1 Sep , 2015

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CPRC interviewed in America’s First Freedom on problems with some recent “public health” research

 

John Lott was interviewed by America’s First Freedom about the problems with some recent so-called “public health” research.  The first question and answer is available here:

America’s 1st Freedom: What were the biggest things that the authors of the study on police deaths in the American Journal of Public Health did wrong?

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28 Aug , 2015

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CPRC on America in the Morning with Jim Bohannon on a variety of gun issues.

John Lott talked to Jim Bohannon about recent research claiming to find relationship gun ownership and the safety of police, the huge increase in the number of concealed handgun permits, and President Obama’s push on stopping some people on Social Security from owning guns (August 18, 2015).

Audience size 2.75+ million.…

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17 Aug , 2015

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Fraudulent study in the American Journal of Public Health inaccurately claims that states with more guns have more police deaths

The end of last week a study in the American Journal of Public Health claimed that there were more police feloniously killed in states that had more guns. The study got extensive news coverage on the TV networks such as NBC News, dozens of newspapers such as the Chicago Sun-Times,  and international coverage such the UK Guardian.  …

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8 Jul , 2015

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Evaluating new research “Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.: An Ecological Study” By Monuteaux, Lee, Hemenway, Mannix, Fleegler

Live Science describes a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this way:

Monuteaux and his colleagues wanted to test whether increased gun ownership had any effect on gun homicides, overall homicides and violent gun crimes. They chose firearm robbery and assault, because those crimes are likely to be reported and recorded in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Report.

16 Jun , 2015

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CPRC at Fox News: “Connecticut’s strict gun licensing law linked to steep drop in homicides? Not really”

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

A new study in the American Journal of Public Health claims that the state of Connecticut’s 1995 gun licensing law has reduced firearm homicide rates by 40 percent.  But this just released study gives academics a bad name.  Not surprisingly, anti-gun activist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the left-wing Joyce Foundation funded the research.

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13 Jun , 2015

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CPRC on CNN to discuss the false claim that gun licensing reduced firearm homicides in Connecticut by 40%

Carina Storrs with CNN interviewed John Lott, and tried to get across the point that you can’t cherry pick one law in one state when many places are changing their laws.  Unfortunately, she left out the main point that even for Connecticut there was no real evidence that the licensing law was responsible for this drop in firearm homicides (e.g., even their comparison would have show a relative increase in firearm homicides in Connecticut if they had added just one more year of data).  …

11 Jun , 2015

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Bloomberg’s School of Public Health Cherry Picked Claim that firearm homicides in Connecticut fell 40% because of a gun licensing law

The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University put out this press release on a paper by Rudolph, Stuart, Vernick, and Webster:

A 1995 Connecticut law requiring a permit or license – contingent on passing a background check – in order to purchase a handgun was associated with a 40 percent reduction in the state’s firearm-related homicide rate, new research suggests.

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2 May , 2015

Letter to the editor in the Wisconsin State Journal

Correcting the record on David Hemenway’s claim that academics support gun control

David Hemenway wrote an op-ed that was originally published in the Los Angeles Times and then picked up in many other newspapers.  The Los Angeles Times was unwilling to publish a letter that the CPRC sent in, but the Wisconsin State Journal did publish the letter in their Sunday, May 3rd paper.…

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21 Apr , 2015

CPRC at Fox News: Gun control advocates taking a page out of global warming advocates’ handbook

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

Gun control advocates this month took a page from the global warming activists playbook: the science is settled, so there is no need for debate.

However, instead of actually reviewing the scientific literature on the subject, Professor David Hemenway at Harvard made a survey of cherry-picked authors.  

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16 Apr , 2014

Bloomberg’s $50 million push for gun control this year, and why that is only the tip of problem

Bloomberg’s promise to spend $50 million this year on gun control efforts is just the tip of the iceberg. As the NY Times reports it, this is 2.5 times the $20 million that the NRA has been spending a year on political activities.

But that $50 million is really just a portion of the money Bloomberg is spending on the gun issue and it doesn’t even count all the other money that is flowing into the issue.…

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