John Richard Lott Jr. is an economist and
political commentator. Lott was formerly
employed at various academic institutions
including the University of Chicago, Yale
University, the Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania, and the
University of Maryland, College Park, and
at the American Enterprise Institute
conservative think tank. He is currently a
Fox News opinion contributor. He holds a
Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Lott has written for both academic and
popular publications.  He is a frequent
writer of op-eds, and has written seven
books, including
More Guns, Less Crime,
The Bias Against Guns,
Freedomnomics. His most recent book is
At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over
the Edge?  
Lott is best known for his role
in the gun rights debate, particularly his
arguments against restrictions on owning
and carrying guns. Nobel laureate Milton
Friedman said that "John Lott has few
equals as a perceptive analyst of
controversial public policy issues."
Newsweek also referred to Lott as "The
Gun Crowd's Guru." Lott is also listed in
"Who's Who in Economics."
John R. Lott,Jr.
Gun Control Expert
Article published Tuesday, April 21, 2015,
at Fox News.

The truth about gun free zones

By John R. Lott, Jr.
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.

Authors were asked if they agreed with
the statement: "In the United States,
guns are used in self-defense far more
often than they are used in crime.”
Hemenway reports that 73 percent
disagreed. However, many respondents
may have believed that there still exists a
net benefit from gun ownership — just
not enough to say that guns are used
defensively “far more often.”  
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