Facts About Firearms Policy Initiative

MYTH: Right-to-Carry Laws Prevent Mass Shootings and Reduce Crime

MYTH: Right-to-Carry Laws Prevent Mass Shootings and Reduce Crime

FACT: The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with more mass shootings and gun deaths.
MYTH: Nearly All Public Mass Shootings Occur in Gun-Free Zones

MYTH: Nearly All Public Mass Shootings Occur in Gun-Free Zones

FACT: John Lott misclassified multiple mass shootings, falsely claiming several European and American incidents occurred in gun-free zones.
MYTH: The FBI is Biased Against Guns and Skewed the Results of a Mass Shooting Report

MYTH: The FBI is Biased Against Guns and Skewed the Results of a Mass Shooting Report

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.
MYTH: 98% of Mass Shootings Occur in Gun-Free Zones

MYTH: 98% of Mass Shootings Occur in Gun-Free Zones

FACT: Twelve to thirteen percent of mass shootings occur where guns are prohibited.
MYTH: Australia’s Gun Buyback Program Had No Benefits

MYTH: Australia’s Gun Buyback Program Had No Benefits

FACT: Reputable academic studies find that Australia’s buyback program was successful in reducing gun deaths.
MYTH: Europe and US Have Similar Rates of Public Mass Shootings

MYTH: Europe and US Have Similar Rates of Public Mass Shootings

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.
MYTH: Americans Do Not Have More Mass Shootings than other Countries

MYTH: Americans Do Not Have More Mass Shootings than other Countries

FACT: Approximately 29.7% of worldwide public mass shootings by single perpetrators were committed in the U.S.
MYTH: Only 17% of guns used to commit crimes in Mexico originate in the U.S.

MYTH: Only 17% of guns used to commit crimes in Mexico originate 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.
MYTH: Gun owners shoot someone they know after mistaking them for an intruder between five to eleven times each year

MYTH: Gun owners shoot someone they know after mistaking them for an intruder between five to eleven times each year

FACT: Gun owners shoot someone they know more than 28 times a year, on average, after mistaking the person for an intruder .
MYTH: US Homicide Numbers are Inflated Compared to Other Countries Because of Defensive Gun Use

MYTH: US Homicide Numbers are Inflated Compared to Other Countries Because of Defensive Gun Use

FACT: The gap between the number of firearm homicides and murders reflects John Lott’s comparison of comprehensive CDC data with incomplete FBI data.
MYTH: Guns are the Safest and Most Effective Way to Prevent Crime

MYTH: Guns are the Safest and Most Effective Way to Prevent Crime

FACT: Surveys found that a majority of self-reported defensive gun uses were both illegal and provided no social benefit.
MYTH: Americans Use Guns Defensively Millions of Times a Year

MYTH: Americans Use Guns Defensively Millions of Times a Year

FACT: Evidence from the Gun Violence Archive reveals approximately 2,000 verified defensive gun uses annually.