Dems Have Not Dropped Gun Control Agenda

By John R. Lott Jr. Has the gun control issue really disappeared? Some think that Democrats, chastised by the loss of the presidency of 2000 and the loss of the Senate in 2002, have learned the risk of supporting gun control the hard way. Some even argue that there is a more fundamental change in […]

Lott Believes Liberal Internet Activist Behind Website

By Jeff Johnson Capitol Hill ( – Pro-gun researcher John Lott of the American Enterprise Institute believes a liberal Internet activist is behind a website that falsely claimed to be operated by Lott when it first went online but now presents itself as a parody. The site’s domain name registration was changed Friday, removing most […]

Exchange Over Discussion In St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  Ian Ayres and John Donohue have a strongly worded letter to the editor that they have apparently sent to the Post-Dispatch. First is my letter to the editor: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 2003 Valid gun research On March 9, and again on July 12, the Post-Dispatch has published editorials critically discussing my research […]

Jay Ambrose: Simple-Minded On Gun Control

Conservatives, says a new study, are simple-minded, to which I say that’s partly true, some of us sometimes are, but I would also argue that the characterization can apply to some liberal dispositions, such as the one on gun control shows. It’s not that there are no brainy liberals out there engaged in all sorts […]

Swiss Miss: Policymakers Aiming In The Wrong Direction

Two years ago — on September 27, 2001 — a lone gunman shot and killed 14 people in the cantonal parliament in Zug, near Zurich. To the Swiss justice minister, Ruth Metzler, the country’s liberal gun laws were responsible. Joined by the Swiss People’s party, the Radical party, and the Swiss business federation, Metzler has […]

Half Cocked: Why Most Of What You See In The Media About Guns Is Wrong

I often give talks to audiences explaining that research by me and others shows that guns are used much more often to fend off crimes than to commit them. People are very surprised to learn that survey data show that guns are used defensively by private citizens in the U.S. anywhere from 1.5 to 3.4 […]

The 2004 Hunt: Presidential Candidates On Guns

Democratic presidential candidates have recently taken up a new calling: offering advice to hunters. Governor Howard Dean supports extending the assault-weapons ban next year “because I never met a hunter who needed an AK-47 to shoot a deer.” Senator John Kerry offered, “When I go out there and hunt, I’m going out there with a […]