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Crime Prevention Research Center in the News: Newsweek, The New Yorker, and many other places

18 Sep , 2019  

 

Newsweek, September 2, 2019

Former Texas congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke demanded Capitol Hill politicians enact stricter gun control laws rather than offer “thoughts and prayers” during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. . . .

“We need to buy back every single assault weapon,” he later added in a tweet.

In response, political commentator and gun rights advocate John Lott. Jr. tweeted: “@BetoORourke, could u pls explain how banning guns based on their looks helps? Over 80% of the#masspublicshootings (MPS) involve either exclusively handguns or handguns with another weapon.” Coulter later retweeted Lott Jr.’s post.

 

The Free Lance-Star, Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The study concluded that “red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary….These laws apparently do not save lives.” . . .

 

The New Yorker, September 9, 2019

Corey said that she’d never bought a gun from a stranger. “There are loopholes for everything, right?” she went on. “Drugs are illegal, but you can still buy them.”

Why did she think there were so many mass shootings in this country, compared to other countries? Does it have to do with the fact that we have so many guns?

“No,” Corey said. She recommended that I “sit in on one of the John Lott seminars.” Lott is an economist and gun-rights advocate best known for the “more guns, less crime” hypothesis that he put forward in a 1998 book of that name, which was based on a large statistical study that has been disputed by numerous studies since.

“Gun control is really against law-abiding people,” Corey went on. “People who want to kill people aren’t following the law.” . . .

 

Foundation for Economic Education, August 23, 2019

John Lott, author of the book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, another outstanding source for info on this subject. He writes:

By 66 percent to 32 percent, economists and criminologists answer that gun-free zones are “more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them.” A 60 percent to 40 percent margin thinks that guns in the home do not increase suicides. And a 62 percent to 35 percent spread says that guns are used in self-defense to stop crime more often than in the commission of crime.

This may explain why even The New York Times hasn’t yet put a billboard up by its offices that screams, “This is a Gun-Free Zone. There are No Guns Here.” . . .

 

Tucson Daily Star, August 22, 2019

Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) report on percentage of adult population with permits by state. . . .

 

Boulder City Review, September 11, 2019

John Lott Jr., an American economist, political commentator, gun rights advocate and economics professor, researched violent crime and concealed weapon permit laws in every U.S. county from 1977-2005. His studies revealed that violent crime decreased when CWPs increase. His work is documented in his well-written book, “More Guns Less Crime” (Chicago University Press, 2010). . . .

 

Media Research Center, August 22, 2019

Astorino — who is also a CNN contributor — may have been understating his case since crime researcher John Lott has argued that none of the mass shootings that have targeted public places would have been stopped by expanding background checks to private purchases, which is what gun control advocates want.

Moodie-Mills soon jumped in to call President Trump a “clown” who “literally does not care about lives” as she also called the NRA a “lobby of death.” . . .

 

Breitbart, September 9, 2019

According to scholar John Lott, Jr., the most important measure to lower gun violence — perhaps counter-intuitively — is expanding concealed carry. Criminals are less likely to shoot if someone may shoot back. . . .

 

Conservative Review, August 30, 2019

 

All Outdoor, August 26, 2019

By 66 percent to 32 percent, economists and criminologists answer that gun-free zones are ‘more likely to attract criminals than they are to deter them.’ A 60 percent to 40 percent margin thinks that guns in the home do not increase suicides. And a 62 percent to 35 percent spread says that guns are used in self-defense to stop crime more often than in the commission of crime. (From ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ by John Lott) . . . .

 

World Tribune, August 28, 2019

The coalition also cited John Lott Jr., author of “More Guns, Less Crime” and “The War on Guns”, who once noted: “It was common for schools to have shooting clubs. Even in New York City, virtually every public high school had a shooting club up until 1969. It was common for high school students to take their guns with them to school on the subways in the morning and turn them over to their homeroom teacher or the gym coach so the heavy guns would simply be out of the way. After school, students would pick up their guns when it was time for practice.” . . .

 

Advocates, August 30, 2019

Once thought to be impenetrable, urban centers may start to see gun rights slowly creep their away into political discourse. The decades of work that gun researcher John Lott is finally beginning to pay off. But he isn’t alone. . . .

 

Guns Magazine, August 2019

John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, put the lie to arguments that armed citizens would only increase the chaos, shoot the wrong people or get shot themselves. In a discussion on Fox News, Lott offered an interesting observation that was buried in a story carried by Sinclair Broadcasting affiliates.

The story said Lott “suggested that concerns about individuals with concealed carry permits causing more harm than good are unsupported by the data.”

“Though possible,” the story continued, “Lott said where permit holders are legally able to carry guns there is ‘not one single case’ where either a police officer accidentally shot a permit holder or a permit holder accidentally shot a bystander.” . . .

 

The Jewish Journal, September 11, 2019

John Lott Jr., author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” argues the wrong people have guns. Responsible gun owners acquire training in the use of guns, and may deter potential crime as first responders. Lott explains that gun-free zones (or, for example, a woman living alone) are identifiable targets, as criminals don’t obey gun restrictions. . . .

 

Ammoland, August 30, 2019

See, Guns, Crime, And Safety: A Conference Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School: Safe-Storage Gun Laws: Accidental Deaths, Suicides, and Crime, 44 J. Law & Econ. 659, 660-664 (1991) by John R. Lott, Jr., American Enterprise Institute and John E. Whitley, University of Adelaide.

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