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12 Oct , 2020  

Conceal carry permits are on the rise, increasing 34% over the past four years. The main driver behind the increase? Women and minorities, according to John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center.

The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported that so many people are attempting to get the permits that some counties are experiencing long lines due to cutbacks during the coronavirus pandemic. Further, the CPRC found that there are 820,000 more concealed carry permit holders today than there were in 2019, thanks in large part to women and minorities.

“Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites,” Lott said a report.

“There were 2.7 million concealed handgun permit holders in 1999, 4.6 million in 2007, 8 million in 2011, 11.1 million in 2014, and now 19.48 million in 2020,” the report said. . . .

Ashe Schow, “Women, Minorities Leading Increase In Conceal Carry Permits,” The Daily Wire, October 7, 2020.

Once a person has made the decision to inflict such harm upon students, a “Gun-Free Zone” sign will not stop them. In fact, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, since 1950, 94% of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. That being the case, laws alone are demonstrably not a deterrent. So then, it is only logical that we have immediate protection from evildoers.

Dylan Sharrock, “A force of intimidation or a necessity for safety? Teen Columnists on police in their schools,” Denver Post, October 4, 2020.

Because of the opportunity for fraud that mail-in ballots present, most developed countries — particularly in Europe — have banned the practice, according to findings from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

It reported that 63% of European Union countries ban mail-in voting except for those voters living abroad, and additional 22% have ended mail-in voting under any circumstances.

“These countries have learned the hard way about what happens when mail-in ballots aren’t secured. They have also discovered how hard it is to detect vote buying when both those buying and selling the votes have an incentive to hide the exchange,” said author John R. Lott, the center’s president. . . .

Michael Dorstewitz, “On Elections Trump Is Right: Protect Integrity, Beware of Fraud,” NewsMax, September 30, 2020.

John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center revealed that there are 19.48 million permit holders, 820,000 more than in 2019.

He found that women and minorities are leading in the applications. “Permits for women and minorities continue to increase at a much faster rate than for either men or whites,” he said. That finding parallels reports from gun stores that women and minorities are buying weapons and signing up for concealed carry classes at a brisk pace. 

The authority on the issue, Lott said that the growth has actually slowed recently as states have curbed issuing permits due to cutbacks from the coronavirus crisis. . . .

[ Republican nominee Mark Leyva] He referenced a 1997 study by University of Chicago economists John Lott and David Mustard that found made the case for less restrictive gun laws and giving people conceal carry permits were “the most cost-effective method of reducing crime thus far.” But, in the decades since, other academic studies have “strongly suggested that the opposite is true, that these laws lead to higher rates of violent crime,” according to a June 2017 article in The Atlantic.

Alexandra Kukulka, “Candidates discuss health care, immigration and other issues in 1st District Congressional debate,” Chicago Tribune, October 7 2020.
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John Lott, probably best known for his writings on the Second Amendment and gun laws, has written about the great influence of women’s votes since 1920 on taxes, welfare and government spending. He draws a baleful picture, at least for those who favor the early republic’s understanding of government’s role. After excluding other factors such as industrialization and education, Lott found that after steady or falling states’ per capita spending from 1910 to 1920, women’s votes accompanied a doubling in real per capita spending in just 11 years.

The correlation continued: the more women who voted, the larger state and federal spending and the greater progressive taxation became. Adjusting for other influences, Lott argues that there was causation at work as well. Men and women tend to vote differently. Divorced, single, and married women with children to a lesser extent, are more prone to vote for government entitlements than men. Thus it appears that the change in who can vote greatly enlarged the growth of Leviathan’s control over the economy and our lives. Looking at divorces and out-of-wedlock rates from the 1970s on, we might also wonder if the anti-suffragists had a point about how suffrage would affect families. For better or worse, the universal vote turned America on its ear. . . .

Ross Nelson, “The universal vote turned America on its ear,” Inforum (Fargo, ND), Oct 3rd 2020

Economist and gun scholar John R. Lott, Jr., used a Wall Street Journal op-ed Monday to ask voters to imagine how American industry would look if we treated the Ford Motor Company the way Democrat presidential hopeful Joe Biden wants to treat Ruger, Daniel Defense, and Sig Sauer. . . .

He is referencing Biden’s desire to repeal or otherwise cripple the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which protects gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits in situations where the guns were legally made and legally sold.

Biden consistently called for getting rid of PLCAA while on the campaign trail during the Democrat primaries, going so far on February 24, 2020, as to say to gun makers, “I’m going to take you down.”

Lott wants American voters to consider what such a position would do the car industry if they were forced to face the frivolous suits a Biden victory would force gun makers to face. . . .

AWR Hawkins, “Imagine Treating Ford Like Joe Biden Wants to Treat Ruger,” Breitbart, October 6, 2020.

He argued very forcefully and, I might add, logically, that our present government is a direct result of women getting the right to vote. The government has simply grown larger and more expensive as time has progressed. Referring to John Lott, Nelson writes that “the more women who voted, the larger state and federal spending and the greater progressive taxation became.” Perfect logic: first the vote, then large government. . . .

Donald A. Short, “Thank you, Mr. Nelson, you prove my point,” INFORUM (Fargo, ND), October 7, 2020.

. . . John Lott’s experience with The Times is a clarifying example. Lott, the founder and CEO of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of More Guns, Less Crime and other books, is forever trying to get his research to every audience. This has made him a glutton for progressive punishment. In 2018, he pitched The Times an opinion piece on how background checks disproportionately deny gun purchases to law-abiding minorities. 

“The fact-checking and editing lasted three months, with dozens of emails back and forth. One Times employee wrote me: ‘Sorry they made you jump through fiery hoops…,’” says Lott.

Incredibly, Lott got his opinion piece into the pages of The Times; well, it was more a shadow of his article than the actual thing, as they “watered it down into meaninglessness,” says Lott. 

After it ran, one Times staffer emailed Lott: “Everytown [the anti-gun group launched by Mike Bloomberg] and others, have let us know how displeased they are that we ran your piece.” Another Times employee confided in Lott that they had received 75,000 “angry” emails the day after his article ran. Lott soon heard that gun-control groups had organized email and telephone campaigns to pressure The Times into firing the staff who were involved in running his opinion piece.

The next Sunday, The Times tried to quell the criticism by running an editorial calling Lott a “disreputable economist best known for misusing statistics to suit his own ideological ends.” 

“In my case, the orchestrated outrage by gun-control organizations probably had its desired effect. It will be a long time, if ever, before The New York Times publishes another of my opinion pieces,” says Lott. 

Lott explains that “unfortunately, this is a pattern I have seen over and over again at different news outlets; for example, after an organized backlash a couple years ago, The Hill will no longer run my pieces. After publishing 33 of my op-ed submissions without a single refusal, The Hill has since rejected the next 103 pieces, many of which were subsequently published in reputable publications.”

One member of The Hill’s staff privately told Lott that the owner just didn’t want to deal with all of the anger generated by activists regarding his columns. Lott says that editors at places from the Los Angeles Times to the Chicago Tribune have told him similar stories about them being pressured into not running pro-Second Amendment content. Cancel culture, especially when it comes to the truth about guns, is resulting in a lot of censorship. . . .

Frank Miniter, “You Silenced,” America’s 1st Freedom, September 27, 2020.

While gun owners may not be able to counter the big money support, they might be able to turn out enough “gun voters” to make a difference in the Nov. 3 elections. As recently reported in AmmoLand News, the latest report on concealed carry in the United States by John Lott at the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows at least 19.48 million active concealed carry permits and licenses are presently in circulation.

“CCW Tops 1M in 5 States,” Ammoland, October 8, 2020.

The CCW estimate comes from author and researcher John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. During a presentation at the recent virtual Gun Rights Policy Conference, Lott noted there were approximately 2 million active concealed carry permits/licenses in the late 1990s.

“Now,” he reported, “it’s about 19.5 million.”

That, he admitted, doesn’t count the number of armed citizens carrying without a permit or license in the 17 states that have “constitutional carry” statutes allowing carry with no license at all. Nor does it include people in other states who are open carry advocates. . . .

Dave Workman, “CONCEALED CARRY NUDGES TOWARD 20 MILLION,” Guns Magazine, October 2020.

The CPRC study shows nearly 20 million Americans today possess a concealed carry permit. That amounts to a more than seven-fold increase in permit carriers since 1999 when there were 2.7 million. . . .

Larry Keane, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Grows Seven-fold in 20 Years, Still Rising,” Ammoland, October 8, 2020.

As noted by researcher and author John Lott, head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, during the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference, estimated there are now around 19.5 million people with concealed carry licenses or permits across the country. How many more would there be if the process hadn’t been interrupted by the coronavirus shutdown?

Dave Workman, “Dilemma for WA Gun Grabbers in FBI Data, CPL Stats,” Ammoland, October 2, 2020.

Actually, there’s a good deal of evidence that “gun-free” zones may be more attractive to violent criminals. According to data gathered by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a staggering 94% of mass public shootings have happened in “gun-free” zones since 1950.

Is that a coincidence? Unlikely.

Brian McCombie, “Biden’s World: No Firearms Training for Teachers,” America’s 1st Freedom, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Brunson misses another major point, and that is in presuming that gun ownership is a one-sided negative equation. Left out of his analysis are costs society never incurs because gun ownership deterred and prevented violence from occurring in the first place. You don’t get to cite incentivized academic gun-grabbers and pretend that John Lott doesn’t exist.

David Codrea, “‘Pigouvian Tax’ on Guns an Intolerable Act that Will Only Increase Violence,” Ammoland, September 29, 2020.

‐ My SCAAP-extrapolated crime figures actually are lower than those calculated by John Lott. Using Arizona Department of Corrections data spanning 1985–2017, Lott calculates that illegal immigrants in Arizona aged 18-35, for example, are 250 percent more likely to commit crimes than young U.S. citizens. Further, such illegal immigrants commit more serious crimes — such as murder, robbery, and sexual assault.

Peter Kirsanow, “Illegal Immigrants and Crime,” National Review, February 8, 2018.

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