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The Truth About Guns – An Interview with John Lott, Jr. – Episode 452

On this episode of Blunt Force Truth, Chuck and Mark are joined by John Lott, Jr. John brings a wealth of expertise on gun and crime statistics as they discuss the recent mass shootings. Chuck and Mark get John’s thoughts on the Democrats’ calls for gun control.

They discuss how Democrats are ignoring the issue of mental health and using horrible acts of violence for political ends. They discuss how an assault weapon ban would not solve any issues and how criminals will find ways around it.

Chuck and Mark finish up discussing gun laws, mental illness, and red flag laws. John explains how implementing red flag laws can do the opposite of what they are intended to do. They also explain how Democrats base their decision off emotions, not facts.

More about John Lott Jr.:

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. is an economist and a world recognized expert on guns and crime.  Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988-1989. He is currently a contributor to The Hill newspaper and a Fox News columnist.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” His most recent books are “Dumbing Down the Courts: How politics keeps the smartest judges off the bench” and “The War on Guns.”

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.” He has been one of the most productive and cited economists in the world (during 1969 to 2000 he ranked 26th worldwide in terms of quality adjusted total academic journal output, 4th in terms of total research output, and 86th in terms of citations). Among economics, business and law professors his research is currently the 28th most downloaded in the world. He is also a frequent writer of op-eds.

Connect with John Lott, Jr.:


Twitter: @johnrlottjr


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