27 Jan , 2015

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Do “more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings”? Yes.

Leonard Pitts, Jr. starts off his national newspaper column this way:

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don’t.

Yet, Mr. Pitts is the one who is wrong.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, between 2006 and 2010 a total of 303 children under age 5 years old drown in just bathtubs (see page 8).  …


27 Jan , 2015

New Hope City (MN) Council Member John Elder responds to attack on council by drawing gun

When shots rang out in the New Hope City Council (Minnesota), Council Member John Elder, a former police officer, drew his permitted concealed handgun to protect those who were at the meeting. An armed attacker shot at a group of uniformed police officers, wounding two of them (they are OK).  Other officers returned fire, killing the man.…


26 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Michigan Talk Network discussing why people are buying guns and people’s changing views on guns and gun control

John Lott talked to Steve Gruber on Thursday, January 22, 2014 from 8:35 to 8:41 AM.

24 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Lars Larson Show to discuss the polls on gun control and media bias

John Lott was interviewed by Lars Larson on Thursday, January 22nd, 2014 from 6:05 to 6:15 PM EST.

Lott was also interviewed by Mike Gallagher earlier that day about terrorist from 10:35 to 10:40 AM EST.…

23 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Dana Loesch Radio Show to discuss new background check proposals and defensive gun uses

John Lott appeared on Dana’s national radio show twice yesterday (Thursday, January 22nd, 2014 at 2:23 to 2:30 PM and 3:05 to 3:16 PM).

The first segment discusses recent statements by media figures as well as a claim in Politico  that defensive gun uses are a myth.

The second segment discusses the push for “expanded” background checks.…

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23 Jan , 2015

The impact of the CPRC: Our research being used in debates over gun control

North Dakota’s House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this week on bill that “would allow elected officials with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a firearm in public buildings.” From the Bismarck Tribune (North Dakota) discussing the debate over the bill:

. . . “Statistics show that there is a direct correlation between the increase in the number of conceal-carry permits and the decline of violent crime,” [Rep.

19 Jan , 2015

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CPRC on Canada’s Sun News Network: “Shoot an intruder in Idaho & the intruder goes to jail. In Canada the shooter might.”

CPRC’s John Lott discussed the Michael Woodard defensive gun use case in Canada with Brian Lilley.  The Idaho case that Brian mentions is available here.


19 Jan , 2015

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Counties around Portland, Oregon experience explosive 41% or more growth in concealed handgun permits from 2011 to 2014

Portland’s GoLocalPDX has a lead news story on the growth of concealed carry permits in the Portland area.  Not enough information is presented in the article to determine the permit growth rate for all three counties, but Multnomah and Washington counties had a 41 percent growth in permits between 2011 and 2014 (42840/30429).  …

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18 Jan , 2015

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CPRC in the New York Times: Are people carrying permitted concealed handguns into airports really significant?

The Sunday New York Times piece by Kate Murphy has this:

. . . The Crime Prevention Research Center used public records to count 12 million Americans with concealed-carry permits. It’s probably a low estimate as numbers are not available for all states that issue licenses, and five states and most of Montana don’t even require permits to carry.

18 Jan , 2015

CPRC on the Larry Elder Show discussing Terrorism in Europe, claims about defensive gun uses, and the Sentencing Guidelines

CPRC’s president, John Lott, was on Larry Elder’s show on Friday to discuss a range of issues from terrorism in Europe to recent claims in Politico about defensive gun uses.  The segment was on from 7:15 to 7:30 PM on Friday, January 16th, 2015.