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Our video on Adam Lankford’s false claims on mass public shootings passes 6.4 million view mark, almost 5.5 million on Facebook

24 Jul , 2020   Video

UPDATE: The video that we did with John Stossel on Adam Lankford’s false claims about his claim that 31% of mass public shooters have been in the United States. Despite massive international media coverage and repeated requests from the Washington Post, Real Clear Politics, various researchers on both sides of the gun control debate, and others, Lankford has refused to let anyone see his claimed list of mass public shootings nor answered questions about how he was able to obtain a “complete list” of these attacks around the world in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and even 1990s.…

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New Research in the journal Econ Journal Watch: “Is the United States an Outlier in Public Mass Shootings?”

9 Apr , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and our research director Professor Carl Moody have piece on what we believe has been one of the bigger academic frauds. The paper can be downloaded here.

Abstract

In 2016 Adam Lankford published a widely propagated article purporting to show that during a 47-year period the United States represented 31 percent of worldwide public mass shooters, and claiming that the outsized U.S.

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On The Young Turks: Discussing how Universal Background checks harm poor minorities

16 Jan , 2019   Video

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. spoke with the Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur about how universal background checks disarm poor minorities. The also debated whether more guns mean less crime.

Regarding claims about how crime rates vary across nations see here and how crime rates change after guns are banned see here.…

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

14 Dec , 2018   Video

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

22 Nov , 2018  

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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On the Michael Smerconish Show to discuss our new research on Mass Public Shootings around the world

10 Sep , 2018  

Dr. John Lott was on the Michael Smerconish Show on SiriusXM radio to discuss our new research on mass public shooting rates in countries around the world. This segment was originally supposed to go for “10-12 min – tops 14,” but clearly Dr. Lott remained on the show much longer than that and there were no commercial breaks.…

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Adam Lankford refuses to respond to questions about his research on mass public shootings, refuses offer to debate

5 Sep , 2018  

When will all those gun control advocates and reporters who rely on criminologist Adam Lankford’s research begin asking him to answer questions about his research?

Despite getting massive international news coverage and then President Obama frequently basing his claim that the United States is unique in terms of mass public shootings on Lankford’s research, Lankford has refused to provide even the most basic evidence on his research.…

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News coverage at Fox News: Study claiming US is home of one-third of mass-shooters worldwide debunked; figure less than 1.5 percent

1 Sep , 2018  

Fox News is the latest to have a news article on our latest research comparing the rate of mass shooters across countries. The title of their piece is slightly off. They should have noted that we found the US made up less than 1.5% of mass public shooters. The Fox News article is available here.…

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

30 Aug , 2018  

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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