugural address, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro just announced on April 20th that his government is preparing new laws to make it much easier for Brazilians to carry guns in public.…

21 Apr , 2019

Television Show Bias against guns: CBS’s Ransom main character left the FBI because he hates guns

During negotiations with a formidable sociopath who is targeting diabetics with tainted insulin, CBS’s Ransom Eric Beaumont, the shows main character played by Luke Roberts, explains to the killer why he stopped working for the FBI. Beaumont, the good guy, says that he left because he hated guns. The bad guy then says that he likes guns.…

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20 Apr , 2019

At Townhall.com: Police Review Boards May Create the Problems They Were Designed to Solve

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at Townhall.com on Dallas’ move to institute a stronger police review board. The piece starts this way:

Community trust is crucial to effective policing, so it’s imperative that officers not think that they can get away with misconduct. Without trust, crime victims might not report crimes to police or help solve them.


20 Apr , 2019

On the Lars Larson Show: What have we learned about stopping mass public shootings in 20 years after Columbine?

Dr. John Lott talked to Lars Larson on both his national and Northwest radio shows about what have we learned about stopping mass public shootings in 20 years after Columbine.

(Northwest Show, Friday, April 19th, 2019, from 4:05 to 4:14 PM)

Appears on 21 radio stations, including KVI in Seattle, KXL in Portland, and KXLY in Spokane, with about 350,000 listeners.…

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20 Apr , 2019

Our work cited in the New York Times, though it is used to make misleading points

We missed this reference to our work when it went up in October 2018. Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times, discussed what caused the rise in concealed handgun permits.

Remember when President Obama tried to change the Second Amendment and ban handguns? No, neither do I. But Wayne LaPierre of the N.R.A.

19 Apr , 2019

Democrat State Senator says Senator pushing Constitutional Carry has “some mental problems”

In a debate over a Constitutional Carry bill, Alabama’s Democratic state Senator Vivian Davis Figures had this to say about State Sen. Gerald Allen’s (R-Tuscaloosa) and the bill that he supported (SB 4).

“You even want to repeal a part of the law that’s in place now about carrying weapons into a demonstration, where everyone knows that the emotions are high … and we also know Congresswoman (Gabby) Giffords (of Arizona) was actually shot during that time, during a demonstration.

18 Apr , 2019

On the Michigan Talk Network: Lawful citizens using guns to stop mass public shootings

Dr. Lott talks with Steve Gruber about the lack of media coverage when a lawful citizen uses a gun to stop a mass public shooting. The CPRC regularly shares these justifiable self-defense cases on our website.

More information on this is available here and here.

(Tuesday, April 16, 2019)