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Broome spoke the day after the Crime Prevention Research Center released a report saying about 73% of all murders in the U.S. took place in 5% of the nation’s counties.
“Murder isn’t a nationwide problem,” according to the study based on interpretation of the FBI’s 2020 Supplementary Homicide Report data. “It’s a problem in a small set of urban areas and even in those counties murders are concentrated in small areas inside them, and any solution must reduce those murders.”
The group’s leader, economist John R. Lott, criticizes gun control and argues that everyday citizens need access to automatic weapons and to concealed carry permits. The report got considerable attention in the nation’s conservative media.
MARK BALLARD, “Mayor Broome exchanges crime fighting tips with other mayors,” NOLA.com, January 20, 2023
A new study published by the US Crime Prevention Research Center has found that murders in the United States are highly concentrated in a small number of counties.
In 2020, 52 percent of counties had no murders. 68 percent of counties had no more than one murder and they accounted for only 2.6 percent of all murders in the country.
On the other side of the spectrum were the five percent of counties which accounted for 73 percent of murders. This concentration of murders is the highest it has been in over a decade. The one percent of worst counties drove that increase. The share of murders in these counties rose over this period, despite their populations did not change. . . .
“Murder isn’t a nationwide problem,” CPRC President John R. Lott Jr. wrote in the report. “It’s a problem in a small set of urban areas and even in those counties murders are concentrated in small areas inside them, and any solution must reduce those murders.”
Overall, 70 percent of the counties across the entire U.S. are responsible for only three percent of annual homicides.
Staff, “Five pct of U.S. counties produce 73 pct of all murders: study,” TVP World, January 20, 2023.
In fact, data from the Crime Prevention Research Center found that there have been 22 times more attacks on pro-lifers than pro-choice groups since the Supreme Court leak.
Sophia Slacik, “Republicans to condemn pro-choice activist violence after Roe rollback with resolution,” Fox News, January 10, 2023.
The state already had the highest percentage of adults in America – 32 percent – willing to apply and pay for concealed carry permits, according to the national Crime Prevention Research Center.
Lee Roop, “Gun trainer: What to expect with Alabama’s new permitless carry,” Al.com, January 9, 2023.
A large percentage of NICS denials—people who don’t pass the background check—are wrong. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center,has extensively researched this issue.
“The problem with the NICS system is the overwhelmingly high error rate. The error rate is something around 99 percent,” Lott told The Epoch Times. “It is one thing to stop a felon from buying a gun, but it is another thing to stop someone who simply has a roughly phonetically similar name and similar birthday to a felon’s. The errors discriminate against black and Hispanic males.”
Emily Miller, “Second Amendment Group Rallies Members Against McCarthy’s First Gun Bill Aimed at Illegal Immigrants,” Epoch Times, January 12, 2023.
President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. gives a staggering, yet realistic statistic: “Ninety-Six percent of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones.” . . .
William Allen, “Who protects ‘our lambs’ from being slaughtered at school? ” The Carolina Journal, January 11, 2023.
For further reading on this subject, Evans should have read John R. Lott Jr.’s “More Guns Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.”
Patrick McLear, “A Veiled Attack on the Second Amendment,” News-Press Now (Saint Joseph, Missouri), January 12, 2023.
In the United States, at least 21 state capitols allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees or all of the above, the Crime Prevention Research Center said. The center does academic research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns. . . .
Sofia Saric, “Lawmakers seek to allow guns at government meetings, Wyoming Capitol,” Casper Star Tribune, January 24, 2023.
A recently released research paper is claiming that murder in the U.S. is indeed a problem – just not for the majority of the country.
John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, released his most recent research paper titled “Murders in US Are Very Concentrated, and They Are Becoming Even More So” on January 17. Diving into data from 2020, his research revealed that “nationwide murders appear to be coming even more concentrated in a small set of counties.”
“When it comes to murder, there are three types of counties in the United States,” Lott writes. “Most counties experience no murders, a smaller set where there are a few murders, and then a tiny set of counties where murders are very common.” . . .
Ian Patrick, “Research says murder rate is ‘concentrated in a small set of counties’,” FISM TV, January 23, 2023.
Think about your community for a moment. Unless you just moved there, you know which areas are considered the rough part of town, where homicides seem to be the norm rather than the exception. You know to avoid those areas at night if possible and, if you’re reading here, you make sure you carry a gun with you when you can’t avoid them.
That area generally accounts for most of the violent crime in your city, and everyone knows it.
Well, it seems that plays out on a national level as well.
Homicide rates have spiked, but most of America has remained untouched. Only a tiny fraction of U.S. counties account for nearly all of the country’s homicides, according to research released Tuesday that showed a striking concentration where killings take place. The worst 31 counties — generally urban jurisdictions — have about a fifth of the country’s population but accounted for 42% of the country’s homicides in 2020, said John R. Lott Jr., president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, which conducted the study. The worst 5% of counties accounted for 73% of homicides. That ticked up slightly from 69% in 2014 and 70% in 2016. Meanwhile, 52% of counties recorded no homicides in 2020, and another 16% recorded only a single killing. “Murders are a problem in a very small percentage of the counties in the United States,” Mr. Lott told The Washington Times. Even in those higher-homicide counties, the crime is still concentrated, he said. Mr. Lott crunched the data for Los Angeles County and found that 10% of the county’s ZIP codes accounted for 41% of the homicides. Another 10% accounted for 26% more.
Tom Knighton, “Crime Prevention Research Center: 1% of counties account for 42% of homicides,” Bearing Arms, January 19, 2023.
In fact, data from the Crime Prevention Research Center found that there have been 22 times more attacks on pro-lifers than pro-choice groups since the Supreme Court leak. . . .
Sophia Slacik, “Republicans to condemn pro-choice activist violence after Roe rollback with resolution,” MSN.com, January 10, 2023.
In mid-December, Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) and a world-recognized expert on guns and crime, testified before a Congressional subcommittee on violence and made some startling revelations. Perhaps one of the most important was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) covered up the fact that armed citizens use their guns quite frequently to stop active shooter attacks.
According to Lott’s testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, the FBI grossly underreported the number of times armed citizens had stopped active shooters over an eight-year period from 2014 to 2021.
Lott told members of the subcommittee that the FBI hired academics from Texas State University to find news stories about incidents where active shooter incidents (defined by the agency as incidents in which an individual actively kills or attempts to kill people in a populated, public area) were stopped by armed citizens. Subsequently, the agency reported that armed citizens stopped only 11 of 252 active shooter incidents, or about 4.4 percent.
Despite having a far smaller budget than the FBI, Lott’s group decided to do its own search for such news stories. What he found was quite eye-opening. “We discovered a total of 360 active shooter incidents from 2014 to 2021, and found that an armed citizen stopped 124 of these,” Lott testified. “I also found that the FBI had misidentified five cases, usually because the person who stopped the attack was incorrectly identified as a security guard.”
Lott believes that even those numbers could be low, since much of the media trends toward the anti-gun side of the equation and might not report all such incidents. “Though we found that armed citizens had stopped 11 times more cases than the FBI reports, I make no claim that we have identified all of them,” he told the subcommittee. “It is quite possible that the news media itself never covers many such incidents. “But no one needs to take my word for it that the FBI missed many cases. All of the news stories that my team collected are listed on the CPRC website.”
Setting aside the years 2014 to 2021, Lott revealed to Congress some even more astounding statistics. “My organization … has documented 30 cases since January 2020 where a would-be mass public shooting was likely stopped by civilians legally carrying guns,” Lott said. “During that time, there were 17 mass public shootings where four or more people were killed. These heroic actions rarely get national news coverage.”
Why the coverup by both the FBI and the media? In an interview a few weeks before his congressional testimony, Lott told me that it is all part of a concerted effort to hide the frequency of defensive gun uses (DGUs) from the public to bolster chances for anti-gun legislation. Concerning the faulty FBI data, Lott pointed out the enormous error to the agency and to media outlets that reported the erroneous information, but nobody was interested in the truth. . . .
Mark Chestnut, “FBI Underreports Defensive Gun Use to Congress,” Firearm News, January 6, 2023.
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