John Lott was interviewed by Fox News about whether the NFL should ban off-duty police from carrying their service weapons at games.
“Off-duty police had been carrying their guns with them at NFL games from the time the NFL started until about a year-and-a-half ago, and there has never been a single problem,” John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told FoxNews.com. “Metal detectors can’t be depended on to secure stadiums from terrorists. When seconds count, an armed off-duty officer might be the closest person available to stop an attack.
Lott also counters the NFL’s claim that off-duty officers carrying their weapons to the game could cause problems.
“The NFL claims that the off-duty officers might accidentally be shot by security, but not only isn’t there any evidence that even civilians who stop mass public shootings are confused for the attackers, these very officers whose lives are supposedly at risk want to carry guns and believe that it makes both them and the public safer,” he said. . . .
Here is an op-ed that John Lott had last year in Investor’s Business Daily on this issue.