Skip to comments.John Lott was a Democrat in 1993
Posted on 06/08/2017 6:12:53 AM PDT by marktwain
In an article that claims the famous researcher John Lott is partly responsible for mass murder, the author let slip an interesting bit of information. John Lott was a Democrat before he conducted his well known research. From psmag.com:
Outside of the Baylor auditorium, Lott told me about his journey to becoming the most prominent and most hated gun researcher: His interest in guns, he said, started when he was an economist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Students asked him about his thoughts on gun control, and so Lott started researching. He wasn't a gun expert then, just an economist. But he noticed that, despite the volume of gun research, there were few well-designed studies with large sample sizes. Around the same time, Lott had become disillusioned with the Clinton administration. He said he had been a Democrat, but found himself starting to align with more-conservative belief systems. He felt that the response to the research he'd started doing on guns encouraged his political transformation. It appeared to Lott that the liberal establishment had gotten everything wrong, and that, in their rush to prove their progressive fantasies, they had ignored the facts.I contacted John Lott about the allegation that he had been a Democrat. Because the psmag author was wrong in many of his allegations, I wanted to be certain about this. Lott wrote that "The PS piece was very inaccurate and dishonest."
Peter Moskowitz is a freelance writer and author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood.
Pete doesn’t seem to be too concerned about thugs on the south side of Chicago shooting up the neighborhood and each other.
From time to time over many years, I have commented on Lott’s objectivity and professionalism. This article is completely consistent with what I have seen in his statistical work. The man is looking for the truth, sadly a rare goal among modern researchers.
Ronald Reagan was a democrat before he switched parties. He also was the president of a union
It seems to me that former democrats make better conservatives than life long repubics.
At least they know how to fight.
There is that
It sounds rather analogous to the case of Lee Strobel, an avowed atheist who set out to disprove the existence of God and became a devout Christian as a result, does it not?
This is why I trust his work.
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