18 Sep , 2017

At The Hill: “Democrats must denounce the rise in harassment against Republicans”

Dr. John Lott has a new opinion piece at The Hill newspaper on the union-backed disruptions of congressional Republicans.  The title used by The Hill says “Democrats must denounce the rise in violence against Republicans,” but that isn’t exactly what the op-ed piece says.  The article starts this way:

As masked leftists use clubs to shut down free speech at Berkeley and elsewhere, Democrats have unfortunately been reticent to condemn the activity.

17 Sep , 2017

Bloomberg’s Everytown announces initially spending of $1 million on Virginia state races this year

In 2015, Bloomberg spent $2 million just on two state Senate races to flip the control of the Virginia state Senate.  The announcement of a new $1 million only includes initial money directly from Everytown and not the side donations that Bloomberg makes directly to Democrats.  One has to be very careful not to automatically assume that just because Bloomberg has previously not gotten a lot of return to his money that he will be in the same position this time.  …


17 Sep , 2017

In the news, our testimony before President’s Advisory Comm: CBS, NBC, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR, Politico, etc

Much of this media coverage over the last week has been critical and distorted what Dr. Lott actually said during his testimony before President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (a video of the testimony is available here and a discussion of some of the false claims is available here).  We have also submitted letters to the editor for many publications and will put those notes up after the media makes decisions on those them.  …

16 Sep , 2017

Six defensive gun uses by people legally carrying in public over four days in mid-September

Dolton, Illinois, ABC Channel 7 WLS, September 14, 2017

The 20-year-old man with a gun walked into the Advance Auto Parts store in the 800-block of East 147th Street around 8 p.m. and tried to rob the store, police said.

He ran out of the store and toward a customer, who told police the suspect had a gun.

14 Sep , 2017

On Chicago WIND to discuss background checks for voters

Dr. John Lott talked to Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson on WIND in Chicago about his testimony before the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity and his idea to use background checks for voters.

(Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 8:05 to 8:18 AM)

14 Sep , 2017

Responding to some of the attacks on Dr. Lott after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Over the last few days, there have been a lot of attacks on Dr. Lott research after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  One of the common lines of attack has been that he testified in an area where he is not an expert.

The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham claims:

“But Lott also occasionally branches out into other topics.

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13 Sep , 2017

UPDATE: Gun ownership rate rises

UPDATE: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey also shows a continued increase in gun ownership, with gun ownership hitting 48%.  Has gun ownership gone up 7 percentage points in just two years?  Probably not.  That is the equivalent of a 17 percent increase in gun ownership, but it shows that many people were probably not telling pollsters that they owned guns.  

13 Sep , 2017

In the Kansas City Star: “Look at facts in the campus firearm debate”

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed in the Kansas City Star on the debate of permitted concealed handguns on college campuses.  The piece starts this way:

As college classes start up in Kansas this fall, it’s a good time to take stock of the rise in the number of schools where people can carry guns for protection.

13 Sep , 2017

CPRC testifies to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Dr. John Lott discussed how the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) could be used to check the eligibility of voters.  Lott also discussed his research on vote fraud.  His testimony starts at 33:00 minutes into the video.

(Tuesday, September 12th, 2017)


11 Sep , 2017

In the Chicago Tribune: “Apply background checks for gun purchases to voting”

Dr. John Lott has another op-ed in the Chicago Tribune based on part of the testimony that he will be giving on Tuesday morning to President’s Commission on Voter Integrity in New Hampshire.  The piece in the Tribune starts this way:

Republicans worry about vote fraud. Democrats claim that Republicans are just imagining things.