20 Jun , 2015

Dylann Roof

Yet more evidence that these killers are deterred by people with guns: Charleston, South Carolina Church Shooter

We have previously pointed out how mass public shooting after mass public shooting keep occurring where guns are banned. Here is yet another case of these killers avoiding places where people with guns might be able to stop their killing spree. From the Associated Press:

Last week, while they were drinking in the back of Scriven’s house, Roof blurted out his plan about carrying out a mass shooting at the College of Charleston.

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12 Jun , 2015

CPRC on Washington DC’s WMAL to Discuss Errors in FBI study on Public Shootings

John Lott joined Larry O’Connor on Thursday, June 11th to discuss the errors in the FBI study on public shootings that came shortly before last November’s election (5:07 to 5:14 PM).

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2 Jun , 2015

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Georgia County Sheriff: “in my opinion [concealed handgun permit holder] saved other lives in that store”

Conyers, Georgia, Sunday, May 31, 2015, The Rockdale Citizen

Often it is claimed that citizens who stop mass public shootings don’t get news coverage because they stop anyone from being killed.  But in this case two people were killed before the permit holder was able to stop the attack.

A customer who fired back at the suspect who killed two people in a Ga.

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31 May , 2015

Notes on the James Holmes Batman Movie Theater Shooting case: Maximize killing and Deterrence matters for these mass killers

This past week we finally got a look at the diary of the Batman movie theater killer, James Holmes, and it was clear that he was considering both attacking an airport and a movie theater.  But he turned down the airport option because he was concerned about their “substantial security.”  While Holmes’ diary was no where near as detailed as Elliot Rodger’s, the Santa Barbara killer from last year, it still shows that he was concerned about avoiding people who might stop his attack.…

9 May , 2015

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Two concealed handgun permit holders, both volunteer firemen, stop mass public shooting


New Holland, South Carolina, May 5th, 2015, Fox Carolina:

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Firefighters said they may have stopped a massacre after a gunman surprised them at their station Tuesday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the New Holland Fire Department’s Station 2 around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

18 Apr , 2015

CPRC on DC’s WMAL to discuss the Virginia Tech Shooting 8th Anniversary

John Lott was on Washington DC’s WMAL with Larry O’Connor to discuss the Virginia Tech Shooting 8th Anniversary (Audio, Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 5:35 to 5:50 PM0.

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4 Apr , 2015

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Kenya gun laws leave victims defenseless

Remember what happened after the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya in late 2013? From a piece that the CPRC had in the Chicago Tribune:

Right after the Kenya attack, Ronald Noble, the secretary-general of Interpol, which is a world version of the FBI and headquartered in Lyon, France, noted two means of protecting people from mass shootings.

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24 Mar , 2015

Is FBI fudging crime report statistics

Fox News stories on our research about the FBI fudging mass shooting statistics is at the very top of the website and is the most viewed story

The Fox News story is available here.  If you are interested in reading our original report that will be published this week in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Today, please download it here.  Right now the coverage of our report is at the very top of the Fox News website.…

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12 Oct , 2014

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CPRC in the New York Post: “The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings”

John Lott’s newest piece in the New York Post discusses our recent study and starts this way:

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

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10 Oct , 2014

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The incredibly flawed FBI study on active shooters, CPRC original research


The figure using the FBI data pretty much summarizes their claim: from 2000 to 2013, fatalities from public shootings in the US have grown by an average annual rate of 16.4%. While the FBI report provides graphs illustrating “active shooting incidents,” not mass shootings, given the way that the report was written, the media has understandably interpreted the report as implying that mass public shootings have massively increased over time.…

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