4 Aug , 2019

What does the El Paso WalMart killer’s manifesto show?

The killer’s manifesto made a couple of things clear.

  1. He is a racist who identifies with the Christchurch shooter. The New Zealand killer was a socialist/environmentalist.
  2. The El Paso killer is also an environmentalist. His environmentalism is also the basis for his racism and anti-immigrant views: “Our lifestyle is destroying the environment of our country.

29 Jul , 2019

Another mass public shooting at another gun-free zone: the Gilroy Garlic Festival attack

UPDATE: Governor Newsom: “This is insane. Only in America, only in America, here we go again.” Yet, few seem to realize how much more common mass public shootings are in the rest of the world, including parts of Europe. An earlier similar study was published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Original Post: Santa Clara County where the attack occurred at the Gilroy Garlic Festival provides an all too typical example.…


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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10 Jun , 2019

DRAMATIC REVELATION: The day of the Virginia Beach shooting one of the victims considered taking a gun to work over concerns about a colleague, but didn’t because of gun-free zone

We have previously pointed out how the shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal building was a gun-free zone. From The Virginian-Pilot (June 10, 2019) has this dramatic revelation:

Kate Nixon considered taking a gun to work on May 31, the day a co-worker killed her and 11 others in the country’s deadliest mass shooting this year, an attorney for her family said on a radio show Monday.


3 Jun , 2019

At Townhall.com: What Gun Control Advocates Fail to Grasp After Mass Shootings

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at Townhall.com on the Virginia Beach shooting. The employee handbook info regarding employees being banned from having guns is available here.

Another horrifying attack and immediately gun control politicians and organizations are calling for more gun control laws. Former Vice President Joe Biden; Sens.


2 Jun , 2019

UPDATED: Another mass public shooting, another place where the victims were banned from carrying guns, the attack at Virginia Beach

[Originally posted on Saturday, June 1] Another horrifying attack and immediately gun control politicians and organizations are calling for more gun control laws. Former VP Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and many others put out calls for more gun control within a few hours of the tragedy.…


3 May , 2019

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

This is a revised, updated version of a post originally written on April 21, 2015.

Columnist Eugene Volokh wrote in the Washington Post on April 20, 2015: “Have civilians with permitted concealed handguns stopped such mass shootings before?”  We provided Volokh with a list of such cases, which he used.

Below, we have collected news stories on more cases of permit holders stopping mass public shootings with their handguns (we separately collect cases where concealed handguns are used to stop other crimes).  …


14 Apr , 2019

Denver Post interviewing the CPRC about the 20th Anniversary of Columbine massacre

Dr. John Lott was one of the people interviewed by the Denver Post about the 20th Anniversary of Columbine massacre. Here is the discussion that they had with him.

John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” said mass killers often choose a soft target or “gun-free zone” — such as schools — to carry out their attacks.


9 Apr , 2019

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

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.


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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15 Mar , 2019

Civilian apparently cut short attack at Second Christchurch Mosque, only 7 died at that Mosque versus 41 at other one

UPDATE: The original news reports suggested that a Muslim at the Mosque had run home (presumably very nearby) to get his gun to stop the attack. Well, new reports suggest something quite different happened. There are basic inconsistencies between the two reports.

The original reports suggest that the Muslim was able to fire the gun at the attacker, but the other articles suggest that he took the gun from the shooter and didn’t know how to fire it.…

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