John Lott

Aug 042015

A response to Mother Jones’ mistake filled article on John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center

by John R. Lott
Crime Prevention Research Center

The altered image above is from a new Mother Jones’ article, which was written to try discrediting John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Mother Jones is willing to do anything to push for gun control.  The magazine is very left-leaning and is funded by individuals such as George Soros.  Even academics such as James Alan Fox, who supports gun control, have taken Mother Jones to task for its misleading use of data on guns.

For several years, Mother Jones and John Lott have been having a running feud.  Unable to win the battle of facts, Mother Jones this week tried hitting back in a more personal way. Continue reading »

Apr 252015

The truth about gun free zones

Dr. John R. Lott Dr. John R. Lott
Fox News

Gun control advocates this month took a page from the global warming activists playbook: the science is settled, so there is no need for debate.

However, instead of actually reviewing the scientific literature on the subject, Professor David Hemenway at Harvard made a survey of cherry-picked authors.  Surprisingly, he found the vast majority agreed that we need more gun control.

So let’s look at the details.  He polled authors who had published in the fields of “public health, public policy, sociology, or criminology.”  Most notably, half of the authors picked were within Hemenway’s own field of public health and another third were sociologists/criminologists, followed by public policy and a few economists. It dramatically over weighted those in public health.  It didn’t matter whether the publications even contained any empirical work or were related to the survey questions. Continue reading »

Nov 222011

Unpublished Lott-Mauser Letter

Funny, isn’t it, how some stuff just never seems to get published in the ever-so-informative MSM?  What with all the hullabaloo lately over C-19, you’d think this would be relevant or something…

Go figure.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Despite spending a whooping $2.7 billion on creating and running a long gun registry, Canadians still have not reaped any benefits.  Even though the registry started registering long guns in 1998, it has yet to solve one single murder. Instead it has been an enormous waste of police officers’ time, diverting their efforts from patrolling Canadian streets and doing traditional policing activities. As parliament debates whether to eliminate the long gun registry, safety should be the real concern.

Control advocates have long claimed that registration was a safety issue, and the reasoning was straightforward: If a gun had been left at a crime scene and it was registered to the person who committed the crime, the registry would link the crime gun back to the criminal.

Nice logic, but reality does not work that way.  Crime guns are very rarely left at the crime scene, and when they are left at the scene criminals are not stupid enough to register their guns.  Even in the few cases where crime guns are left at the scene it is usually because criminals have either been seriously injured or killed, so these crimes will be solved even without registration. Continue reading »

Oct 012011

Where are the doomsayers now?

by John Lott

Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down gun control laws in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Politicians predicted disaster. “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence,” Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision.

Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would “go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets . . . .”

The New York Times even editorialized this month about the Supreme Court’s “unwise” decision that there is a right for people “to keep guns in the home.”

But Armageddon never happened. Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in Washington, murder and gun crime rates didn’t rise after the bans were eliminated — they plummeted. They have fallen much more than the national crime rate. Continue reading »

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