8 May , 2014

CPRC at National Review: “The Shaky Case against the Death Penalty”

How far will death penalty opponents go to advance their cause? Our newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:

After the recent mishandled execution in Oklahoma, in which the murderer ended up dying from a heart attack, death-penalty opponents pounced.

Not surprisingly, the Sunday-morning talk shows focused on whether we should keep the death penalty.

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7 May , 2014

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Is the death penalty racist? Are executions disproportionately affecting any particular race?


Data on homicide offenders by race from 1976 to 2005 is available here. After that the data is available from the annual FBI UCR reports.
The bottom line is that while whites account for less than half of murderers, they are almost two-thirds of those who are murdered.
If one looks at the rate of death penalty convictions by race, you will also see that whites are disproportionately likely to have death penalty convictions.…

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7 May , 2014

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Are there any cases where DNA evidence proves that an innocent person was put to death?


The one modern case that death penalty opponents point to that comes closest to meeting this claim involves Claude Jones Texas, who was convicted in 1989 and executed in 2000. Two pieces of evidence were involved in his trial: the testimony of two accomplice who planned the robbery with Jones and who provided him with the gun used in the killing as well as a hair sample at the scene that turned out to be someone else’s.…

6 May , 2014

CPRC on Fox News to discuss Chicago’s policing policies and restrictions on poor people being able to defend themselves


Appearance: Saturday, April 26th, 9:33 to 9:37 PM. Here is a rough transcript.

Judge Jeanine: With me now, political commentator, author of seven books [actually eight] including More Guns, Less Crime, John Lott. Okay. More Guns, Less Crime. That is counter intuitive. What does that mean?

Lott: Just as you can deter criminals with higher arrest rates or conviction rates, the fact that victims can defend themselves can also deter criminals.

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5 May , 2014

Human Events and The Examiner note the importance of the CPRC’s crowd funding effort.

The link to the crowd funding page is available here.

Guns & Patriots at Human Events: GUN RIGHTS FOES RELY ON SHODDY STUDIES, SLACK STATS

The economist, who is the leading expert on gun violence statistics, told Guns & Patriots that gun control advocates produce faulty research to confuse the public and further their gun ban agenda.

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5 May , 2014

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Who commits murder?: Not who you think

Remember the saying that the spouse is almost always the one who committed the murder? Or the fear that people should have of family members who might harm you?
Take the breakdown of the 16,272 murders in 2008.

Family current of past, immediate family or not

9.4% are murders committed by the Husband, Wife, Common-law Husband, Common-law Wife, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Brother, Sister, In-law, Stepfather, Stepmother, Stepson, or Stepdaughter.

30 Apr , 2014

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Mass shooting yesterday at FedEx facility in Kennesaw Georgia took place in yet another “gun-free zone”

UPDATE: John Lott’s newest Fox News piece is on this: Media bias on gun free zones. The piece goes through errors in discussions by the Wall Street Journal on this shooting.

Picture from the Associated Press
Picture from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When are news reports going to mention the simple fact that yet another attack has occurred in a gun-free zone?…

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29 Apr , 2014

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CPRC at National Review: “Bogus Gun-Control Numbers: To prove that concealed handguns are dangerous, the Violence Policy Center cooks the books”

How far will gun control advocates go to advance their cause? The newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:

People walking the streets armed with guns are dangerous, right? With all 50 states finally allowing concealed handguns to at least some degree and with over 11 million Americans now having permits to carry them, this question ought to have been settled.

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28 Apr , 2014

Debate over gun free zones on Southern California Public Radio

The audio of the discussion on KPCC is available here.

Where should people be allowed to bring their guns? What will the impact of looser regulations be at the state and national level? How would a program that allows nationwide concealed weapons work? What are the potential risks and benefits?

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