7 Jul , 2019

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

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 with any type of rifle. Among the other findings, about 9 in 10 of the attacks are in gun-free zones, more than half the shooters are over age 30 and over 80 percent are at least 21 years of age.…

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5 Jul , 2019

Twitter has blocked John Lott’s Twitter account for Tweeting about the New Zealand mosque shooter, won’t explain

Twitter has blocked John Lott’s account because of a post about the New Zealand mosque killer, and won’t explain its decision (see pictures). If you have a Twitter account, please consider retweeting the Crime Prevention Research Center’s tweet about this.
The original tweet was completely accurate, and is substantiated here.

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18 Mar , 2019

At Townhall: Media Calls The New Zealand Shooter ‘Right-Wing’

The media wants to call anyone who is a racist a “right-wing” extremist. Here is Dr. John Lott’s take on the mass public shooting in New Zealand.

The Washington Post called the New Zealand mosque shooting “one of the worst cases of right-wing terrorism in years.” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the killer “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.”

“The person giving a sign of allegiance to President Trump is the killer here,” said CNN’s John Berman.

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4 Nov , 2018

The Racial and Gender Demographics of Mass Public Shooters: Middle Eastern people, Asians, Blacks, and American Indians overrepresented. Hispanics most underrepresented

“the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” — CNN’s Don Lemon, October 30, 2018

“I said that the biggest terror threat in this country comes from radicals on the far right, primarily white men.

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31 Oct , 2018

Few mass public killers have obvious political or religious reasons for doing their shootings, vehicle attacks, or bombings

“right-wing terrorism has become far more commonplace — and, since 9/11, far more deadly — than Islamist terrorism in America” — Max Boot, Washington Post, October 28, 2018.

“the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them.” — CNN’s Don Lemon, October 30, 2018

“In a recent analysis of the data by the news site Quartz, roughly 60 percent of those incidents were driven by racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, antigovernment or other right-wing ideologies.

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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.…

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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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