Pro-Gun Researcher & Author John Lott is Taking Donations for a VERY Important Project – Can You Help?

April 22 2014
by GSL Staff
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Dr, John R. Lott Jr. is a noted pro-gun researcher, author and television analyst. His book, More Guns, Less Crime is one of the go-to resources for pointing out how more armed citizens can actually lower the crime rate.

Now Dr. Lott is seeking to expand his research to counter some of the anti-gun, cherry picked research that is out there today from groups such as the Bloomberg financed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Dr. Lott has launched an online crowdsources donation campaign to raise $300,000 in order to fund The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).

Here is the info from the Indiegogo page, where you can donate,

Crime Prevention Research Center

Dr, John R. Lott Jr.


CPRC’s primary goals are to:

  • Advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.
  • Improve the awareness and knowledge of this scientific understanding among the public, journalists, and policy makers.
  • Enhance public safety through these scientific advances and improved awareness and knowledge.

Gun control advocates have recently put hundreds of millions of dollars toward “public health” studies, with predetermined outcomes.  These studies are beginning to find their way to the main stream media.  Soon there will be an avalanche of studies, and their advice puts lives at risk.

John Lott is the founder of this organization and is seeking to counter the bogus studies by providing rapid response to the new studies as well as conducting high-quality peer-reviewed academic studies.

Lott, the author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns, has conducted decades of research showing that armed citizens have saved lived and deterred crime.

Meeting the goal of $300,000 will allow the center to hire additional research associates, acquire data, and do research on a variety of topics that are central to the debate over gun ownership.  If we could meet $500,000, it would cover our costs for a year.



The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes.

On January 8th, 2013, the Obama Administration met with 23 large foundations to organize a push for national gun control. They included such organizations as the Open Society Institute, the McCormick Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Endowment. As one participant said: “There’s only one reason why you get a bunch of deep-pocketed funders on the phone.” In 2012, Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $250 million to Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health to hire new professors, many whose primary objective is to do expanding research on gun violence. President Obama has also been directing federal government funds towards gun control projects. Still other funds are being set up, such as the Fund for a Safer Future, which has $16 million to fund gun control research and is one of the many gun control projects being partially funded George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. Recently, the MacArthur foundation has also been given a large million dollar grant. The public health research being funded is very flawed (e.g., see the discussion here on Kellermann).


Core Activities

CPRC plans to:

  • Conduct and publishing academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.
  • Support affiliated academics in conducting and publishing similar research by means such as providing direct financial support, sharing data, and providing technical assistance.
  • Educate the public, journalists, and policy makers on the results of research on these issues by means such as books, public lectures, newspaper columns, academic seminars, and information briefings.
  • Make research and data available to researchers, the public, policy makers, and journalists by maintaining a comprehensive website.
  • Engage in other related activities consistent with the mission and goals of CPRC.


Founder and President

CPRC was founded by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and a world recognized expert on guns and crime.  Lott 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, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988-1989. He is currently a Fox News columnist.  He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

Dr. Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written eight books, including “More Guns, Less Crime,” “The Bias Against Guns,” and “Freedomnomics.” His most recent book is “Dumbing Down the Courts: How politics keeps the smartest judges off the bench.”

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: “John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues.” He has been one of the most productive and cited economists in the world (during 1969 to 2000 he ranked 26th worldwide in terms of quality adjusted total academic journal output, 4th in terms of total research output, and 86th in terms of citations). Among economics, business and law professors, his research is currently the 25th most downloaded in the world. He is also a frequent writer of op-eds.

Lott can be reached at

Research Director

Dr. John E. Whitley is an economist and public policy expert. Whitley has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses and was Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security from 2008 to 2010. He worked as an Operations Research Analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1992. Whitley holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Adelaide in Australia and at George Washington University.

Whitley can be reached at

The CPRC is also proud to have a prestigious board of academic advisors.

We are a tax exempt 501(C)(3) organization.

Anonymity Through Donor Advised Funds

If you would like to make a large donation and keep your anonymity from CPRC, you can donate through a donor advised fund, such as Donors Trust

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