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Saturday, February 13, 2016

John Lott: Even Liberal Academics Are Turning Pro-Gun Ownership

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.” 

Read the full article here.