USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- We finally finished our first video on some of our research!
One of the more important claims in the gun control debate is that the United States has more mass public shootings than any other countries. We got some news coverage when our research has come out and op-eds in the New York Post and the Chicago Tribune, but we have gotten only a tiny fraction of the media coverage still given to the other side.
In addition, since the media understandably gives enormous news coverage to attacks in the US, but either gives slight coverage or completely ignores such attacks in the rest of the world, it isn’t surprising that most people believe this claim. This video is our attempt to reach out and educate people who we previously haven’t been able to get to.
We do need your help in getting attention for this. John Stossel has kindly agreed to post this video as one of his own and has even provided an introduction and a conclusion for it, and that is significant because Stossel has ONE million Twitter followers and 532,000 on Facebook. But your assistance can help us reach many more people. Please post the link on Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media platforms that you have. We will retweet Stossel’s two Tweets that he is planning on putting up (@CrimeResearch1 and @JohnRLottJr). Retweeting Stossel is the best way of getting this information out because Stossel has a special exemption that allows him to embed the entire long video in a Tweet. Twitter throttles tweets that link to Youtube since it is a competitor, so more people will see your retweet of Stossel’s post (@JohnStossel).
These videos are expensive. If you can find a place that will do a 5-minute video like this for less than $30,000, please let me know. When I previously sent out a request for this video to be funded, donations brought in $2,500, covering just a fraction of the cost of the video. Despite that, because so much fo the gun control debate rests on this, I went ahead and produced the video. With our annual budget of less than $200,000, that was a big decision for us. I hope that you agree that it was worth it.
Our research has gotten a lot of media coverage over the last couple weeks. Twice the Associated Press has used our work on the number of states that allow teachers to carry concealed handguns. Both the Wall Street Journal and NPR used our reports on the number of concealed handgun permit holders. Why is this important? So much of the gun control debate is about things that might go wrong with letting people carry concealed handguns. By telling Americans that it is legal in 28 states for teachers to carry concealed handguns (though they only carry in 20 states because in many states the local school districts have to approve), it makes it harder to scare Americans about what might go wrong with letting teachers protect themselves and others. The Wall Street Journal article noted that there were a few lawsuits against a gun company over the last couple of decades over claims that their guns supposedly went off on their own. NPR’s story hyperventilated about the 3,896 guns found at airports in 2017. Both of these numbers are put in their proper context when you realize that this last year there were 17.2 million concealed handgun permit holders.
The CPRC did radio interviews covering everything from the new gun control laws that Democrats will be pushing to numerical claims by gun control advocates to states moving to get rid of gun-free zones.
Finally, given that it is our annual fundraising period during December, let me remind you that Professor Joe Olson from Minnesota has offered a $10,000 matching grant for new donors. Joe will match the first $500 that someone who has not previously given to the CPRC donates, so those who haven’t already donated this is your chance to help us unlock this donation from him. So far we have gotten not quite $3,000 in qualifying contributions from new donors. I also have another $10,000 that is a general matching grant for any donation up to $1,000, so that means that new donors get an additional $2 donated to the Center for each $1 that they give.
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Thank you very much.
John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
About Crime Prevention Research Center
The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes. Visit: www.crimepreventionresearchcenter.org