John Lott was interviewed by Lars Larson on Thursday, January 22nd, 2014 from 6:05 to 6:15 PM EST.
Lott was also interviewed by Mike Gallagher earlier that day about terrorist from 10:35 to 10:40 AM EST.
John Lott appeared on Dana’s national radio show twice yesterday (Thursday, January 22nd, 2014 at 2:23 to 2:30 PM and 3:05 to 3:16 PM).
The first segment discusses recent statements by media figures as well as a claim in Politico that defensive gun uses are a myth.
The second segment discusses the push for “expanded” background checks.
Portland’s GoLocalPDX has a lead news story on the growth of concealed carry permits in the Portland area. Not enough information is presented in the article to determine the permit growth rate for all three counties, but Multnomah and Washington counties had a 41 percent growth in permits between 2011 and 2014 (42840/30429). It appears as if the growth in Clackamas county was even much larger.
In Washington, Clackamas, and Multnomah Counties, there are a combined 64,308 active Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHL), according to the most recent available data.
In Multnomah County alone, the number of active permits grew from 16,090 in 2011 to 22,875 in 2014. The number of permits grew more slowly in Washington County, from 14,339 in 2011 to 19,965 in 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, 23,347 CHL’s were issued in Clackamas County. . . .
The article also contained a discussion about the CPRC:
According to a 2014 report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a gun law and public safety think tank, 194,162 people in Oregon carried concealed weapons as of July 2013. Roughly 6.3 percent of adults in Oregon have concealed carry permits compared to 4.8 percent of the population nationwide.
John Lott, the Center’s president and author of the book More Guns, Less Crime, argued that concealed carry permits lower murder and crime rates, particularly crimes against women and the elderly.
“Police are the single-most important factor for reducing crime,” Lott noted. “But they virtually always arrive on the crime scene after the crime.” He said allowing people – particularly women and the elderly — to carry weapons allows them to defend themselves against violent crimes. Lott added that more people with permits to carry weapons do not pose a threat to public safety. “What you find is people with concealed handgun licenses tend to be extremely law abiding.” . . .
UPDATE: Guns.com also has a discussion of this same CPRC report this week.
With some 570,712 permits issued, Indiana has one of the highest rates of lawful concealed carry in the nation. According to a 2014 report from the Crime Prevention Research Center, only South Dakota has a higher percent of the eligible population that has a permit. A large part of this is due to the state’s historically low cost for permits, ranging from $10-$50 that include an option for lifetime carry. . . . .
The Sunday New York Times piece by Kate Murphy has this:
. . . The Crime Prevention Research Center used public records to count 12 million Americans with concealed-carry permits. It’s probably a low estimate as numbers are not available for all states that issue licenses, and five states and most of Montana don’t even require permits to carry. Nevertheless, it’s significantly more than the eight million people with permits reported three years ago by the Government Accountability Office. . . .
Our report on the number of concealed handgun permits is available here. A little perspective is needed in Ms. Murphy’s piece, which is about concealed handgun permit holders accidentally taking their firearms into airports. Even assuming that all the 2,200 gun confiscations at airport check points involve concealed handgun permit holder, with over 12 million permit holders and the average American apparently flying about 2.5 times per year, that implies an error rate by permit holders of well less than than one-hundredth of one percent. More importantly, none of these permit holders apparently harmed anyone.
Gun confiscations at checkpoints have been on the rise, reaching approximately 2,200 last year, the agency reported, a 20 percent increase over the previous year and 230 percent more than in 2005. . . .
The increase in guns confiscated at airports in carry on luggage actually seems to be going up at virtually the same rate as the number of concealed handgun permits. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of guns confiscated rose by 168% while the number of concealed handgun permits increased by 167%.
The permit data for 2005 isn’t perfect, but my best guess is that there were about 3.8 million permits. In that case, while the number of confiscations rose by 226%, the number of permits rose by 216%.
By the way, the most recent numbers from the TSA imply an annual rate of firearms confiscated at airports of 1,664 (in a report released on January 16th, 2015, there were 32 per week times 52 weeks). Click on picture to enlarge.
Ms. Murphy’s piece does make the claim that the number of active shooters is increasing. Unfortunately, the report she relies on is filled with errors. She also discusses the recent tragedy where a toddler shot his mother, but she doesn’t any of the defensive gun uses. The media tends to exaggerate the rate bad things that happen without acknowledging the lives saved.
CPRC’s president, John Lott, was on Larry Elder’s show on Friday to discuss a range of issues from terrorism in Europe to recent claims in Politico about defensive gun uses. The segment was on from 7:15 to 7:30 PM on Friday, January 16th, 2015.
There might not be too many malls in Florida that ban permitted concealed handguns, but the Melbourne Square Mall where there was an attack that left one victim dead and one wounded was another gun-free zone. The Melbourne Square Mall is “a Simon Mall.” Yet, none of the news media have mentioned this point. Now carrying in posted areas is not itself a crime in Florida, but if a person is asked to leave the mall and they refuse, they can be arrested for trespassing. That said, posted bans are more likely to abided by law-abiding permit holders than those intent on committing a crime.
The pattern has been that virtually all the mass public shootings with more than three people killed have all occurred where general citizens aren’t able to carry. With only one victim killed in this mall, this case doesn’t contradict that pattern.
From Fox News:
After responding to reports around 9:30 a.m. of multiple shots fired inside the Melbourne Square Mall, police tweeted that the “shooter is contained” and that officers were clearing the mall store by store. . . . .
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As the police say, the pizza delivery woman “had no other choice” and she would have been in real danger if she hadn’t had her concealed handgun permit. From Fox News:
The employee was making a delivery in Decatur, Ga., Sunday night when a man approached her vehicle, forcing her onto the ground at gunpoint, according to the DeKalb County Police Department. The woman, who had a gun in her pocket, was able to fire at the man while on the ground — striking the alleged assailant, identified as 24-year-old Donquaz Stevenson, in the face.
Stevenson was later found in a neighbor’s yard and arrested, according to police, who said the pizza delivery might have been a setup. Local media outlets reported that a second suspect carjacked the delivery woman’s silver 2000 Honda Accord and remains on the run.
Stevenson was charged with armed robbery and was being treated for a gunshot wound at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
The delivery woman’s mother had told WSB-TV her daughter is worried she may lose her job because she was carrying a firearm at work for protection. . . .
“She had no other choice. She must have been in fear for her life and she reacted,” Capt. Stephen Fore with the DeKalb County Police Department told WSB-TV. . . .
Putting 10,000 French soldiers in front of Jewish facilities will offer little protection as terrorists have control over where and when they attack. Terrorists have important strategic advantages in picking the time and place for attacks. Putting uniformed guards at places mean that terrorists will either kill these guards first or wait for them to leave an area before an attack occurs. So what do you do to try protecting people? From Israel National News:
A prominent European rabbi has called on governments to relax gun-licensing legislation to allow Jews to carry firearms for self-defense, following last week’s deadly Paris attacks and amid rising anti-Semitism on the continent.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin wrote to the governments of all EU-member states urging a change in the law to allow special gun permits for Jews at risk.
In the letter Rabbi Margolin, who is director general of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE) and the European Jewish Association (EJA), wrote:
“We hereby ask that gun licensing laws are reviewed with immediate effect to allow designated people in the Jewish communities and institutions to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities, as well as receiving the necessary training to protect their members from potential terror attacks.”
In a statement to Newsweek, which obtained a copy of the letter, Rabbi Margolin added that he believes that “as many people within the Jewish community as possible” should carry weapons. . . .
On January 16th, the head of the European police agency Europol, Rob Wainwright, made it clear what the limitations are to what the government can do to protect people.
In reaction to the terrorist attack in Paris, we have gotten these types of comments:
“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there. Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’” — Actor Liam Neeson, January 12th, 2014
“One thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so, uh it is actually a very good thing that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more of that sort of carnage here.” — Washington Post Columnist Eugene Robinson, January 9th, 2014
The irony here is that the Paris attack occurred in a country with one of the strongest gun control restrictions in the world. You had people just 10 to 12 meters from the terrorists who were able to film them on their cell phones but they were unable to do anything to stop the attack. Yet, at the same time the laws hadn’t stopped the terrorists from being massively armed.
The four terrorists had body armor and radio communications. They were armed with numerous semi-automatic handguns, automatic Kalashnikov rifles, a loaded M42 rocket launcher, 10 Molotov cocktails, 10 smoke grenades, a hand grenade, and 15 sticks of dynamite.
In France, handguns (both pistols and revolvers), fully automatic firearms, and even semi-automatic “assault weapons” are prohibited with only extremely narrow exemptions. Loaded rocket launchers and grenades are also banned. Yet, despite bans and these terrorists having criminal records, these terrorists did possess all these weapons.
It is clear that the funding and weapons for the attack came from abroad.
Unfortunately, the French think that the solution is to station 10,000 troops in front of Jewish sites across the country. The problem is that there are so many possible targets, at times when the terrorists pick to attack, that there is no way that the troops can protect all the possible targets, even if they many times more than 10,000 troops. In addition, the terrorists can kill the uniformed troops before they start killing other people. It is an extremely difficult job for troops to be constantly vigilant day after day, week after week, month after month.
Information on French gun laws is available here:
The information regarding footnote 1 is available here.
As if a ban on handguns that fire bullets didn’t go far enough, the regulations also even cover single-shot rim-fired handguns that are less than 11 inches (28 centimetres) long.
Pre CPRC research
About the CPRC
Data from various studies
Defensive Gun Uses
Gun Show Regulations
Mass Public Shootings
Media bias on guns
More Guns, Less Crime
News Coverage of CPRC
Public Health Research
Safe Storage Laws
Stand Your Ground
Surveys on gun ownership
Straight Shooting: Firearms, Economics and Public Policy
Freedomnomics, see Chapter 4 for a general overview of the economics of crime
Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges Off the Bench