President of Crime Prevention Research Center: Get rid of gun-free zones ‘immediately’
Red Flag Laws Will Also Fail Says Gun Advocate
By Timothy Nerozzi
September 22, 2019
Fresh from a congressional hearing on gun control policy, the president of the called for an end to “gun-free” zones in an exclusive interview with Zenger News.
Dr. John Lott does not want to stagger the rollback of gun-free zones. He wants them gone overnight.
Lott recently testified to congress on the varying levels of effectiveness legislators could expect from commonly proposed gun laws. The Crime Prevention Research Center, a research and education organization that performs academic-level research on the “relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.”
In an interview with Zenger News, Lott expanded on his research and the need for swift reversals of so-called gun-free zone policies.
“Yes, get rid of them immediately. For every type of gun-free zone, there are already examples in parts of the country where they are working without any problem.”
Congress is mulling Red Flag legislation, which are policies intended to give law enforcement agencies authority to confiscate firearms in the short-term if they deem an individual a possible threat to themselves or others.
Lott, however, sees Red Flag laws as superfluous and believes that they fail to address the underlying problems of firearm violence.
“There are no mental health experts required to be in the process, no public defenders are provided to those who can’t afford it,” said Lott in reference to the protections not afforded by Red Flag laws.
The need for more nuanced and equipped task forces in situations of individuals with possibilities of self-harm or outward violence was echoed by another panelist.
“If you really believe a person is going to commit suicide, simply taking away their guns isn’t a solution. Why focus only on guns when the existing laws offer a wide range of approaches?”
During the September 18th hearing, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) accused Lott of writing critical praise for his own work under a pseudonym and questioned whether this would make him a reliable source of testimony for the hearing.
Lott denied the allegation but was told that he would not be allotted time to explain or refute the accusation. After some protest, Lott was forced to stand down and was not able to engage with the accusation.
“I have testified before Congress multiple times. In every previous case when one witness has attacked another the one being attacked has been given a chance to respond,” Lott said to Zenger News. “In addition, if a politician has asked a question the person testifying has been given a chance to respond even if the questioner’s time has run out when they finished asking the question.”