FACT: The FBI does not have a definition for mass shootings, and John Lott does not follow the FBI definition for active shootings either.
FACT: The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with more mass shootings and gun deaths.
FACT: John Lott misclassified multiple mass shootings, falsely claiming several European and American incidents occurred in gun-free zones.
FACT: John Lott’s false claim about the FBI’s Report stems from a fundamental mistake--the report studies active-shooting incidents, while Lott discusses mass shootings and mass murders.
FACT: Twelve to thirteen percent of mass shootings occur where guns are prohibited.
FACT: Reputable academic studies find that Australia’s buyback program was successful in reducing gun deaths.
FACT: Based on John Lott’s own data, the U.S. has twice the rate of mass shootings compared to Europe, contradicting Lott’s own claim.
FACT: Approximately 29.7% of worldwide public mass shootings by single perpetrators were committed in the U.S.
FACT: A 2009 GAO report found that 87% of Mexican crime guns over the previous five years came from the U.S.
FACT: Gun owners shoot someone they know more than 28 times a year, on average, after mistaking the person for an intruder .
FACT: The gap between the number of firearm homicides and murders reflects John Lott’s comparison of comprehensive CDC data with incomplete FBI data.
FACT: Surveys found that a majority of self-reported defensive gun uses were both illegal and provided no social benefit.