California’s Background Check Law Had No Impact on Gun Deaths, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

A new academic study has found that, once again, gun laws are not having their desired effect. A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun … Continue reading California’s Background Check Law Had No Impact on Gun Deaths, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

Mass Shootings Aren’t Becoming More Common–and Evidence Contradicts Stereotypes about the Shooters

When 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, and nine more were killed in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 12 hours later, responses to the tragedy included many of the same myths and stereotypes Americans have grown used to hearing in the wake of a mass shooting. As part of my work as a psychology researcher, … Continue reading Mass Shootings Aren’t Becoming More Common–and Evidence Contradicts Stereotypes about the Shooters

The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

If you asked me this morning which nation has the most mass shootings in the world, I would have said, with perhaps a flicker of hesitation, the United States. This is a tad embarrassing to admit because I’m pretty familiar with shooting statistics, having written several articles on gun violence and the Second Amendment. Below … Continue reading The Myth That the US Leads the World in Mass Shootings

The Scaremongering Over 3D Guns Has Little to Do With Reality

The newest bugaboo of the gun control crowd is the bloodcurdling “3D printer gun”—or, as anti-gun activist Alyssa Milano called it, “downloadable death.” Reporters at CNN now ask, “3D guns: Untraceable, undetectable and unstoppable?” Even President Donald Trump tweeted that he’s “looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, … Continue reading The Scaremongering Over 3D Guns Has Little to Do With Reality

Why I Objected to a Bill That Would Ban 3D Gun Designs

Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public. Already spoke to NRA, doesn’t seem to make much sense!” The White House has not offered any clarification on what exactly Trump’s tweet meant, but if he is worried about plastic guns being sold to the public, … Continue reading Why I Objected to a Bill That Would Ban 3D Gun Designs

News Media Distort Statistics on US Firearms Ownership and Mass Shootings, Gun Expert Lott Says

In a discussion that gun rights activist John Lott Jr. had with an ABC News producer for a 2014 documentary special about the risks of having firearms in the home, the producer cited a gun ownership statistic that Lott knew to be wrong. The producer told him that gun ownership had been falling in the … Continue reading News Media Distort Statistics on US Firearms Ownership and Mass Shootings, Gun Expert Lott Says

Amid Push for Knife Control, UK Shows Gun Control Doesn’t Increase Safety

It was widely reported earlier this month that London experienced a higher number of murders over the first three months of 2018 than did New York City—the first time in modern history that has occurred. The United Kingdom has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the world, so the increased murder rate … Continue reading Amid Push for Knife Control, UK Shows Gun Control Doesn’t Increase Safety