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John Lott in Projo

Postby Blast54 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:49 am

No mention of a John Lott article getting by the editors of the Projo so figured I would post it here :


Americans seek safety in guns
By John R. Lott Jr.
Americans are increasingly convinced that owning a gun makes them safer.

A new Rasmussen poll found that an overwhelming majority of Americans (68 percent) “feel safer in a neighborhood where guns are allowed.” And a series of polls by Gallup, the Pew Research Center, and ABC News and the Washington Post show similar results.

But it isn’t just what people say. They are clearly putting more stock in self-defense. Since 2007, the number of concealed-handgun permits has soared, from 4.6 million to 12.8 million. A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center finds that a record 1.7 million permits have been issued in just the past year, a 15.4 percent increase.

Nationwide, 5.2 percent of adults have a permit.

But in five states, more than 10 percent of adults now have concealed-carry permits. In much of the country, someone among theatergoers or restaurant customers is likely to be legally carrying a permitted concealed handgun.

But even these numbers don’t do full justice to the change that has taken place.

Recently, Maine became the 10th state to allow concealed carrying without a permit in all or almost all of the state. Kansas and Mississippi also made the change on July 1. In these states, we no longer know how many people are legally carrying guns, and thus the 12.8 million figure is clearly an underestimation.

Women increasingly carry guns and hold more than a quarter of concealed-handgun permits. Since 2007, the number of permits among men has grown by 156 percent, and among women by 270 percent. Blacks now make up 7 to 8 percent of permit holders, but their rate of increase is double that of whites.

Poverty presents an obstacle, as permits can be very expensive. In Illinois, for instance, the total cost of getting a permit, including fees and mandated training costs, is about $450. In neighboring Indiana, it is just $45.

With Democrats typically pushing for higher costs to reduce the number of people with permits, the biggest impact is to disarm the people who are the most likely victims of violent crime, the ones who need the permits the most: poor minorities who live in high-crime urban areas.

Changing attitudes also explain the changing composition of permit holders. Since 2012, when the Pew Research Center started asking people if they think guns make them safer, there has been a 25 percent surge in the proportion of blacks who think so. The increase was 11 percent among women — more than the increase among men.

These new permits seem to have worked well. Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.2 deaths per 100,000 (according to preliminary estimates). This 25 percent drop coincided with a 156 percent increase in the number of adults with permits. A similar drop occurred in other violent crimes.

The data have consistently shown that states with the biggest increases in permits also experienced the biggest reductions in murder rates. Dozens of academic papers have documented that allowing concealed carrying leads to a reduction in violent crime, and the Crime Prevention Research Center report shows that this pattern has continued over the last few years.

Permit holders are extremely law-abiding — even more law-abiding than the police, who are rarely convicted of crimes. The latest data from Texas and Florida continue to show that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate that police officers are.

A couple of weeks ago, former CNN anchor Lynne Russell and her husband received national attention for using their permitted concealed handgun to save their lives. Only after a robber started shooting did Russell’s wounded husband pull out his gun and return fire.

With more than 12.8 million people legally able to carry handguns, the couple’s experience is hardly unique. As dramatic as their story was, it was unusual mainly in that it received national publicity because Russell is so famous. Americans with concealed handguns save lives every day.

—John R. Lott Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author of “More Guns, Less Crime.” He wrote this for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Re: John Lott in Projo

Postby newportri » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:27 pm

Great article and I have to post it on ricagv facebook page..
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Re: John Lott in Projo

Postby Blast54 » Sun Aug 02, 2015 9:50 pm

newportri wrote:Great article and I have to post it on ricagv facebook page..


WOW... ricagv has a "page owner" who will review my posting! I tried to post a few clips from the Lott article and was told my posting has to be reviewed.... I think that means it will be going in the trash barrel.
I thought it was kind of "fishy" when you said you could post on their page.

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Re: John Lott in Projo

Postby newportri » Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:37 pm

Hmm, didn't think about that since I have posted comments in the past, but not new articles.
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Re: John Lott in Projo

Postby RImike » Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:16 am

Blast54 wrote:
newportri wrote:Great article and I have to post it on ricagv facebook page..


WOW... ricagv has a "page owner" who will review my posting! I tried to post a few clips from the Lott article and was told my posting has to be reviewed.... I think that means it will be going in the trash barrel.
I thought it was kind of "fishy" when you said you could post on their page.

Bill

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Re: John Lott in Projo

Postby shovel1966 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:00 am

I've read two of John Lott's books and enjoyed the research and dedication that went into writing each of them. The Bias Against Guns was the first I had read and then More Guns, Less Crime. Fantastic research. I'm happily surprised this article was in the Projo. Good read.
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