5 Mar , 2018

Florida Senate votes to arm teachers

Florida Senate votes to arm teachers, but this would be by far the most restrictive law in terms of the amount of training required by any of the 25 states that allow staff and teachers to carry.  The 144 hours of training is 3.6 times more than in the next most restrictive state, South Dakota, which requires 40 hours of training.  …

25 Feb , 2018

Three Sheriff’s Deputies at the Florida High School waited outside during attack, also the down side to having locked doors

Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but they usually don’t arrive on the scene while the crime is occurring.  Unfortunately, there are a couple cases where they could have been on the scene and chose not to do so.  Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson wasn’t the only police officer who refused to enter the Stoneman Douglas High School.  …

23 Feb , 2018

President Trump comes out Swinging on Arming Teachers

In 1998, when Dr. John Lott first proposed allowing teachers to be armed at schools virtually no one supported his idea.  The op-ed that he had in the Wall Street Journal was not well-received.  Still over the years, gun-free zones at schools have gradually been rolled back.

Today, however, President Trump came out in full force behind the idea of getting rid of gun-free zones at schools

Remarks by President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference




Office of the Vice President


For Immediate Release                           February 23, 2018





Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

Oxon Hill, Maryland

10:16 A.M.

22 Feb , 2018

Information on K-12 School and University Shootings Deaths: The number of deaths has been declining over time

The data below show the changes over time in both deaths from shootings at K-12 through college and also deaths from mass public shootings.


This data updates an earlier report that we had put out on deaths from school shootings in June 2014. Shooting deaths at K-12 schools make up over 78% of deaths at all schools, but despite an unusually large number of deaths so far this school year, both the number of deaths and the number of shooting incidents at K-12 schools has been declining over time.  …


18 Feb , 2018

An ROTC student said the hero football coach could have stopped the shooter if he had his firearm

An ROTC student said the football coach could have stopped the shooter if he had his firearm. The coach was also a security guard.  This was on Friday, February 17th, 2018, and it is something that you surely aren’t going to see on other television networks.  When asked about guns on campus, Colton Haab, a 17-year-old student at Stoneman Douglas High School, noted:

“Absolutely, unfortunately, gun control, it’s definitely needed a little bit more.

29 Jan , 2018

In the New York Daily News with Congressman Thomas Massie on Gun-free zones for schools

Dr. John Lott and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) have a new op-ed piece in the New York Daily News on the lessons from last week’s school shooting in Kentucky.  Here is how the piece starts:

Before knowing almost anything about last Tuesday’s mass public shooting at a high school in Kentucky, gun control advocates were once again calling for more gun control.

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25 Jan , 2018

Just 42.9% of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools have an armed guard who “routinely” carries a gun

During the 2015-16 school year, there were 83,600 public elementary and secondary schools.  Of those, 35,900 have a sworn law enforcement officer who “routinely” carries a gun.  That is only 42.9% of the schools.  And not even all this 42.9% had an officer available at their school all the time nor did those officers carry all the time when they were there.  …

24 Jun , 2017

Twenty school districts in Colorado have set up gun training program for teachers and administrators

From the Denver Post:

. . . 17 teachers and administrators from five mostly rural counties . . . received  intensive training this week on how to prevent — or at least minimize — a mass shooting at their schools, many of which are in far-flung areas where it would take law enforcement up to 30 minutes to respond.

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.

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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.