14 Aug , 2019

Gun Ownership on Trial: John Lott’s Presentation at FreedomFest’s Mock Trial

Dr. John Lott debated Michael Shermer at FreedomFest in July 19, 2019. Because of copyright restrictions this post only provides Dr. Lott side of the presentation. Dr. Lott won the audience vote by 83% to 17% and won the jury vote by 10 to 2.


10 Apr , 2019

Debate on The Red Elephants between Steven “Destiny” Bonnell and John Lott on Gun Control

Steven “Destiny” Bonnell and Dr. John Lott debated gun control on the Red Elephants and Destiny youtube channels. Mr. Bonnell has a large following by young people on social media. While this was billed as a debate, it turned into more of a discussion than a debate.

Among the links discussed during the debate were:

— The literature on Right-to-Carry Laws

— Paper cited by Bonnell claiming that Right-to-Carry Laws increase crime (here and here)

— New York Times piece on background checks

— The last annual report on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) system background checks

— Homicide rates before and after gun bans

— Regarding international homicide and firearm homicide data

The original posting of the debate is back up on YouTube and can be seen here.…

7 Feb , 2019

Gun Control debate at Truman State University

Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, will be debating Paul Helmke, former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence about gun control at Truman State University on Friday, February 8, 2019. The debate will be at 7 PM in the Baldwin Auditorium. Find details here.…

3 Apr , 2018

“The Great Gun Control Debate” – Northern Michigan University

Dr. John Lott and Dr. Mike Weisser faced off in “The Great Gun Control Debate” at Northern Michigan University on March 28th, 2018. Unfortunately, the memory in the video camera was full so only half of Dr. Weisser’s talk was recorded.

2 Mar , 2018

Debate over gun control on Turkish Television

Turkish Television’s Newsmakers held a debate on gun control. The debate was between John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and Joel Rubin, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs during the Obama administration.
February 21, 2018

Survey data from PoliceOne for police generally and the National Association of Chiefs of Police are available here and here.…


5 Feb , 2018

Junior State of America debate on Gun Control: Dr. John Lott v. the Brady Campaign

Dr. John Lott debated Charles Blek from the Brady Campaign about gun control before the Southern California chapter of Junior State of America program. They covered a range of issues from background checks to concealed handgun laws. Lott’s presentation starts at 15:50 into the video. The debate took place on November 18, 2017 in Orange County, California.  …

28 Jul , 2017

Debate: Should drug addicts who keep failing to pay child support get prison sentences reduced if they have birth control?

Dr. John Lott debated a lawyer from Nashville, David Randolph Smith, about whether drug addicts who have frequently failed to provide child support be given the option of birth control to reduce their sentences by 30 days.  The debate took place on Wednesday, July 26th, on TRT World News.


7 Mar , 2017

Presentation at the St. Mary School’s Issue Day in San Antonio

St. Mary’s School in San Antonio has an issues day each year.  This year the issue was gun control.  This video below is a copy of Dr. John Lott’s presentation at the event.  The presentation took place on March 3rd, 2017.

A copy of the first part of the debate is available here (Dr.…

12 Sep , 2016


Debate over Campus Carry at Arizona State University Law School with AZ state Representative Juan Mendez

The Arizona State University Federalist Society sponsored a debate between Dr. John Lott and AZ state Representative (soon to be state Senator) Juan Mendez about Campus Carry at public universities in Arizona on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.

Later that day, John Lott also gave a talk that evening to Students for Self Defense at Arizona State University.…