15 Jun , 2017

In the New York Daily News: The shooting of Steve Scalise is an argument for concealed-carry reciprocity

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed in the New York Daily News discussing what we can learn from the public shooting in Alexandria, Virginia yesterday morning.

Although he was seriously wounded, it is a lucky thing that Rep. Stephen Scalise made it to baseball practice on Wednesday morning. Due to his position as majority whip, armed Capitol Hill Police accompanied Scalise.

15 Jun , 2017

At Fox News: “Scalise shooting and knee-jerk calls for more gun control – here we go again”

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News on the tragic attack this morning in Alexandria, Virginia starts this way:

Before the facts were even known about Wednesday morning’s 7 AM shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, gun control advocates were already calling for more stringent laws.

■ David Frum, senior editor for the Atlantic, called for background checks, gun licensing and registration, long gun permits, limits on magazine size, and restrictions on open carrying of guns.

10 Jun , 2017

In The Hill Newspaper: “The threat of radical Islam is not new, but what will we do?”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Hill newspaper that documents what a large percentage of terrorist attacks are committed by radical Muslims.  The piece starts this way:

Late last month, the Manchester bombing left 22 dead and 59 injured. Over the weekend, another 7 were killed and 48 injured in London by a truck and knife attack.

9 Jun , 2017

In The Hill Newspaper: “How the media got it wrong on Sheriff David Clarke plagiarism accusation”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in The Hill newspaper on the attacks directed at Sheriff David Clarke.  The piece starts this way:

When it comes to issues such as sanctuary cities, it is impossible to avoid controversy. When President Donald Trump appoints anyone to help oversee the issue, it will be controversial, especially if the appointment promises to be very effective one.

26 May , 2017

In The Hill newspaper: “Guns on campus is progressive academia’s straw man”

Dr. John Lott has another new piece in The Hill newspaper on academics concerns about guns on college campuses. The piece starts this way:

Gun control advocates frequently advise against people using guns for self-defense. But Michael Bloomberg and various anti-gun politicians often use armed guards as protection.

Talk is cheap.


19 May , 2017

In the Portland Press Herald (Maine): Gun-free campuses are magnets for murderers

Dr. John Lott co-authored an op-ed with State Representative Rich Cebra in the Portland Press Herald, Maines largest newspaper.  The piece was talked about Cebra’s legislation that would end the gun-free zone policy at the state’s public universities.  The piece starts this way:

Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone?

18 May , 2017

In the Orange County Register: Shooting down myths of ‘gun-free zones’ in schools

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed in the Orange County Register (287,474 daily circulation) on the move by Democrats in California to take away local control over whether permitted concealed handguns should be allowed in K-12 schools.

Two years ago, California passed a restriction concerning concealed carry on school campuses.


16 May , 2017

In the Hill Newspaper: How gun control advocates play the mainstream media for suckers

Dr. John Lott has his newest piece in The Hill newspaper on fake news in the media.  It starts this way:

Time-after-time, the New York Times and other publications have repeated the same false claim that concealed handgun permit holders are dangerous.

This claim will continue to be made as debate heats up over reciprocity, which would allow concealed handgun permits to be used across states like driver’s licenses.


8 May , 2017

In The Hill newspaper: “Democratic double standard on guns hurts the poor”

Dr. John Lott has started as a contributor for The Hill newspaper, which is read by members of Congress and their staff, though it has a somewhat broader audience.  Lott’s first piece is on the Democrats consistently pushing fees and taxes that make it difficult for poor people, particularly minorities, to buy guns for protection.  …

3 May , 2017

In Real Clear Policy: “Murder Isn’t a Nationwide Problem”

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed in Real Clear Politics today on our work on the concentration of murder and gun ownership in the US.

The vast majority of murders in the United States occur in just a tiny percentage of counties. In fact, the country can be divided up into three types of places: those where there are no murders; those where there are a few murders; and those where murders are very common.