Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center
Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
"Ordinary, law-abiding citizens who own handguns and carry licensed, concealed weapons rarely use their guns except in matters of self-defense. Criminals and those who carry illegal and unlicensed firearms are typically those who commit violent crimes. It is a fact that in communities where citizens have been granted licenses to carry concealed weapons and are not restricted from keeping loaded guns in their homes, crime rates drop. Such conditions have proven to be a deterrent to crimes such as home invasions, burglaries, muggings and car-jackings because criminals will not risk being confronted by a victim's firearm. Tightening laws restricting the use and possession of firearms does not protect average law-abiding citizens; it only puts them at greater risk. Enforcing licensing restrictions, trigger locks, and waiting periods makes it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and as a result encourages criminal activity. Only criminals benefit when ordinary citizens are deprived of their right to own a firearm and protect themselves, their homes, and their families."
More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun-Control Laws, 2000
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to gun control and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to gun control and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder and President, Crime Prevention Research Center, 2013-present
Visiting Senior Research Scientist, University of Maryland at College Park, 2007-2010
Visiting Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2006-2007
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2001-2006
Served as Statistical Expert for the minority report produced by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Florida 2000 Presidential election, 2001
Testified Before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Public Hearing on the "Help America Vote Act of 2001," Dec. 5, 2001
Senior Research Scholar, Yale University School of Law, 1999-2001
Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1995-2001
John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, University of Chicago School of Law, 1995-1999
Duncan Black Award for Best Public Choice Paper, Public Choice Society, 1992
Assistant Professor, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1991-1995
Visiting Assistant Professor, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1989-1991
Chief Economist, US Sentencing Commission, 1988-1989
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Rice University, 1987-1988
PhD, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
MA, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982
BA, magna cum laude, Economics, University of California at Los Angeles, 1980