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With all the concern about assault weapons, how has the share of murders with rifles changed over time?

4 Nov , 2019  

With all the concern about assault weapons since the federal ban sunset in 2004, it is interesting to see what a small share of murders are committed with any type of rifle and how even that share has fallen over time. The percentage of firearm murders with rifles was 4.8% prior to the ban starting in September 1994, 4.9% from 1995 to 2004 when the ban was in effect, and just 3.6% after that (3.9% if you look at just the first ten years after the an ended).…

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New Concealed Carry Report for 2019: 18.66 million permit holders despite 16 Constitutional Carry States, over 1.4 million more than last year

2 Oct , 2019  

A copy of our newest report is available here. Copies of our annual reports from 2014 through 2018 are available here.

Summary

The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million– a 304% increase since 2007.  …

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New Research: Do Researchers from Different Fields have a Consensus on Gun Control Laws and do Registered Voters Agree with any of them?

2 Sep , 2019  

Dr. John Lott joined with Professors Arthur Z Berg, MD and Gary A. Mauser in surveying criminologists, economists, and public health researchers on gun control. A copy of the new research is available here.

Abstract

Hundreds of millions of dollars go to firearms research on crime, suicides, and accidental deaths, but the vast majority of the money, particularly government money, is being spent on public health research.

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Breaking down Mass Public Shooting data from 1998 through June 2019: Info on weapons used; gun-free zones; racial, age, and gender demographics

7 Jul , 2019  

The Excel file with detailed information on mass public shootings is available here. With all the discussion about having another assault weapon ban, only 13% of mass public shootings are done solely with any type of rifle. Twenty-eight percent involve only a rifle or a rifle in combination with a handgun and/or a shotgun.…

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Showing how the percent of adults with concealed handgun permit changes in states over time from 2013 to 2018

29 May , 2019  

The graphs and tables below allow you to see how the percent of adults with concealed handgun permits are changing in states from 2013 to 2018. On the top right of graph is a toggle that allows you set the graphs for any years from 2013 to 2018 or over a range of years.…

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Major New Research on School Safety: Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours

13 May , 2019  

Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns are Extremely Safe: Data on the Rate of Shootings and Accidents in Schools that allow Teachers to Carry

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After the Columbine school shooting 20 years ago, one of the more significant changes in how we protect students has been the advance of legislation that allows teachers to carry guns at schools.…

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New Research in the journal Econ Journal Watch: “Is the United States an Outlier in Public Mass Shootings? A Comment on Adam Lankford”

9 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and our research director Professor Carl Moody have piece on what we believe has been one of the bigger academic frauds. The paper can be downloaded here.

Abstract

In 2016 Adam Lankford published a widely propagated article purporting to show that during a 47-year period the United States represented 31 percent of worldwide public mass shooters, and claiming that the outsized U.S.

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UPDATED: Why we shouldn’t depend on mental health professionals to detect mass killers: Elliot Rodger’s slipping “under the radar” is hardly rare

11 Feb , 2019  

Frequently, the proposed solution to these mass shootings is to simply spend more money on mental health.

MAJOR GARRETT: . . . Do you believe the legislation the Senate did not pass would have made any difference in this case [the Elliot Rodger’s shooting]?

SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: The legislation that failed to pass–it got support from fifty-five senators–would have provided a mental health initiative with more resources, greater ability for the Santa Barbara police to intervene–to use the sheriff’s word–to have professionals trained in diagnosing and detecting this kind of derangement.

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New Research on Red Flag Laws: Do Red Flag Laws Save Lives or Reduce Crime?

20 Jan , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and Professor Carl Moody have new research on the Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Orders. A copy of the new research can be obtained here.

Abstract

Red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary.…

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

13 Jan , 2019  

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 on “How to Reduce Shootings” and another at the BBC titled “America’s gun culture in 10 charts” have gained attention.  …

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