Result for: Politifact

12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations about gun control: France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire 8 years of Barack Obama

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “NRA’s Loesch cherry-picks terrorism deaths in France to argue against assault weapon ban.”    They rate the claim as “mostly false.”  On ABC News’ This Week Dana Loesch had this to say:

Loesch: “France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire two administrations of Barack Obama.  


12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations of gun control: Questioning the claim that police are convicted at higher rates than permit holders

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “Florida lawmaker repeats dodgy claim about crimes by cops vs. concealed permit holders.”  They rate the claim as “false.”

This is in response to our research “comparing conviction rates of police and permit holders.”  The Florida State Representative, Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers), who made the claim being evaluated made a somewhat different statement: “A law enforcement officer is more likely to commit a crime than a CWP (concealed weapons permit) holder.”

1) The data on police counts the number of reported cases, not the number of officers involved in the crimes.  


19 Jan , 2017

CPRC on several weeks of Steve Gruber’s Show discussing everything from how Politifact covers gun issues to the Ft Lauderdale attack to Constitutional Carry

Constitutional Carry on the rise in many states. What does Lott hope with a Trump presidency.

(Tues. Jan 17, 2017 from 6:45 to 6:53 AM)

“Ft Lauderdale Airport killer once again extensive interaction with mental health professionals failed to identify someone as a danger to others or himself.”

(Tues. Jan 10, 2017 from 6:45 to 6: AM)


“Is Politifact really the organization that should be fact checking Facebook on gun related facts?”


13 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the Orange County Register: Should Facebook be depending on [California] PolitiFact to filter ‘reputable’ articles?

Dr. John Lott had an op-ed in the Orange County Register on California Politifact’s biases on the gun control issue.  The piece started this way:

. . . Take a couple of PolitiFact California’s two most recent evaluations concerning gun violence.

• “Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, more than seven children per day have died from gun violence” (California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, December 14th, 2016).


4 Jan , 2017

CPRC on the Larry Elder Show: On Politifact’s Claim that it is “Mostly True” that 7 “children” die a day from gun violence

Dr. John Lott appeared on the national Larry Elder Show to discuss Politifact’s Claim that it is “Mostly True” that 7 “children” die a day from gun violence.  A detailed discussion and links on the points raised in interview are available here.

(December 29, 2016 from 6:35 to 6:43 PM)

1 Jan , 2017

CPRC in the News: Politifact, The Village Voice, Breitbart, and local newspapers across the country

Idaho State Journal (Pocatello, ID) Lead story, December 29, 2016

. . . In December 2012, 85,535 Idaho adults had concealed weapons permits, according to a report published by the Pennsylvania-based Crime Prevention Research Center.

As of December 2016, 131,665 Idaho adults possessed such permits, according to the Idaho Bureau of Criminal Identification.

29 Dec , 2016

Is Politifact really the organization that should be fact checking Facebook on gun related facts?

If gun control advocates were more confident with their arguments, presumably they wouldn’t have to so grossly exaggerate their numbers.  On December 27th, 2016 Politifact evaluated this claim that there are 7 children a day who die from guns, and Politifact’s Chris Nichols concluded that this claim by Congresswoman Jackie Speier that “more than seven children PER DAY have died from gun violence” was “mostly true.”

Politifact relies on a quote from the Brady Campaign’s website: “Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence.” The website notes that it crunched CDC data for children and young people through age 19.…

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14 Jul , 2016

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CPRC in the Washington Post and Politifact on Obama’s claims about the ease of teenagers getting guns

“We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book.”

— Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 in a speech at a memorial service in Dallas

Both Washington Post and Politifact interviewed Dr.…

16 Apr , 2015

CPRC in Politifact on which states have the most concealed handgun permits

From Politifact Florida:

We interviewed John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center which compiles data on gun permits in states. Lott, an academic and Fox News columnist, published the book More Guns, Less Crime through the University of Chicago in 2010.

He said there are four factors that influence the number of gun permits in a state: the amount of fees, hours of required training, how many places people can or can’t carry their firearms and how many years the rules have been in effect.

31 Jul , 2019

At Townhall: Ilhan Omar Defended by Media and Fact Checkers

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments about terrorism. The piece starts this way:

As if Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) hasn’t already said enough controversial things, a new video surfaced this week of an old interview with her on Al Jazeera.

In the clip, Al Jazeera asks her about attacks in the U.S.