6 Jan , 2019

At Townhall: How Brazil’s New President Will Prove, Yet Again, That Gun Control Is Harmful

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed piece on what Brazil’s recent presidential will mean for people’s safety around the world.

Brazil’s strict gun control laws have failed. The country’s annual homicide rate now stands at 31 per 100,000 people—almost six times higher than the US rate. Despite bolstering of law enforcement after Brazil’s disarmament legislation took effect in 2003, the country’s homicide rate is higher now than in 2002.


2 Jan , 2019

At the Union Leader (NH): The State House is safer with guns

Dr. John Lott’s piece at the Union Leader (New Hampshire) addresses the move by state House Democrats to ban the carrying of guns at the state Capitol. His piece starts this way:

One wonders how Democrats in the New Hampshire State House ever go to restaurants or movie theaters or grocery stores.

23 Dec , 2018

At the Daily Caller: Trump Administration’s Report on School Safety passes — for government work

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at The Daily Caller on the school safety report released this laws week by the Trump administration. The piece starts this way:

The “Final Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety” — signed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Attorney General Matthew Whitaker — was released Tuesday afternoon, and it contained findings that may please both sides of the gun control debate.

17 Dec , 2018

In Canada’s National Post: The evidence simply doesn’t support calls for gun bans in Canada

Dr. John Lott has a piece with Professor Gary Mauser from Simon Frazer University on the recent call to ban handguns. The piece starts this way:

It seems obvious: ban guns and there won’t be any gun crime.

After two people were killed and 13 injured in a July shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordered his government to assess the idea of “a full ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada.” They are scheduled to finish the assignment by the end of the year.


17 Dec , 2018

At the Washington Times: The risks of a gun-free Capitol

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Washington Times about Democrats promising to ban Congressmen from being able to have guns on Capitol grounds. The piece starts this way:

Letting legislators bring guns onto the U.S. Capitol grounds or into their offices hasn’t been a problem for 242 years.


21 Nov , 2018

In the Chicago Tribune: On comparing mass public shooting rates across countries and the danger of gun-free zones

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Chicago Tribune on our new updated research on comparing mass public shooting rates across countries. The research that this op-ed is based on is available here (please download it).  The piece in the Tribune starts this way:

“This doesn’t happen anywhere else on the planet,” said California’s Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

9 Nov , 2018

At the Washington Times: Is the right primarily responsible for violence?

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Washington Times on these claims that violence is primarily perpetrated by those on the political right. The piece starts this way:

The media is intent on blaming President Trump and Republicans for any violence. They accuse Republicans of stoking the violence and claim that “right-wingers” have been more violent than their counterparts on the left.…


6 Nov , 2018

At the Daily Caller: The Mysterious Investigation Reporting of CNN’s KFile that Targets Republicans

If you care about media bias, here is a piece that Dr. John Lott had at the Daily Caller. It is actually republishing a piece that he had at Townhall, but there is quite a story behind that piece as Townhall quickly took it down after CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski complained. The beginning of the piece provides a preface for people to understand some of the background involved here.…

2 Nov , 2018

At the Daily Caller: The Media, Democrats were apoplectic about Trump’s response to Pittsburgh shooting

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Daily Caller on the biased media coverage about President Trump’s comments after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The piece starts this way:

The media and Democrats were apoplectic about President Trump’s comments after the horrific shooting attack at the Pittsburgh synagogue. For the most part, the media viewed his condolences as pitch-perfect.


30 Oct , 2018

At the Daily Caller: Attacks on police do nothing by harm

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at The Daily Caller that addresses the comments by Florida Democrat Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. It starts this way

Lots of Democrats are making it clear that they don’t trust the police. This past week, Andrew Gillum, Democrat gubernatorial nominee in Florida, claimed: “At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already have to go too far by their very presence.”

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for the Senate in Texas, created a ruckus when he described police as the “new Jim Crow.” Others, such as Vermont Independent Sen.