19 Nov , 2018

Another Mass Public shooting in yet another gun-free zone: Chicago’s Mercy Hospital

A police officer and two others were murdered at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital today. One person was killed outside the hospital and the other two were killed inside it. The killer, Juan Lopez, was himself killed, though it isn’t yet clear if he took his own life or was killed by police.…

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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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8 Nov , 2018

Massacre at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California was in another Gun-free zone: 12 murdered, 18 injured

At least twelve people were murdered and 18 injured at a bar in Ventura County last night. Our hearts go out to those who lost loved family members or friends in the attack. We can’t imagine what is going through the minds on parents.

California issues very few concealed handgun permits and Ventura County is below the state per capita average rate, but permitted concealed handguns are banned in bars and other places where the primary source of revenue is from serving alcohol.…

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27 Oct , 2018

Finally, a president who understands the danger of gun-free zones. President Trump on the mass public shooting at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue.

With at least 8 people killed at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue, Americans want something done that would actually make a difference. President Trump is actually offering useful advice.

President Donald Trump: “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better . . . If they had some kind of protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation.

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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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20 Sep , 2018

At the Daily Caller: There are lots of ways social media outlets can bias political debate

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed at the Daily Caller about the social media bias that we have faced at Facebook.

There are lots of ways that social media outlets can bias political debates. We have heard of everything from accounts being closed down to deciding what stories are listed as trending.

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10 Sep , 2018

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

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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4 Sep , 2018

Bombshell write up from Real Clear Politics: Mass Shootings in America: Anatomy of a Hyped Statistic

A must read: RealClearPolitics’ Washington Bureau Chief has a very detailed article on a completely false and highly influential claim regarding distribution of mass public shootings around the world.

Three years ago, which means it was before the mass murders at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs — but after Sandy Hook Elementary and Fort Hood — a University of Alabama professor sought to answer a chilling public policy question: Do countries other than the U.S.

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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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