John Lott Books on Gun Laws and Gun Control

The Bias Against Guns; Why Almost Everything You've Heard about Gun Control Is Wrong

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John Lott shows how liberals bury pro-gun facts out of sheer bias against the truth. With irrefutable evidence, Lott shoots gun critics down and provides the information needed to win arguments with those who want to ban guns. Lott shows: How Diane Sawyer, Dan Rather, Charlie Gibson, and other TV talking heads promote gun control in the guise of ‘news’; The clever way reporters and the New York Times ‘spike’ pro-gun stories; The trick government statisticians use to ‘cook’ data for the anti-gun lobby; Why bicycles, buckets, and football games are more dangerous to children than guns; Why ‘assault weapons bans’ and ‘gun show’ regulations are counterproductive; Why Britain — which recently banned handguns — now has a violent crime rate double that of America’s; The fallacy of ‘safe storage’ laws. Want the facts? John Lott has them. With this book, anyone can arm themselves against liberals who would rather confiscate guns than fight crime.

Praise for The Bias against Guns

“If you want the truth the anti-gunners don’t want you to know… you need a copy of The Bias Against Guns.” —Sean Hannity, of Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes

“John Lott’s thoughtful study should be read by everyone interested in the control of violent crime, and protection against terrorism.” —Vernon L. Smith, 2002 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

“John Lott’s 1998 book, More Guns, Less Crime, created quite a stir among the gun-control romantics, whose expressive advocacy involves neither sound analytics nor empirical evidence. In this follow-on book, The Bias Against Guns, Lott continues the struggle, and responds to his critics, motivated by his strong conviction that analysis and evidence must, finally, win the day.” —James Buchanan, 1986 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

“Another major contribution by John Lott to the evidence on the effects–good and bad–of gun-control legislation. An important supplement to his More Guns, Less Crime.”–Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics

“As a gun-toting rock ‘n’ roll star all my life, I have lived firsthand the outrageous media and Hollywood bias against good guys with guns forever. I laugh in their face. John Lott is my academic hero.” —Ted Nugent, recording artist and author of Kill It & Grill It and Gods, Guns, & Rock ‘n’ Roll

“[Lott] marshals unimpeachable evidence on how the anti-gun crusade, driven by sins of omission and commission, might actually be costing many more lives than it saves. You’ll want to have this intellectual ammunition.” —Walter E. Williams, economist and syndicated columnist

“John Lott is a scholar’s scholar and a writer’s writer–and his book shows why. That gun ownership might bring social benefits as well as costs is a story we do not often see in the press, and Lott here explores why. With a blend of new data, evidence, and examples, he unpacks the bias against such stories in the media.”–J. Mark Ramseyer, Harvard Law School professor

About the Author

John Lott is a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of more than 90 scholarly articles as well as the books More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, and Freedomnomics.

He has formerly held research positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the American Enterprise Institute.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1984.

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws

More Guns Less Crime by John R. Lott

On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’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. 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.


“A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention. More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates. . . . Mr. Lott’s book—and the factual arsenals of other pro-gun advocates—are helping to redefine the argument over guns and gun control.”

(James Bovard Wall Street Journal )“John Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime revives the wisdom of the past by using the latest tools of social science. By constructing careful statistical models and deploying a wealth of crime data he shows that laws permitting the carrying of concealed weapons actually lead to a drop in crime in the jurisdictions that enact them. . . . By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure, he has permanently changed the terms of debate on gun control. . . . Lott’s book could hardly be more timely. . . . Lott’s work is a model of the meticulous application of economics and statistics to law and policy.” ~ John O. McGinnis, National Review

About the Author

John R. Lott, Jr., is the author five books, including Freedomnomics and Are Predatory Commitments Credible? Who Should the Courts Believe?, the latter also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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