13 Jul , 2017

Problems with discretion: Few Concealed Handgun Permits Given to Hispanics, Blacks, or Women in Los Angeles County

In 2013, LA Weekly obtained a list of the 341 concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles County, California.  That is only about 0.0045% of the 7.7 million adults living in the county in 2013.  As of January this year, there were only 226 permits, about 0.0029% of the adult population.  …

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7 Jul , 2017

Cases where people facing death threats have been denied getting concealed handgun permits

Martin Luther King Jr is probably one of the more famous cases where someone who received numerous death threats was denied getting a permitted concealed handgun for protection.  Below is a list of similar cases where people who have their lives threatened have been prevented by government officials to defend themselves with a gun.…


6 Jun , 2017

Muslims responsible for at least 80% of the worldwide bombings killing at least 4 people during 2014-15

During 2014 and 2015 there were 1,761 bombings in the world that killed at least four people.  Of those, 1,401 were by radical Muslims, 58 were non-Muslims, and 302 were unknown.  It seems likely that most of those unknown attacks were also by radical Muslims, but even if that isn’t the case, at least 80% of these bombings were done by radical Muslims and possibly as few as 3.3% are done by non-Muslims.  …


25 Apr , 2017

Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders

You can examine the picture of the US counties in more detail by opening it in a new tab.

The Distribution of murders

The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very common.…

22 Feb , 2017

UPDATED: France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted. … I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings: This just doesn’t happen in other countries.” –Obama, news conference at COP21 climate conference in Paris, Dec. 1, 2015

“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.” –Obama, statement on shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Ore., Oct.

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29 Dec , 2016

Is Politifact really the organization that should be fact checking Facebook on gun related facts?

If gun control advocates were more confident with their arguments, presumably they wouldn’t have to so grossly exaggerate their numbers.  On December 27th, 2016 Politifact evaluated this claim that there are 7 children a day who die from guns, and Politifact’s Chris Nichols concluded that this claim by Congresswoman Jackie Speier that “more than seven children PER DAY have died from gun violence” was “mostly true.”

Politifact relies on a quote from the Brady Campaign’s website: “Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence.” The website notes that it crunched CDC data for children and young people through age 19.…


28 Dec , 2016


States with larger percent black populations do seem to be seeing larger percent increases in background checks for guns

With gun sales continuing to increase after the November 8th general election, many have pointed to the increase in gun sales to blacks, though the evidence has been anecdotal.  NBC News contacted gun storeowners who reported seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers.  The National African-American Gun Association saw a 7% increase in members just over the Thanksgiving weekend.…

17 Nov , 2016

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NEW CPRC Research gets attention in Fox News: “White police officers don’t unfairly target black suspects, study says”

John Lott at the CPRC and Carl Moody at the College of William & Mary and the CPRC have a new study on police shootings (a copy of the study is available here).  Fox News had a top of the page news story about our study:

The day after a Minnesota cop was charged in the July shooting death of a black man, an in-depth study purported to show race generally does not play a role in police shootings.


31 Jul , 2016

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New Book: The War on Guns

What are people saying about the book?

“The Second Amendment has no better defender than John Lott. What makes him so invaluable is his ability to go beyond philosophical arguments and to engage opponents of gun ownership on the facts. Through rigorous research and analysis of data, he has been able to show in previous books that increased gun possession can actually make people safer and reduce crime.

27 Jul , 2016

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CPRC research covered in the Washington Times, Breitbart, and Townhall: “Concealed carry permits at all-time high Women, minorities fasting-growing groups seeking license”

The Washington Times article started this way:

Nearly 14.5 million Americans are now licensed to carry a concealed handgun — a jump of 1.73 million in just a year, according to new research that says women and black Americans are among the most eager to sign up.

More than 6 percent of the adult population in the U.S.