21 Feb , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: Media cherry picks Missouri gun data to make misleading case for more control

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News discusses the forthcoming study in the Journal of Urban Health that has been getting a lot of media attention. His piece starts this way:

With headlines claiming “Study Shows Gun Control Works,” media outlets such as CBS, MSNBC, PBS, Washington Post, and BBC were breathless over a soon-to-be-released study by Daniel Webster in the Journal of Urban Health.

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17 Feb , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: “Bloomberg’s latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality”

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

Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence?

Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage.

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17 Feb , 2014

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Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns claim that school shootings aren’t getting media attention


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Bloomberg’s groups claim that shootings at schools are ignored and don’t get media attention. Well, of 44 claimed cases the groups point to since Newtown, 24 of them were covered by USA Today. Five others were covered in at least New York Daily News (when the events were even no where near New York) or on the CBS Evening News.…

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17 Feb , 2014

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How has the number of people killed in non-gang, non-suicide shootings at K-12 schools changed over the last 20 years?

UPDATED INFORMATION is available here..

UPDATE: Problems with the Bloomberg claims on school shootings is available here.


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Using data from the National School Safety Center, Slate, and Michael Bloomberg shows a significant drop in firearms deaths over the last 20 years.…

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7 Feb , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “ABC News reports on guns mislead Americans”

John Lott’s piece at Fox News started this way:

Gun control advocates not only push new fees and taxes on guns to reduce ownership, but they also employ another tactic: scaring people into not owning guns.

Last week, on January 31, ABC News saturated its news programs with the alleged danger of gun ownership.

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1 Dec , 2013

Murder and homicide rates before and after gun bans

Original post: Every place that has been banned guns (either all guns or all handguns) has seen murder rates go up. You cannot point to one place where murder rates have fallen, whether it’s Chicago or D.C. or even island nations such as England, Jamaica, or Ireland.

For an example of homicide rates before and after a ban, take the case of the handgun ban in England and Wales in January 1997 (source here see Table 1.01 and the column marked “Offences currently recorded as homicide per million population,” UPDATED numbers available here).  …

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