At National Review: Biden, Beto, and Gun Control: They want to take your firearms away and make no bones about it

5 Mar , 2020  

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at National Review on Joe Biden’s decision to pick Beto O’Rourke to head his gun-control effort.

November 2020 will be known as the gun-control election.

Tuesday night, former Vice President Joe Biden announced that Beto O’Rourke “will be the one who leads” his gun-control effort.


At the Daily Caller: Democrats’ Selective Concern Over Voter IDs

4 Mar , 2020  

Dr. John Lott and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) have an op-ed at the Daily Caller on Democrats’ Selective Concern Over Voter IDs. They seem to believe that free voter IDs interfere with people’s right to vote, but costly IDs and lots of other fees aren’t important for stopping poor blacks from the right to defend themselves and their families.…


At Townhall: Fact-Checking the Democrat Presidential Debate on Guns

27 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott wrote a piece for Townhall that fact-checked some of the claims made during the Democrat presidential debate on Tuesday night in Charleston, South Carolina. The piece starts this way:

For once, a gun control claim was too much for even the media fact-checkers. During last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina, former Vice President Joe Biden bizarrely declared: “A hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007, when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability.”

Obviously, half of the country hasn’t disappeared since 2007.


At Townhall.com: Bernie Sanders Misleading Narrative on Communist Cuba

25 Feb , 2020  

This piece draws on research that Dr. John Lott did regarding the substitutability between using the police state and indoctrination to control citizens. The piece at Townhall starts this way:

With Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) becoming the odds on favorite to win the Democrat nomination, the media rehabilitation efforts have begun.


In the Wall Street Journal: Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg: They don’t level the field; they tilt it to the advantage of billionaires, especially if they own media firms.

24 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott and Brad Smith have an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the harm created by campaign finance laws. Since campaign finance laws carry criminal penalties, they are something that interests the Crime Prevention Research Center. The laws create a very uneven playing field, with a very wealthy person such as Michael Bloomberg particularly advantaged.…


At Fox News: Bloomberg’s 2016 comments degrading farmers are totally off-base

18 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott’s piece on Michael Bloomberg’s latest comments are available here. After a series of racist comments, Bloomberg has created trouble for himself with comments on farmers.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s campaign slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt. for circulating a 2016 video of Bloomberg’s comments on farming in which he said, “You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.” Bloomberg’s campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said that the comments were “completely out of context.”

The problem is that the rest of Bloomberg’s comments don’t help him.


Mayor Pete’s lies on Guns

18 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece at Townhall.com on Mayor Pete Buttigieg starts this way:

One of the Democrats’ favorite talking points on gun control that we don’t need military weapons of war on America’s streets. Former mayor Pete Buttigieg has been the most effective of the presidential candidates at making this claim, because of his military background.


In the Sante Fe New Mexican: Understanding New Mexico’s ‘red-flag’ law

13 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed on a Red Flag bill that is going through the New Mexican state legislature.

Nobody wants dangerous people to get guns. To some, the obvious solution is “red-flag” laws, which take away the guns of people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. Last week’s largely party-line vote in New Mexico’s Senate shows that these laws are more controversial than normally understood (“Senate passes ‘red-flag’ gun bill,” Feb.


At Townhall: While Democrats Think This Bill Will Increase Illegal Immigration, The Opposite Will Happen

12 Feb , 2020  

Dr. John Lott’s latest op-ed at Townhall starts this way:

Democrats think that they have figured out a way to encourage more illegal aliens to come to the United States. The bill, “Protecting the Right to Organize,” which passed the House last week, allows illegal aliens to be protected by federal labor laws.


At Fox News: Why Bloomberg’s 2015 Racist ‘Stop and Frisk’ remarks are riddled with inaccuracies

11 Feb , 2020  

Bloomberg now claims that the comments that Dr. Lott discusses below didn’t represent his real views on these issues: “It’s just not the way that I think, and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day.” But the question is what is more likely to represent his true views: what he says in a press conference or what he says in private meeting with people?…