12 Sep , 2018

New FBI report claims that 8% of active shooter attacks during 2014-17 were stopped or mitigated by concealed handgun permit holders, but misses at least half the cases.

Originally posted on May 31, 2018. With the media giving news coverage to a study based on this politically biased data, it seemed useful to again point out the flaws in the FBI’s data.

Original Post: The FBI has now released its third report on active shooters.  The first report covered 2000-2013, and we found 20 missing cases where at least 2 people had been killed. …

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29 Aug , 2018

New CPRC Research: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

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Executive Summary

A paper on mass public shootings by Adam Lankford (2016) has received massive national and international media attention, getting coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, plus hundreds of other news outlets spanning at least 35 different countries.

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17 Aug , 2018

New Study: 17.25 million concealed handgun permits, biggest increases for women and minorities

The CPRC has just issued our newest annual report on the number of concealed handgun permits in the US.  A copy of the report is available for download here.  Some updated numbers are shown at the bottom of this post.  Past reports can be viewed here.  The executive summary is shown here:

Despite the expectations of many after the 2016 elections, the number of concealed handgun permits has again increased.

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15 Jun , 2018

UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 97.8% of attacks since 1950

UPDATE: Original title: “More misleading information from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety on guns: ‘Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings,’ Showing how mass public shootings keep occurring in gun-free zones”  Originally posted on September 9, 2014.

While the first part of the discussion here goes through each mass public shooting from 2009 to 2014 discussed in the Bloomberg report.  …

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29 May , 2018

Correcting Gun Control false claims about “America’s unique gun violence problem” and “How to Reduce Shootings”

UPDATED, originally Posted April 3, 2018: An article at Vox has gained attention for illustrating America’s “unique gun violence problem” in 17 maps and charts.  A similar New York Times opinion piece by Nicolas Kristof has gained attention for illustrating “How to Reduce Shootings.”  Below, we will respond to the individual graphs on Vox’s and then on Kristof’s terms. …

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22 May , 2018

What are the religious views of mass public shooters?

From January 1998 to the present, 69 killers have committed 66 mass public shootings in the US.  Each of these attacks claimed four or more lives.  Of the attackers, four have been identified as Christians, with just three clearly being regular churchgoers.  With 70% of Americans identifying themselves as Christians and over 33% going to church at least once a week, those numbers fall far short of what one might expect.…

23 Apr , 2018

UPDATED: Vehicle attacks around the world since 2000

Terrorist vehicle attacks with 4 or more fatalities are still relatively rare, though they are becoming more frequent. Radical Muslims committed 83% of mass public attacks committed up through the end of 2017.  Including attacks where fewer than 4 victims were killed, 73% of all vehicle attacks were carried out by Muslims.  …

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27 Mar , 2018

Do states with stricter gun control laws have fewer gun deaths? No. Do they have fewer homicides and suicides? Definitely not

Do more gun control laws mean fewer firearm deaths?  Gun control advocates typically provide graphs looking across states that show more gun control laws related to fewer firearm deaths, but there are real problems with this approach.  A Boston University School of Public Health project is one of the latest to make the rounds in various news outlets.…

14 Mar , 2018

With the push to ban guns for those under 21 years of age, what share of Mass Public Shootings are done by those under age 21?

With the push by gun control advocates to ban those under age 21 from owning guns because of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, we decided to examine more closely the ages of mass public shooters over the last twenty years.  The current discussion is obviously motivated because the Parkland killer was 19 years old when he committed his crimes and that motivated Florida to just increase the age that people could obtain any type of gun to 21-years-old.  …

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8 Mar , 2018

Spike in premeditated killing of police officers, changes in who is killing police

Over the last couple of decades, it is hard to see any particular pattern in the number of police officers who have been murdered in the line of duty, but the pattern for ambush killings, attacks that involved premeditation is a different story.  During the years from 20 years from 1996 to 2015, on average 8 percent of police officers who were murdered died in premeditated attacks.  …

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