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CPRC in the News

19 Jan , 2020  

Newsday, December 12, 2019

John R. Lott Jr., an economist and author of the book “More Guns, Less Crime,” said in an interview that Northwell’s lineup “is pretty one-sided.” 

Lott pointed to a just-published article he co-authored in the libertarian Cato Institute’s Regulation magazine, arguing that “public health researchers are much more supportive of gun control” — red-flag laws, bans on certain weapons or magazines, universal background checks, licensing and registration — “than are either criminologists or economists.”

In another book, “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, he wrote of the public-health approach: “There is no mention that widespread gun ownership deters criminals from breaking into homes.

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Television Shows Misrepresenting Facts: CBS’s SWAT showing Criminals Often Using Machine Guns

19 Jan , 2020   Video

On TV shows, machine guns always seem to be the weapons of choice for bad guys when they get in shootouts with police. Some hyperbole is to be expected on television, but the level of exaggeration has become pretty over-the-top. In real life, criminals use machine guns so rarely that a 2016 survey of prison inmates only broke down the numbers for uses of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.…

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Mexican Elementary School Shooting: Seven shot, one murdered by 11-year-old

18 Jan , 2020  

On January 10th, an 11-year-old last shot seven people and then committed suicide at the Cervantes de Torreón elementary school in Torreón, Mexico.

Ramos shot dead María Medina, a 50-year-old English teacher, last Friday at Miguel Cervantes School in Torreón, Coahuila. The sixth-grader then shot five students and 40-year-old gym teacher Aldo Omar Saldivar, all of whom survived.

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On Philly’s WAEB-AM to discuss Nikki Goeser’s new book “Stalked and Defenseless”

18 Jan , 2020  

Nikki Goeser talked to Bobby Gunther on Philly’s WAEB-AM about Nikki Goeser’s new book “Stalked And Defenseless: How Gun Control Helped My Stalker Murder My Husband In Front Of Me.“

(Wednesday, January 8, 2020)

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At Townhall.com: Gun Control Advocates Ignore the Data On Reciprocity

18 Jan , 2020  

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at Townhall.com on the gun control mess in Virginia. The piece starts this way:

So much of the gun control debate is about things that might go wrong. Democrats, who just took control of the Virginia state legislature, are about to pass a law that will dramatically limit the ability of people with concealed handgun permits from other states to carry in Virginia.

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Television Show Bias Against Guns: CBS’s Blue Bloods claiming easy access to guns causes suicides

17 Jan , 2020   Video

CBS’s Blue Bloods pushes the notion that easy access to guns and street causes suicides. The claim that suicides with guns have a higher success rate than other methods of suicide is simply false. This is not the first television show where the causation between guns and suicide is pushed (e.g., see this other CBS show from 2019).…

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Just days after going into effect, Colorado’s Red Flag law used to falsely target police officer

17 Jan , 2020  

In just the fifth case since Colorado’s Red Flag Law went into effect on January 1st, a mother whose son was shot by a police officer has tried to use the law against the officer. The officer told her son dozens of time to put down the knife that he was threatening people with, but he refused to do so.…

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UPDATED: 20.5 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 24 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

16 Jan , 2020  

CPRC has found that there are at least 21 State Capitols in the U.S. which officially allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees, or all of the above.  Tennessee is the most recent state to allow carrying permitted concealed handguns into legislative buildings.  Some states require the individual have a handgun carry permit before being allowed to enter the Capitol with a firearm.…

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On the Michigan Talk Network to discuss some Marines now allowed to carry concealed handguns on US military bases

16 Jan , 2020  

Dr. John Lott talked to Steve Gruber on the Michigan Talk Network about new rules that allow some Marines to carry concealed handguns on US military bases.

(Wednesday, January 8, 2020, from 8:35 to AM)

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Gun Ownership On Trial: FreedomFest Debate 2019

15 Jan , 2020   Video

Dr. John Lott debated Michael Shermer on “Gun Ownership On Trial” at FreedomFest. The audience was favorably disposed to Dr. Lott, but he won the audience vote by 83% to 17% and won the jury vote by 10 to 2. The jury at least claimed that they could be unbiased, but who knows.…