16 Jun , 2015

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UPDATED: Trend of people feeling that guns make them safer continues: “Americans Prefer Living in Neighborhoods With Guns”


Last November and December, we posted discussions of recent Gallup, Washington Post-ABC News, and PEW surveys showing that people viewed gun ownership made them feel safer. Now a new Rasmussen survey shows that Americans feel safer when others in their neighborhood owns guns.

American Voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.

13 Jun , 2015

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CPRC on CNN to discuss the false claim that gun licensing reduced firearm homicides in Connecticut by 40%

Carina Storrs with CNN interviewed John Lott, and tried to get across the point that you can’t cherry pick one law in one state when many places are changing their laws.  Unfortunately, she left out the main point that even for Connecticut there was no real evidence that the licensing law was responsible for this drop in firearm homicides (e.g., even their comparison would have show a relative increase in firearm homicides in Connecticut if they had added just one more year of data).  …

12 Jun , 2015

CPRC on Lars Larson’s National Radio Show and Coast-to-Coast AM to discuss new claims about the benefits of Gun Licensing and Errors in the FBI Study on Public Shootings

John Lott talked to Lars Larson and George Noory on their national radio shows about errors in the FBI study on public shootings as well as new claims about the supposed benefits of gun licensing.

Lars Larson (Thursday, June 11th, 8:20 to 8:42 PM) audience size 1.25+ million

George Noory (Friday, June 12th, 1:07 to 1:10 AM)  audience size 2.75+ million

12 Jun , 2015

CPRC on Washington DC’s WMAL to Discuss Errors in FBI study on Public Shootings

John Lott joined Larry O’Connor on Thursday, June 11th to discuss the errors in the FBI study on public shootings that came shortly before last November’s election (5:07 to 5:14 PM).

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11 Jun , 2015

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Bloomberg’s School of Public Health Cherry Picked Claim that firearm homicides in Connecticut fell 40% because of a gun licensing law

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University put out this press release on a paper by Rudolph, Stuart, Vernick, and Webster:

A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license – contingent on passing a background check – in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the state’s firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests.

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9 Jun , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “There is no nationwide crime wave (and police killings are not up)”


From John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News:

Since 1991, murder and violent crime have plummeted in the U. S. But in a widely discussed op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “The New Nationwide Crime Wave,” Heather Mac Donald recently made a startling claim: “Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America.” She demonstrated this by citing murder rate increases in six cities.

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9 Jun , 2015

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CPRC in the Wall Street Journal: Authors of FBI Report on Public Shootings admit “our data is imperfect”


For months John Lott had tried getting a response from the Department of Justice and the authors of a FBI report on “active shooters” regarding errors that the CPRC had found. Lott then published our research in the March 2015 issue of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, pointing out how the errors mistakenly lead to the conclusion that attacks were increasing over time.…

9 Jun , 2015

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CPRC on the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal: “What National Crime Wave?”



Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott talked with Mary Kissel and said there is no evidence that crime or police shootings are rising nationwide.

9 Jun , 2015

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CPRC on the Michigan Talk Network: US Supreme Court refusal to grant Cert on San Francisco gunlock law and Open Carry Debate

John Lott discussed a recent Supreme Court decision and the issue of Open Carry with Steve Gruber Tuesday, June 9th, 6:35 to 6:45 AM.

6 Jun , 2015

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New Jersey Woman stabbed to death by ex-boyfriend while she was waiting for months for the police to approve her permit to own a gun

Carol Browne, 39, had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and had put in a security system as well as cameras all around the outside of her house.  But those obviously had no effect on stopping her ex-boyfriend from stabbing her to death late this last Wednesday night.  Restraining orders work on after someone has broken them.  …