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

21 Apr , 2015  

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

16 Apr , 2014  

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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CPRC at Fox News: “Don’t believe mainstream media mistruths about firearms research”

27 Feb , 2014  

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

If we are to believe the mainstream media, the powerful NRA has used its political muscle to keep people ignorant of how guns impact our safety. They are supposedly to blame for the elimination of firearms research. This is all a result of a 1996 amendment to the federal budget stating “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Thus last month, ABC News reported: “In 1996 the NRA successfully lobbied Congress to pull millions of dollars out of government-funded firearms research.

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CPRC at Fox News: Media cherry picks Missouri gun data to make misleading case for more control

21 Feb , 2014  

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News discusses the forthcoming study in the Journal of Urban Health that has been getting a lot of media attention. His piece starts this way:

With headlines claiming “Study Shows Gun Control Works,” media outlets such as CBS, MSNBC, PBS, Washington Post, and BBC were breathless over a soon-to-be-released study by Daniel Webster in the Journal of Urban Health.

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CPRC on KMOX to discuss new studies funded by Bloomberg on school shootings and Missouri

20 Feb , 2014  

John Lott appeared on the Mark Reardon Show on KMOX to discuss new research funded by Michael Bloomberg on schooling shootings and Missouri ending its universal background check rules for handguns. The audio of the interview is available here (KMOX, Thursday, February 20, 4:05 to 4:14 PM CST).

Note: There was an error at the beginning of the segment suggesting that Bloomberg gave money to the CPRC.…

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Media Bias on guns: Interview on Jim Bohannon Show discussing Bloomberg, ABC News, and the media

19 Feb , 2014  

The interview during the first hour of the Jim Bohannon Radio Show is
available here (10:05 to 11:00 PM EST, Tuesday, February 18, 2014).
For the original pieces that generated the discussion see here:
• Errors with Bloomberg on school gun shooting stats
• Errors with ABC News on the risks of having guns in the home

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What does Missouri show about the benefits from universal background checks?: Nothing really. Notes on the forthcoming Journal of Urban Health study by the Bloomberg School of Public Health

18 Feb , 2014  

There has been some attention given yesterday and today about a study coming out from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University:

Repeal of Missouri’s background check law associated with increase in state’s murders

Missouri’s 2007 repeal of its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law, which required all handgun purchasers to obtain a license verifying that they have passed a background check, contributed to a sixteen percent increase in Missouri’s murder rate, according to a new study from researchers with the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research.

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CPRC on Coast-to-Coast AM for 2 hours (Audio)

14 Feb , 2014  

CPRC was on George Noory’s radio show last night for the first two hours of the show (3.25 million weekly listeners). Among the topics: the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case striking down California’s concealed handgun law, the big push to scare Americans into not owning guns, the head of Interpol’s views on gun-free zones, 3D printers, and polls on gun-free zones.…

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CPRC on Washington DC’s big WMAL to discuss recent gun control issues

18 Jan , 2014  

John Lott was Brian Wilson and Larry O’Connor’s guest on Friday morning to discuss a range of gun control issues from background checks to the large push by Michael Bloomberg, liberal foundations, and the federal government to fund research that will support their gun control efforts (audio for the January 17th show is available here).…

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Problems with Public Health Research: Michael Siegel, Craig Ross, and Charles King, “The Relationship Between Gun Ownership and Firearm Homicide Rates in the United States, 1981-2010,” American Journal of Public Health

8 Dec , 2013  

In a recent issue of the American Journal of Public Health, three researchers examine the relationship between “gun ownership” as measured by the percent of suicides committed with firearms.  There is a significant literature indicating that this measure actually is picking up the relationship between demographic variables and firearm homicides as how people commit suicide varies appreciably with demographic characteristics (gender, age, race, etc.).  …