19 Jul , 2013

National Review Piece: Children and Guns – The Fear and the Reality

John Lott’s newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:

Should you ask your neighbors if they own a gun before your child plays at their house? And what do you do if they say yes?

After the tragic accidental death this month of a two-year-old Kentucky girl who had been shot by her five-year-old brother, the answer may seem obvious: Do not let your child play at a gun owner’s home, at least if you are not sure he is locking up his guns.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Who is really lying in the gun debate?

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

After failing to get his gun control bill passed by the Senate Wednesday, President Obama lashed out at his usual favorite targets, “the gun lobby” and Republicans.

He claimed “the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill.” He scolded “senators [who] could not offer any good reason” to oppose the legislation.

19 Jul , 2013

Philadelphia Inquirer Piece: The problems of gun checks

John Lott’s newest piece at the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

Everyone wants to keep criminals from getting guns. However, expanded background checks are not the simple answer that Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) think they are.

Unfortunately, as the Senate considers the Manchin-Toomey amendment, Toomey is simply wrong to assert: “It’s the people who fail a criminal or mental-health background check who we don’t want having guns.”

Toomey apparently does not understand how the background-check system works.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: Fact vs. fiction on background checks and the gun control debate

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

Will Senate Democrats be able to end debate on their new gun control bill Tuesday night? President Obama says that it is “not right” to continue the debate. But he might be more afraid that Senators will point out all of his false claims and reveal the gun control bill’s dangers.

19 Jul , 2013

Fox News Piece: UN Arms Trade Treaty will regulate individual gun ownership

John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News starts this way:

The U.N.’s Arms Trade Treaty, which seemed dead last July, is beginning to wrap up negotiations. The Obama administration is committed to getting it passed . Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed: “The United States is steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty.”

The treaty was resurrected on Nov.

30 May , 2013

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62% of Americans want the Senate to stop considering the gun control bill

So much for the belief that Americans want something done on gun control. The Reason-Rupe survey questions whether support for background checks generally mean support for a specific law that expands the regulations. The vast majority of Independents and Republicans want the Senate to stop considering the gun control bill. Even most women want the Senate to drop it.…

15 May , 2013

Newest piece at IBD: “Media Play Up Faulty Study Suggeting Link Between Guns, Death Rates”

John Lott’s newest piece at Investors’ Business Daily starts this way:

Do fewer guns mean fewer firearm deaths? If you believe the March 6th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association of Internal Medicine, the answer is “yes.”
A study by Eric Fleegler and four other co-authors received massive national news coverage from USA Today to the television networks.


2 May , 2013

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Piece on Canada’s National Gun Registry: Canada sank $2.7 billion into a pointless project

John Lott and Gary Mauser have a piece in the National Review on the end of Canada’s long gun registry.

Despite spending a whopping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long-gun registry, Canadians never reaped any benefits from the project. The legislation to end the program finally passed the Parliament on Wednesday.

2 May , 2013

Ann Coulter on “America’s Most Feared Economist”

Ann’s newest piece starts this way:

You can tell the conservatives liberals fear most because they start being automatically referred to as “discredited.”  Ask Sen. Ted Cruz. But no one is called “discredited” by liberals more often than the inestimable economist John Lott, author of the groundbreaking book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws.

1 May , 2013

CPRC Research

Multiple Victim Public Shootings

Yale University Law School Working Paper, October 19, 2000.

Lott, John R., Jr., Yale University Law School

Landes, William M. University of Chicago Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)


Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement

University of Chicago Law School, John M.…