Gun Ownership On Trial: FreedomFest Debate 2019

15 Jan , 2020   Video

Dr. John Lott debated Michael Shermer on “Gun Ownership On Trial” at FreedomFest. The audience was favorably disposed to Dr. Lott, but he won the audience vote by 83% to 17% and won the jury vote by 10 to 2. The jury at least claimed that they could be unbiased, but who knows.…


Debate over Red Flag Laws and Universal Background Checks at Widener Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

20 Oct , 2019  

On Monday, October 21st, Dr. John Lott will debate Pennsylvania state Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery County) about Red Flag Laws and Universal Background Checks. The debate will be held at the Widener Law School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and will go from 4:30 to 5:45 PM. The address for the law school is 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA, and it is sponsored by the school’s Federalist Society.…


Federalist Society Debate on Red Flag Laws

20 Sep , 2019  

The Federalist Society’s Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group sponsored a debate between Dr. John Lott and the Heritage Foundation’s Amy Swearer on Red Flag Laws. While Swearer believes that Red Flag Laws need to be part of the process, Dr. Lott argues that it makes a lot more sense to use the Baker Act/302s that are already in place and have extensive civil rights protections as a starting point for any new proposals.…


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

14 Aug , 2019   Video

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.



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

10 Apr , 2019   Video

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.…


Gun Control debate at Truman State University

7 Feb , 2019  

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.…


“The Great Gun Control Debate” – Northern Michigan University

3 Apr , 2018   Video

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.


Debate over gun control on Turkish Television

2 Mar , 2018   Video

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.…



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

5 Feb , 2018   Video

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.  …