15 Feb , 2018

Gun control advocates make it personal, claim opponents “have blood on their hands”

Notice that when gun control advocates supported laws that made it so that the Republican congressmen last year couldn’t defend themselves, did Republicans attack Democrats for having “blood on their hands.”  No, but that is a common attack for Democrats.  As noted below, Dr. John Lott has long been the subject of these claims.…

12 Aug , 2017

Did the National Research Council Report on “Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review” show that right-to-carry laws don’t reduce crime?

A frequent claim by gun control advocates is that the National Research Council (NRC) 2005 report, “Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review,” has “debunked,” “emphatically rejected,” “disproved,” or failed to support research showing that right-to-carry laws reduce crime.  It is not too surprising that gun control advocates and the media like to point to their interpretation of the NRC report because the studies that look at the data for the US normally find strong support for right-to-carry laws reducing violent crime.  …

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24 Jan , 2017

CPRC at the Daily Caller: BuzzFeed’s Founder Spreads False Information. I Was One Of His Victims

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece at the Daily Caller that discussed Jonah Peretti’s past of impersonating

At the moment, media outlets want nothing to do with BuzzFeed, the “news” website that published unverified, “fake” allegations against Donald Trump.  The allegations are so flimsy that even Trump’s political opponents never used them.


31 Aug , 2016

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Response to Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes’ newest claims at ThinkProgress

I have responded previously to some of these claims by Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes. Their latest attack is over at ThinkProgress, which bills itself as providing a progressive perspective. No doubt, the attack was prompted by the media coverage that I have been getting for my new book, The War on Guns.  …


30 Aug , 2016

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Response to DeFilippis and Hughes Review of The War on Guns

DeFilippis and Hughes have another piece attacking Dr. Lott’s new book The War on Guns (UPDATE: DeFilippis and Hughes discretely note by their byline that they have updated this piece, but we haven’t taken the time to go through it again to see what they have changed.).  Past responses to Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes claims are available here and here.  …


5 Nov , 2015

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What gun control advocates bring up when they have nothing else to say, More attacks against the CPRC by gun control advocates

Gun control advocates want to argue that the only reason that people would support gun ownership is because they are getting paid off by gun makers.  Shira Goodman, the Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, made this argument in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (on November 1, 2015).  Bizarrely, she had also just recently made the same claim during an October debate that I had with her at Duquesne Law School.  …

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25 Oct , 2015

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How Bloomberg’s Everytown discusses gun-free zones: unable to debate the facts, they engage in false personal attacks

Gun-free zones are a serious problem. Shannon Watts, the head of Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action, claimed that research that John Lott had done was “wrong and misleading” and that Lott was “debunked.”  When Lott responded with a point-by-point refutation of her claim, she accused him of being a Twitter “troll.”  Watts makes clearly personal attacks, but she feels that it is improper for someone to factually respond to her claims.  …


31 Aug , 2015

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Gun Control Organizations and Left Wing Media Try to Intimidate CPRC Academic Board of Advisors

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) has spent some time putting together contact information for the CPRC’s academic board of advisors and the deans of their schools (see here and here).  The notion is that they think that they can intimidate all these prestigious academics into hiding.  Media Matters and other gun control media have tried getting others  to join in getting people to contact the deans of our academic advisors.  …


14 Aug , 2015

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Buzzfeed Hit Piece on CPRC’s John Lott

Last August, Taylor Woolrich was the first speaker at our conference for Students for Concealed Carry. Her tragic story about a woman who was being stalked and her desire to be able to defend herself received a lot of media coverage. In a piece at Buzzfeed last night and today, there is a story up about how John Lott supposedly put pressure on Taylor Woolrich to have an op-ed at Fox News.…