Late Professor of Political Science at Boston College
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
"[John] Lott’s work convinces me that the decrease in murder and robbery in states with shall-issue laws, even after controlling statistically for every other cause of crime reduction, is real and significant. Of the many scholars who were given Lott’s data and did their own analyses, most agree with his conclusions. States that passed these laws experienced sharp drops in murder, rape, robbery, and assault, even after allowing for the effects of poverty, unemployment, police arrest rates, and the like. States that did not pass these laws did not show comparable declines. And these declines were not trivial – he is writing about as many as 1,000 fewer murders and rapes and 10,000 few robberies. Carrying concealed guns reduces – it does not increase – the rate of serious crime, and that reduction is vastly greater than the generally trivial effect of gun-carrying on accidental shootings."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the concealed carry of handguns; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in gun control and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Political Science, Boston College, 2009-2012
Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2003
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Political Science Association, 2001
Professor, Public Policy, Pepperdine University, 1998-2008
President, American Political Science Association, 1991-1992
Recipient, James Madison Award, American Political Science Association, 1990
Professor, Management and Public Policy, UCLA, 1985-1997