15 Apr , 2019

CPRC on The Michigan Talk Network: The media exaggerates impact of U.S. border closure

Dr. John Lott spoke with Steve Gruber about the national news media’s silly exaggerations of the U.S. border closure. We will not run out of avocados. We will just get them from other sources. The U.S. spends 50% more educating illegals than we spend on food from Mexico.

More information is available here.…


15 Apr , 2019

At Townhall.com: The Second Amendment Stories the National Media Fail to Report…or Get Completely Wrong

Dr. John Lott has a new piece on mass public shootings that have been stopped by concealed handgun permit holders. The piece starts this way:

Did you hear about this case? A man went into a dentist’s office, killed a woman, and took aim at others before being wounded by a concealed handgun permit holder.


14 Apr , 2019

Denver Post interviewing the CPRC about the 20th Anniversary of Columbine massacre

Dr. John Lott was one of the people interviewed by the Denver Post about the 20th Anniversary of Columbine massacre. Here is the discussion that they had with him.

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” said mass killers often choose a soft target or “gun-free zone” — such as schools — to carry out their attacks.


14 Apr , 2019

UPDATED: Compiling Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass public shootings and other mass attacks

This post was originally written on April 21, 2015.

In a Washington Post in an April 20, 2015 column, Eugene Volokh asks: “Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?”  We provided Volokh with a list of cases that used permitted concealed handguns.

Below we have collected news stories on more of these cases.  …


13 Apr , 2019

CPRC’s Nikki Goeser on The Michigan Talk Network: Red Flag Laws

Nikki Goeser talks with host Steve Gruber about Red Flag Laws. Nikki Goeser is a survivor of a violent crime in a Gun-Free Zone, where her husband was murdered in front of her by her stalker. Even after going through something as horrific as this, Nikki understands the importance of due process and how Red Flag Laws can violate that due process.…

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13 Apr , 2019

CRPC in the Associated Press: On Florida approaching 2 million concealed handgun permit holders

The Associated Press has an article on Florida approaching 2 million concealed handgun permit holders. The attached national graph is from the Associated Press article.

Florida had a total of 1,971,997 currently valid concealed weapon permits as of March 31, according to the latest figures from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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12 Apr , 2019

Defensive gun uses by people legally carrying guns over the past two months

Sullivan County, TN, February 13, 2019 (WJHL News 11)

This first example is the type of case you only would have seen on the national news if the law-abiding citizen wasn’t here with a gun to stop the attack. A shooting at a dentist office in Colonial Heights, Tennessee was stopped by Larry Seagroves, a concealed handgun permit holder.…

12 Apr , 2019

Toronto Police Association says that national handgun ban won’t stop criminals from getting guns

With Canada government considering a ban on handguns, the Toronto Police Association has spoken out against the ban.

“There’s no way in my world or any world I know that this would have an impact on somebody who’s going to go out and buy an illegal gun and use it to kill another person or shoot another person,” Mike McCormack, the president of the Toronto Police Association, said Friday.


11 Apr , 2019

At National Review: Bernie Sanders Is Wrong: Felons Shouldn’t Vote from Prison

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at NationalReview.com about Senator Bernie Sanders’ proposal that felons in prison be able to vote. The piece starts this way:

Democrats used to argue that once felons had served their time, they had paid their debts to society and should be able to vote.


10 Apr , 2019

Debate on The Red Elephants between Steven “Destiny” Bonnell and John Lott on Gun Control

Steven “Destiny” Bonnell and Dr. John Lott debated gun control on the Red Elephants and Destiny youtube channels. Mr. Bonnell has a large following by young people on social media. While this was billed as a debate, it turned into more of a discussion than a debate.

Among the links discussed during the debate were:

— The literature on Right-to-Carry Laws

— Paper cited by Bonnell claiming that Right-to-Carry Laws increase crime (here and here)

— New York Times piece on background checks

— The last annual report on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system background checks

— Homicide rates before and after gun bans

— Regarding international homicide and firearm homicide data

The original posting of the debate is back up on YouTube and can be seen here.…