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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. It has 501(C)(3) status.

On January 8th, 2013, the Obama Administration met with 23 large foundations to organize a push for national gun control. They included such organizations as the Open Society Institute, the McCormick Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment. As one participant said: “There’s only one reason why you get a bunch of deep-pocketed funders on the phone.” In 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250 million to Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health to hire new professors, many whose primary objective is to do expanding research on gun violence. President Obama has also been directing federal government funds towards gun control projects. Still other funds are being set up, such as the Fund for a Safer Future, which has $16 million to fund gun control research and is one of the many gun control projects being partially funded George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. Recently, the MacArthur foundation has also been given a large million dollar grant. The public health research being funded is very flawed (e.g., see the discussion here on Kellermann).


CPRC’s primary goals are to:

  • Advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.
  • Improve the awareness and knowledge of this scientific understanding among the public, journalists, and policy makers.
  • Enhance public safety through these scientific advances and improved awareness and knowledge.

 Core Activities

CPRC accomplishes these goals through a core set of activities that include:

  • Conducting and publishing academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.
  • Supporting affiliated academics in conducting and publishing similar research by means such as providing direct financial support, sharing data, and providing technical assistance.
  • Educating the public, journalists, and policy makers on the results of research on these issues by means such as books, public lectures, newspaper columns, academic seminars, and information briefings.
  • Making research and data available to researchers, the public, policy makers, and journalists by maintaining a comprehensive website.
  • Engaging in other related activities consistent with the mission and goals of CPRC. 

 General Information

General requests for information can be obtained at


CPRC is a Colorado non-profit corporation.  CPRC has 501(C)(3) status with the IRS.  In keeping with 501(c)3 status, CPRC will focus on research and education.

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Director of Communications

Rebekah Riley can be reached for press inquiries at and (386) 717-9210.

 Vice President of Advancement

Jennifer Pinnell can be reached at and (303) 668-8417.


Research Director

Dr. John E. Whitley is an economist and public policy expert. Whitley has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses and was Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security from 2008 to 2010. He worked as an Operations Research Analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1992. Whitley holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Adelaide and George Washington University.

Whitley can be reached at


C. Bret Jessee, a senior fellow with the CPRC, is also a research director in the biomedical industry, working in the areas of trauma and reconstructive surgery. He received his PhD in Molecular Biology from Princeton University in 1986 and did post-doctoral research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and The University of Rochester. Bret’s recent industry research projects include quantitative studies of conflict of interest in the surgical products medical literature and bias in the peer review process attributable to medical research funding. Bret can be reached at



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