CPRC testimony before House Appropriations Committee: Should $50 million be given to the CDC for research on firearms?

Dr. John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, testified before the House Appropriations Committee on whether the CDC should get more $50 million to fund public health research on firearms. The video above has excerpts of that testimony. The video of the entire 2 hour and eight-minute hearing is available here.

A copy of Lott’s written testimony and that of the other witnesses is available here. An op-ed at Fox News that summarizes what he said is available here.

(Thursday, March 7, 2019 10:30 AM EST)

One of the more amusing things about the hearing was the way the Chairwoman, Congresswoman DeLauro, introduced Dr. Lott. After mentioning the academic publications of the other witnesses and their academic histories, she introduced Lott this way:

John Lott, the founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, Dr. Lott has held research or teaching positions at several academic institutions, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. Dr. Lott is a frequent op-ed writer and a contributor to Fox News.

Here is the bio that we submitted:

Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, UCLA, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.”
Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including three editions of “More Guns, Less Crime” from the University of Chicago Press.





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