Counter to the claims of media pundits and gun-control advocates, more and more liberal academics believe in the benefits of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
That is the finding of a survey this week by economist and author John Lott and Canadian professor Gary Mauser. In a Feb. 12 article on Investors.com, Lott reports that he and Mauser surveyed 74 researchers who had published gun-related, peer-reviewed empirical research in criminology and economics journals over the last 15 years. Among economists, Democrats outnumbered Republicans 3 to 1; among the criminologists (a subfield of sociology), Dem faculty members dominated by a ratio of 37 to 1.
Surprisingly, by large margins the majority of researchers agreed that “gun-free zones attract criminals, that guns in the home do not increase the risk of suicide, that concealed handgun permit holders are much more law-abiding than the typical American and that concealed carry leads to lower murder rates.”