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John Lott
John Lott
President, Crime Prevention Research Center
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      John Lott

      John Lott is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and a former chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission. He is the author of eight books including “More Guns, Less Crime” (University of Chicago Press, 2010, 3rd edition).

The New York Times Believes MoJo’s Gun-Control Myths

12:56 PM 08/13/2015

Normally, even the New York Times doesnt cite such an unreliable source as Mother Jones for evidence. But when it comes to gun control, its considered okay to use biased sources, call people names, and thoughtlessly dismiss the notion that gun-free zones endanger lives.

What Mother Jones Missed In Its Hit Piece About Me

12:08 PM 08/03/2015

Mother Jones, a leftist magazine funded by people such as George Soros, and I have been in a running feud for years. They have continually made false claims about guns, often claims that have been cited by the general media, such as CNN, and I have corrected them. Unable to win the battle of facts, Mother Jones this past week published a report claiming that academics don’t support my research.

Texas Should Move On Allowing Concealed Carry On College Campuses

1:24 PM 06/01/2015

William McRaven, the University of Texas System Chancellor, has weighed in heavily against allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses. Disappointingly, despite his fears about safety, difficulties in recruiting and retaining quality faculty, and higher tuition costs, he has offered no evidence to support his claims. With days left in the session, the fate of the bill is too close to call.

When Security Fails, Gun Rights Are The Last Line Of Defense

12:33 PM 12/19/2014

These days, it isn’t even safe to get a cup of coffee. Australians just learned this the hard way. In the U.S., watching a movie can apparently be too dangerous. At least, terrorist threats by North Korea canceled the showing of “The Interview” in movie theaters.

Why Gunlock Laws Make People Less Safe

9:14 AM 08/12/2014

It’s every family’s worst nightmare to lose a child. The Naumkin family, of Saratoga Springs, New York, suffered such a tragedy in 2010, when twelve-year-old Nicholas died from an accidental gunshot. A friend had fired his father’s unlocked gun.

No, Obama’s judicial nominees don’t have unusually long confirmation times

10:18 AM 09/11/2013

Sparks will likely fly today during Robert Wilkins confirmation hearing to the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, or as President Obama calls it, "the second highest court in the country." Adding fuel to the fire, when Wilkins was nominated in June President Obama claimed that Republicans were "cynically” engaging in “unprecedented" obstruction of judicial nominations. Further, Democrats keep threatening to change Senate rules, doing away with the filibuster for judicial nominations, if they don’t get their way.

Obama’s spending failure

6:21 PM 02/13/2013

According to President Obama, cutting government spending will “certainly slow our recovery.” Over and over again, he has described the sequester’s threatened $85 billion cut in spending out of a $3.8 trillion budget as “devastating.” But that represents a mere 2 percent cut in spending. Obama frightens people by pretending that the $1 trillion cut takes place right away rather than being spread out over 10 years.