2 Nov , 2014

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Gallup survey on why people own guns: Personal safety is by far the #1 reason

Gallup claims that concerns about personal protection is the reason that support for more gun control has dropped to 47 percent, with 52 percent wanting to either keep the current regulations or eliminate some of them.

Personal protection is the top reason Americans own a gun, as was true in 2000 and 2005.

1 Nov , 2014

Do Right-to-carry laws reduce violent crime?

A 2012 survey of the literature is available here.  Some of the peer-reviewed research showing that concealed carry laws reduce violent crime is listed here.  For those interested in seeing our debate with Scientific American over whether some of the studies listed below should be included in our list, please see the discussion available here.…

1 Nov , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Hidden consequences of Washington State’s gun background check Initiative 594”

CPRC’s John Lott has another piece at Fox News that starts this way:

Let’s say a stalker is threatening a female friend of yours. She asks you if she can borrow your handgun. She is trained and has no criminal record. Should you loan her your gun?

If you live in Washington State, loaning her your gun may soon make you a criminal and will likely land you in prison.

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30 Oct , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We’re sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense”

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

The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks.

Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals.

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30 Oct , 2014

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UPDATE: CPRC testimony on gun control before the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (Audio of testimony included)

UPDATE: The audio of John Lott’s testimony is available here. The graphs presented to the committee are available in the link below providing the CPRC testimony.   It was an honor for the CPRC to be invited to address the Australian Senate on this important topic.

Original Post: A notice of the public hearing before the Australian Senate later today (5:30 PM EDT US) is available here.  …

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29 Oct , 2014

CPRC on the Mike Rose Show on Denver’s KOA: Discussing claims that police disproportionately shoot black male teenagers

John Lott joined Mike on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 4:05 to 4:30 PM EDT (available here).…

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29 Oct , 2014

CPRC on the Lars Larson Radio Show: “Is the attack in Canada proof that restrictive gun laws don’t work?”

John Lott joined Lars Larson’s national radio show to discuss the attack on the Canadian Parliament building (October 23, 2014 from 6:37 to 6:45 PM EDT available here).…

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24 Oct , 2014

CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM discussing terrorist attack in Canada

John Lott talked to George Noory about the terrorist attack in Ottawa, Canada. The discussion was on Thursday, October 23, 2014 from 1:07 to 1:11 AM EDT (audio available here).…

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23 Oct , 2014

Lott-Kesten piece in the Advertiser

CPRC opinion piece on gun bans in the South Australian newspaper The Advertiser

The opinion piece that John Lott with Kesten Green, a professor at the University of South Australia, appeared in the Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser. We will try to add a link to the original article later.
(Click on figure to enlarge copy of the op-ed.)

UPDATE: The Advertiser has added a link for the op-ed piece available here.…

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22 Oct , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: “The truth about young black men and police shootings”

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

Tensions are still high in Ferguson, Mo., after the Aug. 8 police shooting of Michael Brown. On Friday, it was reported forensics showed Brown’s blood was on both the inside of police officer Darren Wilson’s car as well as Wilson’s gun.

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