31 Mar , 2014

Homicide rates across all countries

Comparing murder rates and gun ownership across countries

Charles Blow in the New York Times last year made the very common argument: “America has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest number of guns per capita . . . .”  In another story, the New York Times quotes researcher David Hemenway as claiming: “Generally, if you live in a civilized society, more guns mean more death.”  CNN’s Piers Morgan believes: “America has the worst incidents of gun murders of any of what they call the civilized world.”  Bloomberg’s Businessweek also made similar claims this spring.  …

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27 Feb , 2014

CPRC at Fox News: “Don’t believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research”

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

If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Thus last month, ABC News reported: “In 1996 the NRA successfully lobbied Congress to pull millions of dollars out of government-funded firearms research.

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27 Feb , 2014


The CPRC is proud to release a new study that is available here.

Here is part of a news story on the report from Fox News:

A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades.

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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.…


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.…


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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