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.

28 Apr , 2017

In The Washington Times: “A fair debate on guns is needed, but liberal lobbying groups refuse to participate”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed in the Washington Times about how gun control advocates refuse to debate gun control:

When you receive glowing media attention and have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, you don’t really have to debate. Michael Bloomberg just announced last week that he would be putting $25 million into next year’s House and Senate races.


24 Apr , 2017

In the Philadelphia Inquirer: Wolf should reconsider veto of school gun bill

Dr. John Lott has a new piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer on a bill before the Pennsylvania state Senate on allowing permitted concealed handguns in public schools.

Gov. Wolf wants to protect schools from mass public shootings by hiring “trained security professionals like school resource or police officers.” But a bill passed last week by the Senate Education Committee would allow school boards to let staff carry on school property as long as they have a concealed handgun permit and have gone through police-related firearms training.


21 Apr , 2017

In the Daily Caller: “Sessions Didn’t Disrespect Hawaii, He Raised An Important Question”

Dr. Lott has a new piece in the Daily Caller

The media is apoplectic that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized the federal judge in Hawaii who suspended President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on visas and refugees.  Sessions offending statement? “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the U.S.

7 Apr , 2017

in Real Clear Policy: “How Judicial Confirmations Got So Contentious”

Dr. John Lott has another piece at Real Clear Policy on Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Why are Democrats filibustering Judge Gorsuch, a Supreme Court nominee who has received accolades from even some of the most partisan, liberal lawyers? But that’s the wrong question. A clash was inevitable — if not over this Supreme Court nominee, then surely over the next.

6 Apr , 2017

In the Washington Times: Gun Control Advocates “Leaving threatened women defenseless”

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed in the Washington Times:

Protection orders are pieces of paper that can only do so much to keep women safe from violent men. But at the end of March, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would allow domestic violence victims to temporarily carry a permitted concealed handgun for 45 days without a permit.


6 Apr , 2017

In Fox News: “Gorsuch hysteria on the left: Here’s the real reason why Democrats have been so partisan about Trump’s pick”

Dr. John Lott has a new Fox News piece on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation:

Some ask why Democrats are filibustering Judge Gorsuch, who has received accolades from even some of the most partisan, liberal lawyers.  But a clash is inevitable — if not over this Supreme Court nominee, then surely over the next.  

27 Mar , 2017

CPRC in the Philadelphia Inquirer: Travel ban makes sense in some cases

Dr. John Lott’s newest piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer starts this way:

Last week, government officials banned most carry-on electronic devices from U.S.-bound flights originating in more than a dozen Middle Eastern and African countries. The reason was due to an increase in terror threats.

No judges are stopping the ban on electronic devices.

23 Mar , 2017

In the New York Daily News: NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the New York Daily News on why NPR and PBS should not get public subsidies.  It talks a little about NPR’s biases in covering the gun issue.  The piece starts this way:

Whatever original purpose public broadcasting had back in 1969, President Trump is right: The reason for its existence is long gone.