10 Nov , 2013

Rep. Matt Gaetz, The Chair Of Florida “Stand Your Ground” Hearings, cites statistics from CPRC during debate


The Crime Prevention Research Center’s recent testimony to the US Senate has had implications for the Stand Your Ground debate in Florida. Rep. Matt Gaetz began quoting from John Lott’s testimony at about 3:31 into this video and continues until 4:31. Gaetz’s entire testimony is worth listening to and quite powerful.…

5 Nov , 2013

Newest Fox New piece: New gun rules for Neighborhood Watch volunteers in Sanford, Fla. about race, politics not saving lives

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

When lives are on the line, what saves lives — not politics – should guide policy.

Gun control advocates used to warn about blood in the streets if we didn’t tighten gun laws, but as concealed handgun permits in the U.S.

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4 Nov , 2013

Some notes on John Roman’s “Race, Justifiable Homicide, and Stand Your Ground Laws: Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report Data,” Urban Institute

A copy of Roman’s report is available here.  Apparently, the report was referenced extensively in last week’s Senate testimony on Stand Your Ground laws.

1) If you were to do this study right, you would look at the change in justifiable homicides in each state before and after the Stand Your Ground law went into effect.  

31 Oct , 2013

White Regression Gun Ownership

Evaluating: “Racism, gun ownership and gun control: Biased attitudes in US whites may influence policy decisions”

Greg Gutfeld made use of the discussion below in his appearance on Fox News’ “The Five” on Friday (transcript here).
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comJohn Lott’s op-ed at Fox News summarizing part of the post below is available here.

Original Post:

Four academics from Australia and the UK have really gone out of their way to put together some poorly done research (Kerry O’Brien, Walter Forrest, Dermot Lynott, and Michael Daly).  

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29 Oct , 2013

Crime Prevention Research Center in the News regarding Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws

From the Jackson County Floridian: Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R.…

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29 Oct , 2013

Chicago Tribune opinion piece for Tuesday’s Senate hearing: “In defense of stand your ground laws”

John Lott’s piece at the Chicago Tribune coincides with the Senate hearing on Stand Your Ground laws tomorrow.  The article starts this way:

As Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Judiciary subcommittee hears testimony on “stand your ground” laws Tuesday, charges of racial discrimination will be the central focus. Two black women, one of them Trayvon Martin’s mom, are expected to testify about losing their sons to gunshots by white or Hispanic men.

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29 Oct , 2013

Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Stand Your Ground Laws

Tomorrow at 10 AM the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights will hold a hearing on Stand Your Ground laws.  A copy of my testimony is available here.  From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will chair a hearing Tuesday on the controversial “stand your ground” laws that played a role in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer, George Zimmerman.

27 Oct , 2013

Debate on CNN with the head of the Brady Campaign about gun sales online

“CNN asks two gun sales experts about social media site Instagram permitting firearm sales online.”

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26 Oct , 2013

Debate on CNN with the head of the Brady Campaign about gun sales online

“CNN asks two gun sales experts about social media site Instagram permitting firearm sales online.”

25 Oct , 2013

Berkeley Forum 1

Debate on Gun Control at UC Berkeley


The Daily Californian has this discussion (though their discussion isn’t completely accurate):

The Berkeley Forum hosted a panel of gun policy experts Friday night to discuss the future of firearms and public safety in America.

The panel, titled “Guns, Crime and Freedom,” brought a trio of speakers to the UC Berkeley campus — author and economist John Lott, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Stanford professor Jack Rakove and Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.