10 Mar , 2014

CPRC on the Dennis Miller Show: Discussing Background Checks and Bloomberg Funded Research

The audio of John Lott’s interview with Dennis Miller is available here (March 10, 2014, 12:35 to 1 PM).

Dennis Miller’s kind endorsement of the CPRC at the end of the interview:

We are talking to John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, and if you ever see that name or that organization’s name ascribed to a study I would encourage you to read it because John will follow the data and I think just present you with the facts of it.

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4 Mar , 2014

CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM to discuss Obama’s Expanded Background Checks

The audio of John Lott’s interview on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory is available here. Lott was in the news segment for 3 minutes to discuss the Obama administration implementing his executive orders on background checks.


4 Mar , 2014

CPRC at Investor’s Business Daily on the 20th Anniversary of the Brady Law: “Brady Law Has Done Little To Keep Guns Out Of Criminals’ Hands”

The Brady Law stops law-abiding Americans, not criminals, from getting guns. John Lott’s piece at Investor’s Business Daily starts this way:

Last Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the so-called Brady Law, a federal gun control in honor of James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s former press secretary who was wounded in John Hinckley’s assassination attempt.


22 Feb , 2014

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Obama’s impact on US gun sales, a warning about using NICS checks to measure gun sales

Gun sales have exploded under the Obama administration even while crime rates have fallen. Jason Riley has recently made that point in the Wall Street Journal. NICS checks for guns are a rather imperfect measure of gun sales. People can buy multiple guns with one sale. NICS checks are also inflated because they are used by states to periodically check concealed handgun permit holders.…


20 Feb , 2014

CPRC on KMOX to discuss new studies funded by Bloomberg on school shootings and Missouri

John Lott appeared on the Mark Reardon Show on KMOX to discuss new research funded by Michael Bloomberg on schooling shootings and Missouri ending its universal background check rules for handguns. The audio of the interview is available here (KMOX, Thursday, February 20, 4:05 to 4:14 PM CST).

Note: There was an error at the beginning of the segment suggesting that Bloomberg gave money to the CPRC.…

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18 Feb , 2014

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What does Missouri show about the benefits from universal background checks?: Nothing really. Notes on the forthcoming Journal of Urban Health study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health

There has been some attention given yesterday and today about a study coming out from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University:

Repeal of Missouri’s background check law associated with increase in state’s murders

Missouri’s 2007 repeal of its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law, which required all handgun purchasers to obtain a license verifying that they have passed a background check, contributed to a sixteen percent increase in Missouri’s murder rate, according to a new study from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

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4 Feb , 2014

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Fewer than 1 percent of state prison inmates obtained their guns at the time of offense from gun shows, costs of regulations exceed benefits

What is interesting is the remarkable consistency of the rate that criminals obtained their guns from gun shows (a copy of the earlier report is available here).

One problem with using these surveys is that people think that if one were to actually stop all criminals from obtaining guns from gun shows or through some other way, that will actually stop the criminals from getting guns.…


18 Jan , 2014

CPRC on Washington DC’s big WMAL to discuss recent gun control issues

John Lott was Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor’s guest on Friday morning to discuss a range of gun control issues from background checks to the large push by Michael Bloomberg, liberal foundations, and the federal government to fund research that will support their gun control efforts (audio for the January 17th show is available here).…

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6 Jan , 2014

CPRC on Chicago’s WIND AM talking to Big John Howell and Amy Jacobson

The discussion focused on everything from Illinois’ new concealed carry law to background checks (audio of the 12 minute interview is available here)

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3 Dec , 2013

CPRC in the news about Obama’s push for Sandy Hook anniversary events

Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller has this:

. . . But at least one prominent gun and crime researcher says he thinks that the OFA campaign is misleading.

“Obviously background checks wouldn’t have stopped Newtown,” John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.