2 May , 2019

At Townhall.com: House Panel Allots $50M to Study Gun Violence

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at Townhall.com discusses the House Appropriations Committee Allotting $50 million for public health research on guns. Lott’s piece begins this way:

One of the most common attacks on the National Rifle Association is that it supposedly prevents academics from doing research on firearms. “[Academics] were forced to stop their work at the point of a gun—or at least at the insistence of National Rifle Association,” wrote the Washington Post of the 1996 Dickey Amendment.


8 Mar , 2019

At Fox News: Dems want $50 million for biased research to attack gun ownership

Dr. John Lott appeared yesterday before the House Appropriations Committee to testify about the need for the CDC to fund research on gun ownership. He has a new piece at Fox News that starts this way:

Democrats in the U.S. House are likely to approve spending $50 million in taxpayer funds for public health research on gun violence.


10 Dec , 2018

Notes on the Harvard Injury Control Research Center page on Homicide

People often link to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center page on Homicide as evidence to prove that gun ownership is a negative. If guns are on a net negative on safety, how come every single place that has banned guns (all guns or all handguns) has seen an increase in murder/homicides?…

8 Mar , 2018

Problems with Siegel et al, American Journal of Public Health, “Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States”

Siegel, Xuan, Ross, Galea, Kalesan, Fleegler, and Goss have a paper in the American Journal of Public Health that claims to be the first paper to find a statistically significant increase in homicides from the passage of right-to-carry laws.

The bottom line is that even accepting the regressions that the Siegel at all ran, they didn’t  calculate their levels of statistical significance properly.

16 Nov , 2017

Obama administration people still pushing out junk science on gun issues

A new very short report from a few people at the Harvard Business School claims that waiting periods reduce homicides, though they find that there is no consistent effect on suicides.  The report is titled “Handgun waiting periods reduce gun deaths,” and it was released by the National Academy of Sciences.  …

23 Oct , 2017

New Public Health Study on Gun shows in Annals of Internal Medicine (also our discussion in the Washington Examiner)

 A new study from The Annals of Internal Medicine titled “In-State and Interstate Associations Between Gun Shows and Firearm Deaths and Injuries“

Results: Compared with the 2 weeks before, postshow firearm injury rates remained stable in regions near California gun shows but increased from 0.67 injuries (95% CI, 0.55 to 0.80 injuries) to 1.14 injuries (CI, 0.97 to 1.30 injuries) per 100 000 persons in regions near Nevada shows.

22 Feb , 2017

CPRC on the Larry Elder Show to discuss Public Health research on Police Deaths and Gun Ownership Rates

Dr. John Lott appeared on the Larry Elder Show to discuss Public Health research on Police Deaths and Gun Ownership Rates.  Lott’s book, The War on Guns, shows that when this data accounts for national changes in crime rates the higher gun ownership rates in a state are actually associated with lower rates of police being killed on the job.…


21 Sep , 2016


Problems with the new Harvard-Northeastern Gun Survey

The new Harvard-Northeastern survey is very disappointing. There are two points to this survey.  That the percentage of the population owning guns is falling and that a very small percent of the population is buying a huge number of guns.  The new book The War on Guns has a chapter showing that both of these points are inaccurate.


12 Mar , 2016

Fox News Opinion

CPRC at Fox News: “You know the case for background checks is weak if . . .”

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News is on the extremely low quality of research by public health researchers starts this way:

Academic advocates of gun control apparently need to manipulate the data in order to argue for background checks on private gun transfers.  Even the prestigious medical journal, the Lancet, does not seem to be above publishing junk science on gun control.  

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13 Nov , 2015

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CPRC in the Sunday Washington Post: “Maryland’s long-overdue goodbye to ballistic fingerprinting”

John Lott’s op-ed at the Washington Post starts this way:

Ballistic fingerprinting was all the rage 15 years ago. Maryland led the way, setting up a computer database on new guns and the markings they made on bullets. New York soon followed. The days of criminal gun use were supposedly numbered.

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