14 Nov , 2017

At The Hill: “It’s time for more parishioners to lock and load when they go to church”

With all the discussions of whether people should carry their permitted concealed handguns with them to church, Dr. John Lott has this new piece in The Hill newspaper.  The article starts this way:

There are simply too many targets for police to be able to guard everyone. And even when they are in the right place at the right time, an officer’s uniform is like a neon sign saying, “Shoot me first.”

It’s also not realistic to keep terrorists and criminals from getting weapons.

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12 Nov , 2017

At Fox News: Good guys with guns saving lives

With all the discussions about people having guns at churches for self-defense, Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Fox News that details some of the cases where people have used permitted concealed handguns to stop mass public shootings:

Stephen Willeford’s heroic actions last Sunday saved many lives at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

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23 Feb , 2017

CPRC interview in America’s 1st Freedom: “Anti-Gun Lies About Mass Shootings”

This is from part of Dr. John Lott’s interview with America’s 1st Freedom:

It’s likely nobody anywhere has done more research on, or knows more about, mass shootings than researcher John Lott. Author of the recent book The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, Lott is also head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, an organization dedicated to providing an objective and accurate scientific evaluation of both the costs and benefits of gun ownership.

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22 Feb , 2017

UPDATED: France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)

“With respect to Planned Parenthood, obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those impacted. … I say this every time we’ve got one of these mass shootings: This just doesn’t happen in other countries.” –Obama, news conference at COP21 climate conference in Paris, Dec. 1, 2015

“We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.” –Obama, statement on shootings at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Ore., Oct.

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30 Jan , 2017

UPDATE: CPRC Original Research: All but one of the 20 worst mass public shootings, 45 of the worst 50, occurred outside the United States

Picture of victim being removed from ISIS attack in Tunisia that left 39 people dead

LAST UPDATED: November 1, 2017;  April 29, 2016 (originally posted on June 28, 2015) (Detailed discussion on Europe and the rest of the world can be found in Dr. Lott’s new book, The War on Guns.…

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20 Sep , 2016

UPDATED: Compiling Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass public shootings and other mass attacks

This past Friday, an Uber driver with a permitted concealed handgun stopped what likely would have been a mass public shooting.  Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the Uber driver had still already taken care of the situation before they arrived. From Mitch Dudek in the Chicago Sun-Times (April 2015):

An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors.

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15 Jun , 2016

Bill Clinton

UPDATED: Bill Clinton claims “more people would have been killed” if clubgoers were armed, but can he point to one example where that has occurred?


So much of the debate on guns involves things that might possibly go wrong.  But what is the evidence.  First here is Bill Clinton’s claim on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

BILL CLINTON: Did you see how dark it was?
Moderator: Yes
Clinton: I think that it is likely that more people would have been killed.

2 Jun , 2016

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In the Bataclan theatre massacre in November 2015 there were eight off-duty police, but none of them had their guns with them

Interview with Eagles of Death Metal vocalist Jesse Hughes, who discussed the Bataclan attack in Paris that killed 89 of his fans.

We had eight police officers in our audience that night. They all had the same conversation with their wives, which was “Should I bring my gun or not?” All of them said no.

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31 May , 2016

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Evaluating the New York Times’ investigative report: “A Drumbeat of Multiple Shootings, but America Isn’t Listening”

On May 22nd, the New York Times published an investigative report on mass shootings. It claimed that about three-quarters of mass shootings involved blacks. 86 percent occurred in zip codes “poorer than the nation as a whole.” But their data came from less than reliable sources.

“The Times compiled its list of 358 shootings with four or more casualties from largely crowd-sourced lists managed by the social media network Reddit and Gun Violence Archive”

There is a reason that researchers generally rely on FBI and CDC data rather than media reports.…

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8 Apr , 2016

Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley says 8 minute response time in mass public shootings is fast enough

Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley says 8 minute response time in mass public shootings is “adequate” and “pretty quick,” opposes letting soldiers carry weapons on military bases


Here is a video clip of the Army chief of staff testifying on April 7th that it isn’t necessary to arm soldiers on military bases, such as Fort Hood attack, because:
“We have adequate law enforcement on those bases to respond … You take the Fort Hood incident number two, the one where I was the commander of Third Corps, those police responded within eight minutes and that guy was dead.”  (This discussion starts at 1:57 into the video.)
It is true that 8 minutes is a “pretty quick” response time, as the General says, but to say that eight minutes where 3 people were killed and another 14 were injured is “adequate” is pretty amazing.  …

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