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Jul 11, 2019 | Featured


Breitbart, June 30, 2019

Democrat presidential hopeful Eric Swalwell claims his confiscatory “assault weapons” ban would have prevented the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

He made this claim in response to a tweet by John Lott, wherein Lott asked why Swalwell was pushing gun controls that “wouldn’t have stopped one mass public shooting this century”:

Swalwell responded, “Who wants to tell John Lott that if my assault weapons ban and buy-back had been in place before Sandy Hook or Parkland, those children wouldn’t have been killed?”

Swalwell’s claim overlooks a number of important facts. . . .


Campus Safety, June 23, 2019

As of 2017, there were 16.3 million concealed carry permits, making up approximately 6.6% of the adult population, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). . . .

Click here for more detailed data from the Crime Prevention Research Center’s 2017 study. . . .


Daily Journal (Johnson County, Indiana), June 20, 2019

. . . Paul Helmke, a former Indiana mayor reinvented as a Beltway crusader for the Brady Center/Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, has never seen a gun death that he didn’t like as a rhetorical point. Now he’s back, working at Indiana University and mounting a grassroots campaign to throw out local officials who don’t share his take on the issue.

“The Indiana Legislature has preempted local governments from doing anything directly on guns,” the old progressive tells the sympathetic Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. “What do our local candidates think of that? Are they willing to push for more local control, or at least stronger state gun laws?”

We would refer the mayor to John Lott, an actual expert on crime and gun violence with numbers to back up his arguments, but Helmke already has lost a national debate to Lott — embarrassingly, some thought. So let me speak for the thousands of Hoosiers who have lost dear ones to non-gun crimes, killed in their homes, strangled or beaten to death, intimidated by thugs, all without relevance to the mayor’s narrative. . . .


Pennsylvania Capital-Star, July 9, 2019


  • Currently, 20 states allow teachers and other school staff members to carry guns under a variety of rules on school property, so we don’t need to guess about how safe these schools are. Some states have had these rules for decades.
  • The Crime Prevention Research Center has just released a report looking at school shootings of all types in the United States from 2000 through 2018.
  • The study found that during these 18 years Utah, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and parts of Oregon allowed all permitted teachers and staff to carry guns without any additional training requirements. Other states leave it to the discretion of the local superintendent or school board.
  • The rate of shootings and people killed by them has increased significantly since 2000. However, this increase has occurred entirely among schools that don’t let teachers carry guns. There has yet to be a single case of someone being wounded or killed from a shooting when armed teachers are around.
  • In Addition, no student has ever got hold of his or her teacher’s gun and not a single person has been injured or killed by a teacher’s gun. But even more amazing, not a single person has been shot during school hours. . . .


ZeroHedge, July 9, 2019

Twitter has suspended prominent gun-rights activist and researcher, John R. Lott Jr over a Tweet about the New Zealand mass murder that killed a group of Muslims as they attended Mosque.

Lott is the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC). The CPRC is a registered non-profit that researches the relationship between laws regulating guns and gun ownership and crime. He is the author of nine books including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” and others. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

When Lott logged onto Twitter, the platform greeted him with a message stating that one of his Twitter posts violated the company’s rules although the social media platform did not list and the exact reason why the Tweet violated their terms of service. The tech giant hasn’t responded to Lott’s appeal as of this writing. . . .


New American, June 27, 2019

Three years ago, Vincent Smith, a city engineer in Virginia Beach, Virginia, saw a gap in the security measures protecting city employees: “The gap was not allowing employees to carry a firearm,” he said. “Instead, people were forced — like I am every day — to choose between earning a living and saving my life.”

So he created a petition demanding that the city council reverse its “gun-free zone” policies. He got 259 signers, and it went nowhere.

Now, he has tried again. . . .

John Lott agrees. In a Fox News op-ed last week, Lott, the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, wrote: “This attack could have ended with much less bloodshed.… However, the city bans individuals, including public employees, from possessing ‘any weapon’ on city property.”

In fact, if his recent study of school shootings since 2000 can be applied to municipal office buildings as well, there wouldn’t have been any bloodshed at all. In that study, reviewed last month by The New American, Lott examined every school shooting from 2000 through 2018 and discovered that not a single school “that allows teachers to carry has experienced a death or injury from a shooting.” . . .


Business & Politics Review, June 26, 2019

Want to know what appears to exacerbate crime? Some of the draconian gun control policies sought by Hogg. He strongly supports gun-free zones and seems to believe the entire country should be such a zone, yet according to data from the Crime Prevention Research Center, 98 of all mass shootings have occurred in these zones: . . .


Breitbart, June 26, 2019

On November 20, 2018, Breitbart News reported Crime Prevention Research Center numbers showing that 97.8 percent of mass shootings from 1950 through May 2018 occurred in gun-free zones, regardless of type gun used. Madonna did not mention the danger posed by gun-free zones. . . .


Media Research Center, June 21, 2019

Collectivists in Britain and elsewhere tell us they want to curb “gun violence”, so they pass statutes to tell law-abiding people that they will be unable to legally own a personal firearm, or to tell them it will be very difficult to do so, seemingly unaware that people with criminal intent are already predisposed to breaching the statutes and could care less, and unaware that, as John Lott has noted, more guns in the hands of individuals is strongly correlated to lower violent crime rates, and the US Centers for Disease Control has shown that gun owners use firearms 3.6 times more often to stop crimes than to engage in them. . . .


The Dan Bongino Show, May 25, 2019

While often characterized as “insane” idea from the Left, there are already 20 states that allow teachers and other school staff to concealed carry on school grounds. In Ohio alone there are over 200 school districts that allow teachers to carry guns (where an estimated 10-12% carry). In Texas 30% of school districts (315) already allowed for armed teachers before this recent legislation.

If arming teachers were a crazy idea, certainly there would be mountains of evidence of it going awry, wouldn’t there? The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) studied school districts that allow for armed teachers and staff from 2000-2018, and the consequences have yet to be seen. . . .


Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado), June 20, 2019

Every school shooting in Colorado and across the nation occurred in a gun-free zone. According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, more than 97% of all mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in gun-free zones. The evidence is overwhelming that, while they’re well-intentioned, gun-free zones have been a colossal failure. . . .


America’s 1st Freedom, July 9, 2019

“It would have been great if one of the debate moderators had asked a tough question on guns. For example, could background checks on private gun transfers have stopped Parkland or any other mass public shooting? The answer, unfortunately, is that such a law wouldn’t have prevented a single attack in this century.” –John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said this after the Democrat’s first two debates. . . .


Ammoland, July 6, 2019

Twitter has suspended prominent gun-rights activist and researcher, John R. Lott Jr over a Tweet about the New Zealand mass murder that killed a group of Muslims as they attended Mosque. . . .


America’s 1st Freedom, June 22, 2019

As John Lott Jr. has noted, nobody who defends the few state-level registries that still exist in the United States “can point to any crimes that have been solved using registration records.” . . .