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Maryland State Legislators Sign Letter Demanding Gun Stores in the State be Closed

3 Apr , 2020  

Fifty-eight state legislators in Maryland have signed a letter to the Governor Larry Hogan demanding that the state close gun stores in the state.

The ability of gun stores to remain open during this pandemic is worrisome for many Marylanders. Less than two weeks ago, a long line extended outside and around the corner of a gun store in Silver Spring.

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New Research Published at Econ Journal Watch: How the U.S. Compares to Other Countries in the Rate of Public Mass Shooters

3 Apr , 2020  

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. and our research direct, Professor Carlisle E. Moody, have published a new research paper at Econ Journal Watch.

Abstract

Adam Lankford (2016) claims that the United States accounted for 31 percent of the world’s public mass shooters over the 47 years from 1966 to 2012. After four years of extensive worldwide media coverage, Lankford—in response to our paper (Lott and Moody 2019)—finally made one of his datasets available.

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Massive gun sales in March 2020

1 Apr , 2020  

The number of NICS checks involving gun sales was 2.3 million in March. There is no month that comes even close to these sales, even when sales were booming during the Obama presidency. Compare it to March 2019 where the sales were 1.2 million or March 2018 where the sales were 1.4 million — so last month was a 91% or 64% increases over those comparable months.…

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Television Shows Continued Obsession With Criminals Using Machine Guns, Linking AR-15s to the guns used by the military

1 Apr , 2020   Video

TV shows continually illustrate criminals using machine guns. In this story that spans an episode of two separate CBS shows on the FBI, white supremacists kidnap a school bus full of young children using AR-15s (FBI S2 E18 and FBI Most Wanted S1 E9 March 24 2020). The show explicitly states that these are the types of guns used by the military.…

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PragerU on “Gun control does NOT equal less gun violence” references Crime Prevention Research Center

31 Mar , 2020   Video

PragerU has a video on gun control that references the CPRC research on mass public shootings in gun-free zones and the impact of Australia’s 1996-97 gun buyback on crime rates. The number we have on mass public shootings in gun-free zones since 1950 is 94%.

If we had been consulted for this video, we would have cut out the comparison that compared the number of guns Americans with gun crime rate (comparing gun ownership rates with crime rates would have made more sense).…

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US Department of Homeland Security declares that firearms related workers are “essential”

29 Mar , 2020  

The US Department of Homeland Security declares: “Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” are essential.

This decision will have an impact on various court cases across the country where state and local governments have shutdown the gun stores as not being “essential.”

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On Nashville’s giant 50,000 watt WLAC: On our empirical work on the Coronavirus and seasonality

28 Mar , 2020  

Dr. John Lott joined The Tennessee Star Report’s Michael Patrick Leahy on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC to discuss our new empirical work on the Coronavirus and seasonality.

(Tuesday, March 24, 2020, from 8:21 to 8:30 AM)

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Possible Mass Public Shooting stopped by permit holder in Tulsa shopping center

28 Mar , 2020  

A dramatic shooting was stopped on Friday night, March 27th, 2020 at a shopping center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This attack fits definition of what could have been a mass public shooting: a shooting in pubic that did not involve some other type of crime. Without the permit holder there to stop the attack, it could have resulted in multiple deaths.…

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On The Larry Elder Radio Show: To discuss mayors and governors as they deem gun shops “not essential”

26 Mar , 2020   Video

Dr. John Lott was on Larry Elder’s national radio show to discuss mayors and governors as they deem gun shops ‘not essential,’ and force them to close. Is this a wise policy?

(Wednesday, March, 2020, from 7:21 to 7:30 PM)

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On The Lars Larson Show discussing our research on the Coronavirus

24 Mar , 2020  

Dr. John Lott appeared on both the Lars Larson National and Northwest Radio Shows to discuss our work on whether the Coronavirus will recede as spring arrives and on quantifying the benefits from Trump’s policies.

(Friday, March 20th, 2020)

The Northwest show appears on 21 radio stations, including KVI in Seattle, KXL in Portland, and KXLY in Spokane, with about 350,000 listeners.…

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