24 Dec , 2015

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CPRC’s John Lott continued debate with Gary Kleck over his attacks on “More Guns, Less Crime”

In mid-November John Lott got into an exchange with Gary Kleck about “More Guns, Less Crime.”  This took place after other Kleck statements to the media about me.

In the new discussion, Gary continues to go out of his way to engage in personal attacks on Lott: “he instead invents a distorted straw man,” “presents a fantasy version,” “Lott’s version of economic theory is one that has been dead for decades,” “One of Lott’s many errors is to blindly assume,” “In his efforts to distort my positions .…

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18 Nov , 2015

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CPRC’s John Lott discusses Gary Kleck’s criticisms of the evidence regarding “More Guns, Less Crime”

In August, Kleck told Mother Jones that he doesn’t know of any “credible criminologist” who believes that “with more guns there are less crimes.”  More recently Kleck was interviewed by Ari Armstrong about these points and Kleck’s claims that there hasn’t been any increase in the rate that people are carrying permitted concealed handguns and that neither more guns nor more concealed handguns reduce homicides or any other type of violent crime.  …

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5 Nov , 2015

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What gun control advocates bring up when they have nothing else to say, More attacks against the CPRC by gun control advocates

Gun control advocates want to argue that the only reason that people would support gun ownership is because they are getting paid off by gun makers.  Shira Goodman, the Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, made this argument in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on November 1, 2015).  Bizarrely, she had also just recently made the same claim during an October debate that I had with her at Duquesne Law School.  …

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31 Aug , 2015

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Gun Control Organizations and Left Wing Media Try to Intimidate CPRC Academic Board of Advisors

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has spent some time putting together contact information for the CPRC’s academic board of advisors and the deans of their schools (see here and here).  The notion is that they think that they can intimidate all these prestigious academics into hiding.  Media Matters and other gun control media have tried getting others  to join in getting people to contact the deans of our academic advisors.  …

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14 Aug , 2015

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Buzzfeed Hit Piece on CPRC’s John Lott

Last August, Taylor Woolrich was the first speaker at our conference for Students for Concealed Carry. Her tragic story about a woman who was being stalked and her desire to be able to defend herself received a lot of media coverage. In a piece at Buzzfeed last night and today, there is a story up about how John Lott supposedly put pressure on Taylor Woolrich to have an op-ed at Fox News.…

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4 Aug , 2015

CPRC in the Daily Caller: What Mother Jones Missed In Its Hit Piece About Me

John Lott’s newest piece at the Daily Caller starts this way:

Mother Jones, a leftist magazine funded by people such as George Soros, and I have been in a running feud for years. They have continually made false claims about guns, often claims that have been cited by the general media, such as CNN, and I have corrected them.

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1 Aug , 2015

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A response to Mother Jones’ mistake filled article on John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center

The altered image above is from a new Mother Jones’ article, which was written to try discrediting John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Mother Jones is willing to do anything to push for gun control.  The magazine is very left-leaning and is funded by individuals such as George Soros. …

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23 Jun , 2015

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A response to Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes’ claims at “Armed with Reason” about John Lott’s research

Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes have been repeating past criticisms of John Lott’s work and without ever bothering to let readers know that Lott has already responded to those points.  John Lott has written up a detailed response available below to the first two-thirds of their points in order that they were made.  …

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9 Dec , 2014

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CPRC at Breitbart: “Left media continues smear campaign on economist John Lott”

Kristin Tate has this article at Breitbart.com:

Media Matters has long advertised to the public a commitment to fighting misinformation on the internet, but lately the group seems to be creating misinformation of its own.

The nonprofit generally targets Republicans and is regularly cited by pundits and news outlets. More recently, the group engaged in what could best be called a smear campaign against John Lott, an economist, firearms researcher, and Founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

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16 Nov , 2014

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Problems with the Washington Post’s and Huffington Post’s “more guns, more crime” claims

The media over the last couple of days has been pointing to a revised paper by Abhay Aneja, John J. Donohue III, and Alexandria Zhang that has been floating around in various forms since at least 2009.  Their earlier paper claimed that right-to-carry laws and no impact on murder, rape and robber. …

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