NCPA Economic Policy Forum & Author Series
Copies of Mr. Lott's book More Guns, Less Crime will be available for purchase at the luncheon. Mr. Lott will sign copies after the luncheon.
On November 4, the NCPA welcomes John R. Lott, Jr. Lott is the author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data-including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C-that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.
On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott Jr.'s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott's simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence.
Lott is an author in both academia and in popular culture. He is a frequent writer of opinion editorials, has published over 90 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals related to his research areas, and has authored five books, including More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, and Freedomnomics. Outside of academia, Lott is best known for his participation in the gun rights debate, particularly his arguments against restrictions on owning and carrying guns. He is also known for taking conservative positions on a wide range of political issues.
Mr. Lott is an American senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has previously held research positions at other academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the non-academic American Enterprise Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA, and his areas of research include econometrics, law and economics, public choice theory, industrial organization, public finance, microeconomics, labor economics, and environmental regulation.