22 Mar , 2014

CPRC’s new op-ed piece in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review: “No more sitting ducks — we must arm our soldiers on their bases”

John Lott’s newest piece was the featured commentary in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Sunday opinion section and it starts this way:

Can mass shootings be stopped or prevented? The Obama administration’s political views prevent it from even considering certain obvious solutions.

On Tuesday the Department of Defense released its report on the Sept.

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19 Mar , 2014

Department of Defense report on Washington Navy Yard Shooting completely ignores problems with gun-free zones

The Department of Defense report on the September 16th, 2013 Navy Yard shooting focuses on Aaron Alexis’ mental health issues not being discovered before the attack:

At various points during Alexis’ military service and subsequent employment as a cleared contractor — from the background investigation in 2007 to the disturbing behaviors he exhibited in the weeks leading up to the shooting — the review revealed missed opportunities for intervention that, had they been pursued, may have prevented the tragic result at the Washington Navy Yard.

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17 Feb , 2014

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CPRC at Fox News: “Bloomberg’s latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence?

Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage.

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17 Feb , 2014

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Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns claim that school shootings aren’t getting media attention


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Bloomberg’s groups claim that shootings at schools are ignored and don’t get media attention. Well, of 44 claimed cases the groups point to since Newtown, 24 of them were covered by USA Today. Five others were covered in at least New York Daily News (when the events were even no where near New York) or on the CBS Evening News.…

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17 Feb , 2014

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How has the number of people killed in non-gang, non-suicide shootings at K-12 schools changed over the last 20 years?

UPDATED INFORMATION is available here..

UPDATE: Problems with the Bloomberg claims on school shootings is available here.


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Using data from the National School Safety Center, Slate, and Michael Bloomberg shows a significant drop in firearms deaths over the last 20 years.…

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15 Jan , 2014

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Evaluating Mother Jones’ “10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down”

The fact that federal court judges are citing Mother Jones’ claims about guns as evidence, particularly for what is cited, is pretty disappointing. We were recently asked to evaluate Mother Jones’“10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down.” Virtually all these responses were widely available in the literature, but unfortunately Mother Jones neither acknowledges nor addresses this literature.…

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12 Jan , 2014

CPRC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: On why gun control is becoming even more impossible to impose

The op-ed piece in the Inquirer starts this way:

The new year has brought yet more gun-control regulations. President Obama announced new executive orders on background checks. Connecticut citizens stood in long lines to register their guns, and, next door in New York City, registration lists are used to confiscate them.

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