Finally, Florida has moved to let teachers carry guns at schools. In an overwhelming vote, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission has recognized what the Crime Prevention Research Center has been arguing for years. This AP story was carried in hundreds of news outlets:
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission voted 13-1 to recommend the Legislature allow the arming of teachers, saying it’s not enough to have one or two police officers or armed guards on campus.
While the piece in today’s Wall Street Journal focuses on the 15 known lawsuits that have been brought against a company that makes very inexpensive derringers, our numbers on the huge number of concealed handgun permit holders provide some context about how rare these types of incidents are:
The number of Americans with concealed-carry permits soared to 17.2 million this year, almost four times the number in 2007, according to Crime Prevention Research Center, and 12 states now allow it without a permit.
This has been a very busy news coverage the last couple of weeks with coverage in the Associated Press with stories in hundreds of news outlets, NPR, and our op-ed in the Chicago Tribune picked up in at least 17 other newspapers across the country.
Tallahassee Democrat, November 30, 2018
Florida is one of sixteen states that prohibit guns on college campuses, according to Campus Safety, and is among the 32 states that do not generally allow K-12 teachers to bear arms in the classroom, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Our research on the number of concealed handgun permits received coverage at NPR stations across the country. The number of concealed handgun permits provides some perspective to the 3,896 guns found by people at airports.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, a conservative nonprofit, more than 17.2 million people have concealed handgun permits in 2018, up more than 5 percent this year.
The Associated Press’ article on Florida’s debate over expanding its program to let teachers carry concealed handguns by providing some perspective on how much of the country already allows it. The title of the article is: “Sheriff leading commission investigating Parkland shooting now supports arming teachers.” Their article that was carried by CBS News starts this way:
After the shooting, Florida law was changed to allow school districts to train and arm employees other than teachers, including administrators, librarians and custodians.
E-Consulta, November 16, 2018
La conferencia inaugural de la XI edición de la Ciudad de las Ideas (CDI), que en esta ocasión lleva por lema Burning questions, estuvo a cargo deleconomista y escritor John R. Lott Jr. quien abordó el tema de las leyes que regulan la posesión de armamento.
CNN, Erie News Now, WKTV Channel 2 (Utica, NY), KXLF Channel 4 (Butte, MT), CBS Channel 12 and NBC Channel 24 (Chico Redding, California), KBZK Channel 7 (Bozeman, MT), KXLH Channel 9 (Helena, MT), November 3, 2018
…This is how much more likely undocumented immigrants are to be convicted of a crime than other Arizonans, according to a study of data in that state by economist John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Hot Air, September 7, 2018
Back in 2016, Adam Lankford, a University of Alabama professor, published a study claiming that roughly one-third of the mass shootings in the world take place in America. The study was widely panned almost immediately, with other experts in the field describing it as junk science which should never have made it into print in a scholarly publication, but it served as a perfect vehicle for the media to talk about the need for stricter gun control laws.
Instapundit, September 24, 2018
IS IT TRUE THAT WITH ONLY 4.5% OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION, THE UNITED STATES ACCOUNTS FOR 31% OF ALL MASS PUBLIC SHOOTERS? According to John Lott, the answer is no. He writes: How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S.
New York Post, September 4, 2018
Politicians at Sen. John McCain’s funeral bemoaned the loss of civility in politics, notes John R. Lott Jr. at Townhall, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing this week is proving that. Why? Government has grown “by leaps and bounds,” and decisions “have far-reaching consequences.” A century ago, Lott recalls, federal spending was less than 3 percent of GDP.…