Another outlet has discussed our survey of academics’ views on guns.
A new report from the Crime Research Prevention Center shows gun ownership makes people safer.
The report, obtained by LifeZette, surveyed academics worldwide who published peer-reviewed, empirical research in criminology and economics journals. They said guns are used more for self-defense than to commit crimes; that having a gun in the home does not increase the risk of suicide; that gun-free zones attract criminals; and that concealed carry rights reduce the murder rate.
On February 17, 2016, Jazz Shaw had an extensive write up on our new survey of economists and criminologists on guns.
A number of recent news items regarding proposed gun control legislation offer an opportunity to look at the way that the media covers the scientific side of such questions and the sources they rely on in their reporting.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
There are a lot of discussions in Tennessee about Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey’s push to eliminate gun free zones in the state Capitol area. Here is one example of the impact that the CPRC is having. Central Tennessee’s NPR affiliate WKNO’s Chas Sisk noted this (3:18 into the interview):
Well, you know I think that a lot of law makers want to see restrictions on where you can carry lifted entirely.
Five News Stories across Tennessee
WZTV Fox 17 Nashville News, February 9, 2016
Nashville, Tenn — Author and national gun law commentator Dr. John Lott spoke before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday in favor of a series of bills that expand where you can carry your gun.
“I would argue these gun free zones are providing a hazard,” said Lott.
The Blaze, Friday, February 12, 2016
Academia is generally viewed as a liberal bastion, but one survey finds that despite their broad political leanings, college professors who have studied the impact of guns on society believe ownership of firearms makes the country safer.
The academic survey by Gary A.
The Daily Times (Salisbury, Maryland), February 5, 2016
What Obama proposed would do absolutely nothing to remedy this problem. According to John Lott, who created the Crime Prevention Research Center, Obama had most of his conclusions exactly backward.
Unlike Obama and many proponents of gun-control legislation, Lott defines his terms clearly and precisely, and he cites the sources for his data.
The Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has a story about how the last two months have seen a record breaking increase in the number of concealed handgun permits in the state.
. . . More than one in eight adults in South Dakota boasts a permit to carry a concealed weapon, enough to make the state one of — if not the most heavily permitted in the nation.
Washington Post, January 18, 2016
The number of concealed handgun permits has increased over the past decade, from 4.6 million in 2007 to more than 12.8 million in 2015, according to a recent report from the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
Santa Fe New Mexican, January 26, 2016
An increasing number of Americans, including New Mexicans, are obtaining licenses to carry handguns.
Real Clear Policy, December 28, 2015
Kleck suggested that concealed-carry laws don’t even increase the carrying of guns; instead, they just legalize what people were doing anyway. In response, Lott pointed out that the rising number of concealed-carry permits has roughly tracked the rise of guns found by the TSA, suggesting that permits do make a difference.
David Nakamura and Juliet Eilperin have this article in the Washington Post:
John R. Lott Jr., a conservative gun rights activist who heads the Crime Prevention Research Center, said administration officials tend to gloss over the fact that people who have been victims of violent crime are more likely to own guns than those who have not.