On Allentown, Pennsylvania’s WAEB: Joe Biden’s proposed lawsuits against gun makers and sellers

24 Oct , 2020  

Dr. John Lott talked to Allentown, Pennsylvania’s WAEB about Joe Biden’s proposed lawsuits against gun makers and sellers and what that would mean for people’s right to self-defense.

(Monday, October 12, 2020, from 9:05 to 9:30 AM)


Defensive Gun Use, Featured

Ten cases over the last few years where people have had fire ten or more shots in self defense

22 Oct , 2020  

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but here are ten cases where law-abiding citizens, some of them concealed handgun permit holders fired at least 10 shots in self-defense.

A dozen shots fired, Columbus, Georgia, October 17, 2016

A Columbus homeowner opened fire on four men burglarizing his McNeese Drive home Monday afternoon, hitting at least one suspect, police say.


TV Bias On Guns: MTV’s Teen Wolf “I Don’t Like Guns”

18 Oct , 2020   Video

Media bias on guns takes many forms. Here is an all too typical example where a character simply comes out and says: “I don’t like guns.” In an episode titled “The Benefactor,” MTV’s Teen Wolf has a episode where they first show a man almost accidentally shooting his son and then a completely different scene where another man explains that “I don’t like guns” to a woman wants to teach him how to use guns for self-defense.…



CPRC in the news: Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Daily Wire, NewsMax, Microsoft News, Breitbart, and more

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.

Featured, Radio

On Minneapolis’ KKMS: Discussing the Democrats plans for abolishing the filibuster and what it means for gun control laws

11 Oct , 2020  

Dr. John Lott was on KKMS to discuss Democrats plans for abolishing the filibuster and what it means for gun control laws.

(Monday, October 5, 2020, from 6:05 to 7:00 PM)

Part 1 of interview on KKMS Part 2 of interview on KKMS

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Announcing New Member to the CPRC’s Board of Directors

9 Oct , 2020  

Joseph E. Olson has been a Professor of Law (now Emeritus) at MitchellHamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 1974.  He attended Duke Law School graduating with Honors and was selected for the Order of the Coif.

He has an interest in firearms regulation both as a Constitutional and a practical matter.  As…


Dr. Robert F. Turner Named President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC)

9 Oct , 2020  

While CPRC founder Dr. John Lott is away on temporary leave, the Board of Directors of the Crime Prevention Research Center has selected Dr. Robert F. Turner to serve as the Center’s second President effective October 12, 2020.

Dr. Turner holds both professional (JD) and academic (SJD) doctorates from the University of Virginia School of Law, where in 1981 he cofounded the Center for National Security Law—the world’s first think tank specifically focused on issues of national security law. …

Featured, op-ed

In the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Beware a filibuster-free Senate, The changes they would bring could produce a very different country than the one we see today

7 Oct , 2020  

Dr. John Lott and CPRC Board Member Joe Olson have an new op-ed piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that discusses what is at

For months, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Senate Democrats have talked about eliminating the filibuster. With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, some Senators have said they must get rid of the filibuster so that they can pack the Supreme Court.


Products that are much more dangerous than guns

5 Oct , 2020  

There are 8.4 million motorcycles in the US, and they account for about 4,614 deaths and 196,974 Nonfatal Emergency Department Visits. When you compare that there are about 400 million guns in the US, the rate of both deaths and injuries from motorcycles is astronomically higher than for guns, but there are lots of links and calculations involved so I will put it together in one link for you.…


The percent of guns that are ever used in Crime, Suicides, or Accidental Gun Deaths is well below 1 Percent

5 Oct , 2020  

Less than 1% of guns are ever used to cause harm. There are several factors that have to be looked in making this calculation.

1) There were 279,417 gun crimes reported to police in 2019 (https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/table-19 and https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.xls). The number increases to about 400,000 when you use the National Crime Victimization Survey numbers.…