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Shooting Down the Gun Lobby’s Favorite “Academic”: A Lott of Lies

armedwithreason.comBy Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes

More guns, less crime.

Guns are used more in self-defense than in criminal acts.

The vast majority of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones.

Good guys with guns stop mass shootings.

Guns make women safer.

All of these claims are staples of the gun lobby, and all of them rely on the research and advocacy of Dr. John R. Lott.

John Lott is, without exception, the most prolific and influential writer on the topic of gun violence and gun control. He has credentials that would make most academics envious—with various stints at Stanford, Rice, UCLA, Wharton, Cornell, the University of Chicago and Yale.

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