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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15 Jun , 2018

UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 94% of attacks since 1950

UPDATED on July 6th, 2019: Original title: “More misleading information from Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety on guns: ‘Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings,’ Showing how mass public shootings keep occurring in gun-free zones”  Originally posted on September 9, 2014.

While the first part of the discussion here goes through each mass public shooting from 2009 to 2014 discussed in the Bloomberg report.  …

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14 Mar , 2018

With the push to ban guns for those under 21 years of age, what share of Mass Public Shootings are done by those under age 21?

With the push by gun control advocates to ban those under age 21 from owning guns because of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, we decided to examine more closely the ages of mass public shooters over the last twenty years.  The current discussion is obviously motivated because the Parkland killer was 19 years old when he committed his crimes and that motivated Florida to just increase the age that people could obtain any type of gun to 21-years-old.  …

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14 Feb , 2018

UPDATE: CPRC Original Research: All but two of the 25 worst mass public shootings, 60 of the worst 68, occurred outside the United States

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

LAST UPDATED: Updated on February 14, 2018.  Previous 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.…

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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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