12 Oct , 2014

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CPRC in the New York Post: “The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings”

John Lott’s newest piece in the New York Post discusses our recent study and starts this way:

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

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12 Oct , 2014

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Grossly misleading claims about black teens being “vastly more likely to be killed by police than whites even after adjusting for crime rates”

Sometimes racial discrimination is occurring and should be pointed out, but sometimes false information is being used to unjustifiably inflame concerns. The claims being put forward by Slate and Pro Publica are simply very misleading. From Slate:

“The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.” .

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11 Oct , 2014

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CPRC on CNN: Notes on California’s new gun violence restraining orders (UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune picks up on CPRC’s discussion)


The CNN debate shown in the above youtube video was broadcast on the Michael Smerconish Show at 9:30 to 9:35 AM and 6:30 to 6:35 PM EDT, Saturday, October 11, 2014.

California has long allowed police who believe that someone represents a danger to themselves or others to take the person in for a psychiatric evaluation with a police psychiatrist.…

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11 Oct , 2014

Should firearms owners be required to obtain gun liability insurance?

While there is insurance for people who carry permitted concealed handguns, specifically to pay of legal costs and potential liability (e.g., see here), a number of states have been considering legislation mandating that people who own guns be mandated to have liability insurance in case their guns cause any harm (in 2013, gun liability insurance bills were filed in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.).…

10 Oct , 2014

CPRC at CNN: “Why blacks should have more guns”

CNN’s John Blake has a new article on how race and guns. Bob Cottrol is also interviewed for the piece. Here is part of the discussion:

Some gun rights advocates say contemporary black communities could learn from that tradition of self-defense.
Restrictive gun control laws often victimize black people more than any other group because they suffer disproportionately from violent crime, says John R.

10 Oct , 2014

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The incredibly flawed FBI study on active shooters, CPRC original research


The figure using the FBI data pretty much summarizes their claim: from 2000 to 2013, fatalities from public shootings in the US have grown by an average annual rate of 16.4%. While the FBI report provides graphs illustrating “active shooting incidents,” not mass shootings, given the way that the report was written, the media has understandably interpreted the report as implying that mass public shootings have massively increased over time.…

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9 Oct , 2014

CPRC in the Washington Times: “Bloomberg group’s mass-shootings report ‘riddled with errors’: gun reseacher”

From The Washington Times:

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is “riddled with errors,” including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter’s mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott.  

8 Oct , 2014

CRPC on ‘On Point with Tomi Lahren’


The promo for our discussion starts at 2:30 into the segment
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7 Oct , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun propaganda”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups release a report, they consistently garner massive, uncritical news coverage.  Alas. With the huge number of factual mistakes in these reports, you would think that reporters would have grown wary of pushing their propaganda.

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4 Oct , 2014

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CPRC on John Stossel’s Fox News Show discussing Bloomberg’s false claims on guns

CPRC’s John Lott appeared on John Stossel’s show to discuss people’s fears about guns and analyze two television ads put out by Michael Bloomberg’s gun control groups.  John Stossel’s show invited Bloomberg’s various gun control organizations to send a representative to debate on guns, but, as they have done so many times in the past, Shannon Watts and the rest of Bloomberg’s staff declined to participate.  …

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