5 Feb , 2015

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67-year-old concealed handgun permit holder fatally shoots one of the two men who tried to rob him

An attempted robbery of a 67-year-old black man by two other men occurred in Cobbs Creek Park, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, February 4th  (click on the above picture to enlarge).  The park is a little west of the Philadelphia Zoo.  The police chief says in a video to NBC 10 News: “to be quite frank with you, [the permit holder] did what he had to do.”  From the Delaware County Daily Times:

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3 Feb , 2015

Rep. Patrick Neville and his wife Kristi and daughters

Survivor of the Columbine High School massacre, now a Colorado state legislator, introduces bill to end gun-free school zones

Newly elected state Rep. Patrick Neville is making a bit of a splash.  From the Denver Post (picture also from Post):

A student who survived the Columbine High School massacre has introduced a bill that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit the right to conceal and carry firearms in public schools.

2 Feb , 2015

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11-year-old girl protects herself with a shotgun from two adults who broke into her home

Mlive.com reports on an 11-year-old in Lapeer County, Michigan who was able to protect herself against two home invaders.

An 11-year-old girl used the shotgun she normally keeps to go hunting with her father to scare off a robber in her home, police said.

The girl was alone at her North Branch Township home on Five Lakes Road about 3:45 p.m.

2 Feb , 2015

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Afghan police arming schoolteachers and university lecturers to protect against terrorist attacks

Since the Taliban massacred 150 people at a Peshawar school in December, the Afghan police are teaching teachers how to use guns to protect their students and themselves.  The CPRC has recently discussed the benefits of letting civilians rather than uniformed police or soldiers to defend targets.  From the New York Times:

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2 Feb , 2015

Question 1

New survey on the views of academic economists who research guns

The CPRC is releasing a new survey entitled: “Economists’ views on guns: Crime, suicides, and right-to-carry concealed handgun laws” (shorter published version is available here).  The survey of economists conducted from August 25th to September 12th 2014 found interesting results including:



Other survey questions are available here.…

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1 Feb , 2015

Paper on the politicization of the FBI forthcoming in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today, March 2015

The paper can be downloaded here.

The abstract     

An FBI report released on September 16th, 2014 makes the assertion that active shooter attacks and deaths have increased dramatically since 2000 – both increasing at an annual rate of about 16 percent. As the headline in the Wall Street Journal stated: “Mass Shootings on the Rise, FBI says.” 

But the FBI made a number of subtle and misleading decisions as well as outright errors.

1 Feb , 2015

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Two burglars were thwarted by a University of Central Florida student with a gun

Students also benefit from the option to protect themselves.  In the video available here, the male student describes how one of the burglars pointed a gun (what turned out to be a pellet gun) at point blank range right at the student’s head.  From WESH.com in Orlando, Florida:

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31 Jan , 2015

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Are guns “more likely to kill you than a car is”? No

The Economist magazine had the headline in mid January: “A gun is now more likely to kill you than a car is.”  It is a claim that has been repeated over and over again (see Forbes, The Atlantic, Slate (question 9), Vox (also at MSN News), RT, college newspapers across the country, Mother Jones, Raw Story, Oregonlive.com, Tucson Sentinel, and related pieces in the Washington Post).…

30 Jan , 2015

CPRC on Frank Beckmann’s Show on WJR, the coming anti-gun push from Bloomberg

CPRC’s John Lott was on the 50,000 Watt WJR from 10:50 to 11:00 AM on Friday, January 30th. Steve Gruber was substituting for Frank. Lott and Steve discussed the huge amounts of money that Bloomberg, various foundations, and President Obama are putting into trying to change people’s views on guns.

Lott was also on the Bob Dutko Show on Thursday, January 29, 2015.…

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30 Jan , 2015

One reason that the surveys on gun ownership may underestimate the number of gun owners

We have pointed out the conflicting polls on the percent of population owning guns, but there is a good reason to believe that these surveys have missed any increase in gun ownership because of an increasing distrust that Americans have in telling pollsters whether they own a gun.   A survey by Zogby Analytics shows that gun owners are almost 6 percentage points more likely than others to tell pollsters that it is none of their business that they own a gun (we had to combine the answers for former gun owners and never been a gun owner to get the total percentages for those who don’t own a gun).…