20 Mar , 2019

In the Washington Times: When the media makes Trump a target

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in the Washington Times. His piece relies heavily on our research on mass killings around the world.

The national Sunday morning talk shows blamed President Trump for the New Zealand massacre that left 50 dead. CNN’s Jake Tapper warned: “I don’t think moderate Republicans are doing enough to hold President Trump accountable for his rhetoric.” NBC’s Chuck Todd noted supposed parallels to the killer’s rhetoric, and asked: “When the President uses the term ‘invaders,’ does that dehumanize to the point where it can get misused?”

The media made Trump its singular target, but not even Democrats were completely spared from the frenzy of critical reactions.

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15 Mar , 2019

Mass Public Shootings around the World: In two days there were large mass public shootings in Brazil and New Zealand

The attack at a public school in Suzano, Brazil on March 13th, 2019, resulted in eight deaths and 23 people wounded. Two former students committed the massacre, and they reportedly modeled their attack after the Columbine attack, the 20th anniversary of which will fall next month. The weapons used were a .38 caliber revolver, crossbow, bow and arrow, and hatchet.…

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14 Dec , 2018

Stossel TV on “The Myth of U.S. Mass Shooters”

From Stossel TV:

Dozens of news outlets reported that America has the most mass shooters in the world. Many say that shows America needs more gun control.
CNN claimed that “the U.S. has the most mass shootings”. The WSJ reported that “U.S. leads the world in mass shootings.” Nearly every major media outlet, and Former President Obama, said the same.

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22 Nov , 2018

New CPRC Research: Mass Public Shootings are much higher in the rest of the world and increasing much more quickly

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Executive Summary

The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much bigger than for the United States.

Over the 18 years from 1998 to 2015, our list contains 2,354 attacks and at least 4,880 shooters outside the United States and 53 attacks and 57 shooters within our country.

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8 Nov , 2018

The Number of Mass Public Shootings by year since 1998, comparison to international number of such shootings over time

This graph shows the number of mass public shootings per year from the beginning of 1998 through today, November 8, 2018. Our data set is available here. 2018 has the second highest number of mass public shootings over those 21 years, with 2012 having the highest number. The third highest number was in 1999.…

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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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18 Oct , 2018

Twenty killed in school shooting massacre in Crimea, wounds more than 65, 10 in critical, 5 in coma described as “extremely grave”

Unless you watch the news closely you likely missed the news that a day ago there was a very deadly mass public school shooting in Crimea. It will probably be another day or so until there is a good idea how many people were killed by eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov. This case will quickly be forgotten in the news coverage.…

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30 Aug , 2018

At the New York Post: America doesn’t actually lead the world in mass shootings

Drs. John Lott and Michael Weisser have an op-ed in Friday’s New York Post.

The claim that the US has by far the most mass public shootings in the world drives much of the gun-control debate. Many argue that America’s high rate of gun possession explains the high rate of mass shootings.

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29 Aug , 2018

New CPRC Research: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

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Executive Summary

A paper on mass public shootings by Adam Lankford (2016) has received massive national and international media attention, getting coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, plus hundreds of other news outlets spanning at least 35 different countries.

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23 Apr , 2018

UPDATED: Vehicle attacks around the world since 2000

Terrorist vehicle attacks with 4 or more fatalities are still relatively rare, though they are becoming more frequent. Radical Muslims committed 83% of mass public attacks committed up through the end of 2017.  Including attacks where fewer than 4 victims were killed, 73% of all vehicle attacks were carried out by Muslims.  …

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