On The Young Turks: Discussing how Universal Background checks harm poor minorities

Jan 16, 2019 | Featured

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. spoke with the Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur about how universal background checks disarm poor minorities. The also debated whether more guns mean less crime.

Regarding claims about how crime rates vary across nations see here and how crime rates change after guns are banned see here. In reference to the graph on mass public shootings that Cenk shows see the paper discussed hereLott wasn’t able to see the graph when he was talking to Cenk Uygur, but he was correct guessing that they were relying on numbers from Adam Lankford at the University of Alabama.

The comments on this interview over at the Young Turk’s YouTube channel are available here.

(Monday, January 14, 2019, from 8:06 to 8:25 PM)



  1. Tom Campbell

    Mr Uygur appears to be a brick head. His fave strategy is to “beg the question” over and over and never answer a straightforward question from Dr Lott. Neither data nor studies correctly done and reviewed matter – just one’s opinion, based on emotion, daydreaming, and inability to judge the worth of competing studies. It is obvious that his most fundamental belief is that there can be a world totally without guns. This guy is truly not in touch with ground-based reality or the human species.

  2. Mike

    Hard to tell facts to someone that has their hands over their ears. Bless you for your patience. Great job. He TRIED to use talking points to gather his base, but he just looked foolish.

  3. John MacDonald

    It is not possible to have a real debate with Cenk. He’s a leftist, so emotion rules, real data is not relevant, and he constantly changes the subject. He knows what he knows, and is not capable of recognizing when his facts are not complete or simply wrong, especially if that goes against his ideology.