On North Dakota and Minnesota’s WZFG-AM radio: Discussing voters are “badly misinformed” on gun-related crime

Dr. John Lott talked to Tom Tucker on North Dakota and Minnesota’s WZFG-AM radio about Lott’s latest items at Real Clear Politics (“When Misinformation Drives Gun Bad Policy“) and Townhall (“Media Falsely Claim Mass Public Shooters are ‘Right-wingers’ When They’re Environmental Extremists“).

The writer of a brand new survey on weapons and violent crime says the outcomes present persons are “badly misinformed”.

“You know you listen to any of the news discussions these days, and you listen to the Biden Administration and the overwhelming that is given out is that violent crimes involve guns,” stated Dr. John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, the group which commissioned the research.  

The survey discovered the typical American voter believes weapons are utilized in greater than 46% of violent crimes, however the precise quantity is 7.9%.  Violent crimes embody rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders. The research additionally discovered those that understand weapons are used extra incessantly are extra apt to help gun management measures as a part of an effort aimed toward lowering violent crime.

The survey was primarily based on the newest information from the Department of Justice. The survey additionally confirmed variations in notion primarily based on political affiliation. The common Democrat estimates weapons are utilized in 57% of violent crimes whereas for Republicans it’s 37%. 

Tom Tucker, “Crime researcher: voters are “badly misinformed” on gun-related crime,” WZFG-AM, May 23, 2022.

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