30 Oct , 2015

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New “Mothers Against Gun-Free Zones” Citing CPRC Research

Christy Stutzman, the mom of a high schooler and the wife of Congressman Marlin Stutzman, announced the formation of a new organization called “Mothers Against Gun-Free Zones.”  From her piece in today’s Washington Times:

. . . My No. 1 priority is to know with assurance that my son will be kept safe in every way and that, if attacked, he will have the ability and freedom to defend himself.

21 Oct , 2015

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CPRC in the news around the world: The UK Guardian, Detroit Free Press, Orange County Register, and others

The Orange County Register (Orange County, California) and the Press Enterprise (Riverside County, California), October 20, 2015

But if someone is intent on breaking laws against murder, it is safe to assume that laws creating “gun-free zones” will not deter them. In fact, in many cases, it seems to attract them, as they can feel comforted knowing that they will be able to wreak their havoc upon a large number of helpless victims unable to fight back.

20 Oct , 2015

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CPRC at the Voice of America on School Shootings

Voice of America, October 13, 2015

Critics, such as John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, take issue with Everytown’s numbers.

“A number of fact checks have found significant mistakes in Everytown’s report,” Lott said in an email. “Among their mistakes, they include: shootings that are off of school property and do not involve people who have anything to do with the school, legitimate self defense gun uses, and gang shootings and lone suicides that were well outside of school hours that do not involve anyone connected to the school.” .

15 Oct , 2015

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CPRC in the Washington Times about claims that Australian and British gun control laws made their countries better

In the Washington Times on October 14, 2015:

But John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said gun-related homicides and suicides were declining in Australia even before the restrictions were imposed, and the trend simply continued after the new laws.

“It’s really hard to look at Australia and find anything that goes and supports the clamor of gun control advocates,” he said.

15 Oct , 2015

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CPRC’s research discussed in the New York Times, providing context on how rare bad actions by permits are

In a case where a concealed handgun permit holder in Michigan may have used excessive force with her permitted concealed handgun to stop a shoplifter, the New York Times references the CPRC’s John Lott.

John Lott, an economist, author and prominent advocate of concealed carry, said millions of people have concealed carry permits, yet incidents like these “are incredibly rare.” .

13 Oct , 2015

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CPRC Testimony before the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee on Eliminating many Gun-free zones

John Lott testified before the Michigan state Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 3 PM.

MLive.com had this:

His comments were echoed by John Lott, author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” a book that has become a central document for gun rights advocates since its first edition was published in 1998.

13 Oct , 2015

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CPRC in the News: News Coverage from around the US

Washington Post, October 8, 2015

But pro-gun-rights economist John Lott Jr. wrote in his 2003 book, “The Bias Against Guns,” that states with conceal-and-carry laws did have lower firearm murder and injury rates. He’s also argued that guns can be a powerful deterrent: A research paper of his cites a 1986 survey in which 56 percent of felons across 10 state prisons said they would not attack a potential victim known to be armed.

6 Oct , 2015

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Other news coverage of the CPRC

October 5, 2015

Even if Clinton’s proposals were implemented, writes Fox News’ John R. Lott, they wouldn’t have stopped the Umpqua attack last week, nor the mass public shootings throughout Obama’s presidency. Lott argues that government databases used for background checks are “rife with errors” and repealing immunity for gun manufacturers would usher in unfair lawsuits that raise the price of guns “for protection.” Clinton’s proposals, concludes Lott, do not “address the obvious problem of gun-free zones and will ultimately make Americans less safe.” .

5 Oct , 2015

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CPRC’s Research Discussed Twice in the Washington Post

Glenn Kessler had this Fact-check article on Obama’s statements on guns last week:

Gun rights advocates have disputed some of National Journal’s criteria as arbitrary and haphazard. John R. Lott Jr., a gun rights analyst, noted that California, Illinois, and Washington are coded by National Journal as states without “stand your ground” laws — which permit the use of deadly force in self-defense in public.

2 Oct , 2015

CPRC in the New York Daily News on the Oregon Shooting

From the New York Daily News:

John Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, pointed to the fact that none of the security guards at the college were armed, hinting the attack could have been stopped in its tracks if they had weapons. He made a similar argument after four Marines and a sailor were killed in the June attack on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.