CPRC testimony before House Appropriations Committee: Should $50 million be given to the CDC for research on firearms?

Mar 7, 2019 | Featured

Dr. John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, testified before the House Appropriations Committee on whether the CDC should get more $50 million to fund public health research on firearms. The video above has excerpts of that testimony. The video of the entire 2 hour and eight-minute hearing is available here.

A copy of Lott’s written testimony and that of the other witnesses is available here. An op-ed at Fox News that summarizes what he said is available here.

(Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:30 AM EST)

One of the more amusing things about the hearing was the way the Chairwoman, Congresswoman DeLauro, introduced Dr. Lott. After mentioning the academic publications of the other witnesses and their academic histories, she introduced Lott this way:

John Lott, the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, Dr. Lott has held research or teaching positions at several academic institutions, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. Dr. Lott is a frequent op-ed writer and a contributor to Fox News.

Here is the bio that we submitted:

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, UCLA, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”
Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including three editions of “More Guns, Less Crime” from the University of Chicago Press.

He has been one of the most productive and cited economists in the world. Among economics, business and law professors his research is currently the 27th most downloaded in the world. During 1969 to 2000 he ranked 26th worldwide in terms of quality adjusted total academic journal output, 4th in terms of total refereed papers published, and 86th in terms of citations



  1. Charles Jessee

    Congresswoman DeLaureo’s introduction is consistent with many liberal media efforts to portray their stories as balanced. They will interview a few Ivy League professors with gun control perspectives and “balance” by interviewing two “Bubbas” with camo hats and Southern accents who support gun rights. Bloomberg has spent millions to train gun control advocates, from grassroots Mothers Demand Action activists to legislators, on how to introduce bias and misinformation without blatantly lying. They are rewriting Saul Alinski’s “Rules for Radicals” – the Bible for grassroots radical liberal advocacy – to a much more subtle means of colluding, confusing and misusing information to achieve theirs ends.

    • Jeff S.

      Amen Brother! On Point!

  2. Geary Mcdevitt

    We are never going to get a fair, unbiased soap box for the truth.
    Emotions are driving the country, it seems every fear our founders had is coming to be.


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