“Violent crime is becoming common in Sweden,” as it is throughout the European Europe, report John R. Lott & James Varney at RealClearInvestigations. And an RCI analysis “strongly” links the surge with immigration: “Each one percentage point increase in immigrant population is associated with a 3.6 percent increase” in homicides. The results echo other studies in European countries that show immigrants commit crime at higher rates than the native-born population. A 2020 Swedish study found that from 2002 to 2017 immigrants were suspected in 73% of cases involving murder, attempted murder and manslaughter. In the US, data for such an analysis is “rarely” collected. But in Texas, which does track such stats, illegal immigrants are “convicted of homicide 32% more frequently than the rest of the Texas population.”Compiled by The Post Post Editorial Board, “Crime beat: Linking Crime to Immigration,” New York Post, December 2, 2022.
“As the United States is moving into a post-pandemic era, the number of concealed handgun permits has continued increasing. The figure now stands at 22.01 million – a 2.3% increase since last year,” a report published by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) . . .
Concealed carry permits have increased by 2.3% in 2022 compared to last year, despite nearly half of U.S. states enacting what have been termed constitutional carry laws that don’t require Americans to obtain a government-issued permit to legally carry firearms, a new report shows.Emma Colton, “More Americans legally carrying guns despite slowest increase in CCW permits on record, expert says,” Yahoo! News, November 17, 2022.
Concealed carry permits have increased by 2.3% in 2022 compared to last year, despite nearly half of U.S. states enacting what have been termed constitutional carry laws that don’t require Americans to obtain a government-issued permit to legally carry firearms, a new report shows.
“As the United States is moving into a post-pandemic era, the number of concealed handgun permits has continued increasing. The figure now stands at 22.01 million – a 2.3% increase since last year,” a report published by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), which was provided to Fox News Digital, this week.
CPRC compiled the data using information from concealed carry permits issued in states across the country this year. The report does not rely on surveys on gun ownership or polls, which CPRC argued can lead to people not answering honestly. A concealed carry weapon (CCW) is the practice of Americans carrying firearms in a public space but in a way that is not visible to others. . . .Zoey Khalid, “More Americans Legally Carrying Guns Despite Slowest Increase In CCW Permits On Record, Expert Says,” Globe Echo World News Nov 17, 2022.
However, myths around gun ownership continue to flourish. One report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) argues that FBI statistics consistently undercount the number of instances in which armed citizens thwart crime. That contributes to a narrative in which gun owners are always the bad guys committing crime, rather than the good guys helping stop it. . . .Tim Schmidt, “Responsible gun ownership can help stop crimes,” Dallas Morning News, Nov 12, 2022
Many proponents of capital punishment argue that it is not only just but has deterrent value beyond that of long-term or life imprisonment. Economist John Lott, who heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, notes the eagerness with which murder defendants often seek protracted jail terms rather than death. He cited Charleston, S.C. church shooter Dylann Roof who pleaded guilty and received nine consecutive life sentences in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. He also mentioned the strenuous and successful effort that Parkland, FL school shooter Nikolas Cruz and his attorneys made to secure life imprisonment rather than execution.
“If they didn’t want to avoid the death penalty, why are they fighting it?” he said. “Why do prosecutors all the time use plea bargains with the death penalty there?”
Lott also disputes suggestions that the death penalty is unduly expensive, observing that costs are reduced when prosecutors need not pursue a long trial because they instead reached a plea deal with a defendant hoping to avoid a death sentence.
“It’s true that there are lots of appeals and its true that death-penalty cases are costly, but first-degree murder cases are costly too,” he said. “And what often happens if you have the death penalty on the table is you can make a plea agreement.”Bradley Vasoli, “Death-Penalty Opponents Want Abolition Bills Passed Before Ohio Session Ends,” The Tennessee Star, November 15, 2022.
The Washington Examiner recently reported that Americans now hold just over 22 million such permits, which is up 2.3 percent from last year, according to the John Lott Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .MIKE MASTERSON, “Out of nowhere,” Arkansas Democrat Gazette, November 22, 2022.
Missoula County is also keeping records of video footage taken in and around the Elections Center because of an ongoing lawsuit with a local man suspicious about election fraud.
Plaintiff John Lott with the Missoula County Election Integrity Project brought the lawsuit against the Missoula County Elections Office and Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman. . . .Bret Anne Serbin, “Low voter turnout could lead to slow election results,” Missoulian, November 7 2022.
The Washington Stand acknowledged that the call for peaceful prayer presence comes after the release of a Crime Prevention Research Center study which concluded that pro-life groups are 22x more likely to be attacked than pro-abort groups. . . .TIERIN-ROSE MANDELBURG, “Pro-Lifers Set To Pray At Pregnancy Centers On Election Night,” MRC TV, NOVEMBER 7, 2022
As the Crime Prevention Research Center reported recently, DACA-aged illegal immigrants in Arizona were at least 142 percent more likely to be convicted of a crime than other residents of the state. . . .Kevin Leininger, “Americans aren’t ready for unconditional ‘lebensraum,’ at least not in Spanish,” News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN), December 2, 2022.
. . . But what about the frequency of assault weapons used in mass shootings? Did that change? Economist John R. Lott says: “There was no drop in the number of attacks with assault weapons during the 1994 to 2004 ban. There was an increase after the ban sunset, but the change is not statistically significant.” . . .Benjamin Williams, “Bans on “Assault” Weapons Do Not Reduce Crime,” Mises Institute, November 26, 2022.
Twenty-four states currently have Constitutional Carry laws on their books, which allows law-abiding residents of legal age to carry a handgun concealed for self-defense. On Jan. 1, Alabama joins their ranks. Alongside that growing trend, the number of people submitting to additional background checks, investing the time to meet requirements—which vary by state—and pay for a CCW permit has grown again in 2022.
A report issued by the Crime Prevention Research Center explains, “As the United States is moving into a post-pandemic era, the number of concealed handgun permits has continued increasing. The figure now stands at 22.01 million…” There are now six states with more than 1 million permit holders—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ten percent of the adult population in 17 states have one. Slightly more than 29 percent of permits are issued to females, up from the roughly 28 percent in 2021. The state with the most permits, if you’re wondering, is Florida with a total of 2,570,000.
The study found that roughly 488,000 new permits were issued last year nationwide, but notes, “At 2.3 percent growth over 2021, that is the slowest percent and absolute increase that we have seen since we started collecting this data in 2011. Part of that is due to the number of permits declining in the Constitutional Carry states, even though it is clear that more people are legally carrying.”
Other facts uncovered by the organization’s research include Alabama has the highest percentage of permits among adults—32.5 percent. Indiana pulls in a distant second at 23.4, followed by Georgia’s 15.5. Only four states collect information on ethnicity, but the figures show a big increase in minorities carrying for self-defense. The number of black permit holders grew by 150 percent when compared to those listed as “white.” The ratio of Asians with new permits increased by 114.8 percent, as well. . . .Guy J. Sagi, “Number Of New CCW Permits Still Growing,” American Rifleman, December 3, 2022.
At SSRN. He finds that, despite 24 states having gone to permit-less concealed carry, the number of CCW licenses continues to expand.(He doesn’t count Alabama, since it will only go permit-less on January 1).
Outside of California and New York, 10% of the adult population now has a permit. Even 4.5% of Illinois has one.David Hardy, “John Lott’s latest on CCW,” Of Arms & the Law, November 20, 2022.