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Economist John Lott criticized that 2017 JAMA study in Thursday’s hearing and said that one of its problems “is that it ignores all this other funding.”
In prepared remarks shared ahead of his testimony, Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of “The War on Guns,” said people have been misled “into thinking that gun violence has been understudied.” He said public health research can be “poorly done” and “misleading,” and can exclude research by economists, criminologists and law professors.
“The money spent is likely to be counterproductive to saving lives. If there are too few resources being devoted to firearms research, it lies in areas outside of Public Health. Any government funded research must strive to obtain quality research that will actually help save lives,” Lott’s prepared remarks said.
Webster said in his testimony at the hearing that he believes weaknesses in public health research on gun violence “are often due to the modest levels of funding that limit the amount and type of data that are collected and analyzed.” . . .
Medpage Today, March 7, 2019
John Lott Jr., PhD, president of Crime Prevention Research Center and a FoxNews.com columnist, said that there is enough private funding from institutions like the RAND Corp. and billionaire donors such as Michael Bloomberg and George Soros to support gun violence research.
He argued that those who say there aren’t enough peer-reviewed studies on gun violence focus narrowly on medical journals and should also be looking at the work of economists and criminologists. Lott also said the medical research is poorly done, leveraging templates that might work for studying drug efficacy but don’t fit gun violence because there are so many factors outside researchers’ control.
He pointed to one research project costing hundreds of thousand of dollars that culminated in one paper eight pages long.
“It’s almost criminal the way federal resources are wasted,” Lott said. . .
The Hill, March 4, 2019 — as usual
Herald & Review, March 7, 2019
The FBI and the John Lott Crime Prevention Center have released current statistics which speak directly to this concern.
Yahoo! News, March 7, 2019
Of the witnesses, the lone dissenter was John Lott, a controversial researcher whose book “More Guns, Less Crime” has made him a popular speaker for defenders of expanded Second Amendment rights. Lott argued that the Dickey Amendment did not decrease the amount of research into gun violence. And he seemed to downplay the role of federally funded research in understanding the role of guns in American public health. “It’s important that we don’t waste valuable resources on studies that don’t add anything to our knowledge,” he said. . . .
New American, March 5, 2019
The New American published an article last August citing the latest report from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) showing that nearly two million Americans obtained their concealed-carry permits in 2016, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down. The article observed that most of the growth in gun ownership is taking place among women and minorities, partly because of concerns about personal safety.
The article quoted John Lott, the founder of CPRC and its chief researcher, who said, “It’s pretty much the most vulnerable people in our society who benefit the most from having the option to be able to go and protect themselves.” . . .
The Republican Standard, March 1, 2019
Other current measures have also been found to be either unsatisfactory or have no effect at all, according to studies from Northwestern University, CNN, and the Crime Prevention Research Center. . . .
The Hill, February 28, 2019
Currently, teachers in 28 states can carry firearms, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, and in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, Florida law was changed to allow school districts to train and arm certain school employees but inexplicably, not teachers themselves. . . .
Messenger-Inquirer, February 27, 2019
“Poor individuals, particularly poor minorities, are those who benefit the most” from being able to carry a concealed firearm, Lott said.
Lott said law enforcement is important but said, “police almost always arrive on-scene after a crime has been committed.”
Lott said several states already allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit and said he would expect more people to receive firearms training, even though such training will no longer be required. . . .
News Busters, March 1, 2019
Additionally, even though right-leaning crime researcher John Lott, author of The War on Guns, has disputed claims that the background check on Charleston church attacker Dylann Roof would have barred him from buying a gun if it had been completed as actually incorrect, several anchors and guests hyped the likelihood of preventing criminals from getting guns by extending the time the FBI is allowed to conduct background checks.
On Thursday afternoon’s Velshi and Ruhle show, Robyn Giffords of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence was allowed to appear as a guest and to laud the “incredible, historic” gun bills that give advocates a chance to enact new gun control at the federal level for the first time in about 25 years.
About an hour later, as Katy Tur hosted her block of MSNBC Live, she had Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice on the show to praise the Democratic success so far. As Tur took a moment to read to him a couple of arguments Republicans have made against the new proposals, she seemed befuddled at the argument that making someone wait 10 days to get a gun might prevent a woman from getting a gun to protect herself from an abusive spouse if she has reason to believe she needs a gun in a hurry.
The MSNBC host also played a clip of South Carolina Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn blaming the Dylann Roof killings on a background check period that was too short even though Lott has argued that Roof’s criminal history would not have been sufficient to bar him from purchasing a gun legally. . . .
John Stossel, Palm Beach Daily News, February 20, 2019; St. Augustine Record (Florida), February 28, 2019; Florida Times-Union, February 28, 2019; Daily Commercial, February 27, 2019; Ocala Star Banner, February 27, 2019; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 28, 2019; Gainesville Sun, February 28, 2019; News Chief, February 28, 2019
Economist John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (and father of one of my producers) spends much of his time researching gun use and correcting shoddy studies.
A few years ago, much of the media claimed that the U.S. has “the most mass shootings of any country in the world.” President Barack Obama added it’s “a pattern now that has no parallel anywhere else.”
CNN and The L.A. Times wrote about “Why the U.S. Has the Most Mass Shootings.” (“The United States has more guns.”)
But the U.S. doesn’t have the most mass shootings, says Lott. It’s a myth created by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford, a myth repeated by anti-gun media in hundreds of news stories.
“Lankford claimed that since 1966 there were 90 mass public shooters in the United States, more than any other country,” says Lott. “Lankford claimed ‘complete data’ were available from 171 countries.”
But how could that be? Many governments don’t collect such data and even fewer have information from before the days of the internet.
A shooting in say, India, would likely be reported only in local newspapers, in a local dialect. How would Lankford ever find out about it? How did he collect his information? What languages did he search in?
He won’t say.
“That’s academic malpractice,” says Lott in my video about the controversy.
I’m not surprised that Lankford didn’t reply to Lott’s emails. Lott is known as pro-gun. (He wrote the book “More Guns, Less Crime.”) But Lankford also won’t explain his data to me, The Washington Post or even his fellow gun control advocates. . . .
Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky), February 27, 2019
Members of the committee listened intently to the testimony for and against the bill. Advocates for the measure included NRA state director Art Thomm and John Lott Jr., a national gun rights advocate and contributor for FoxNews.com. They said it was needed to protect people. . . .
NRA-ILA, March 8, 2019
But, as Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center explained at Wednesday’s hearing, 86% of the homicides covered by the study were committed by means other than the residents’ own firearms. . . .
Moreover, pursuant to Obama-era executive actions, federal funding for research into firearm-related crime has recently been robust, with Dr. Lott testifying that over $42 million in grants were awarded for these types of projects from 2015 to 2018.
Meanwhile, generating “science” to justify gun laws continues to be a profitable industry apart from federal funding. Several state and private universities have their own well-funded efforts, and anti-gun states are increasingly using public funding for this purpose as well.
To be clear, the NRA is not opposed to using legitimate research methods for serious study into the dynamics of violent crime, including firearm-related crime. . . . .
Media Discussion on CPRC