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John R. Lott, PhD Biography

Founder and President of Crime Prevention Research Center
Con to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"

“In the wake of tragedies such as Newtown, gun control advocates keep pushing for more restrictions. But the proposed regulations have nothing to do with the tragedies…

Even worse for gun control advocates, people are realizing that regulations — such as gun-free zones — tend to encourage attacks by disarming law-abiding citizens instead of criminals.

Hopefully, cities such as Washington, Los Angeles and New York will change their rules as more poor blacks and women recognize the benefits of gun ownership. At present, only rich, well-connected people can get concealed carry permits in those places. The poor have every bit as much right to defend themselves.”

“Why Most Americans Oppose More Gun Control,”, Dec. 30, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Founder and President, Crime Prevention Research Center, 2013-present
  • Columnist,
  • Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland at College Park, 2007-2010
  • The Dean’s Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006-2007
  • Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2001-2006
  • Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Law, 1999-2001
  • Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1995-2001
  • John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law, 1995-1999
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chicago Business School, 1994-1995
  • Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1995
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1989-1991
  • Chief Economist, US Sentencing Commission, 1988-1989
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University, 1987-1988
  • The John M. Olin National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1986-1987
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University, 1984-1986
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), 1983-1984
  • Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
  • MA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980
  • Other:
  • Born in Detroit, MI
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    Pro & Con Quotes: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States?