The Justice Department hired a staunch pro-gun activist known for his strong stance on Americans’ right to bear arms, according to Politico. John Lott will serve as the advisor for research and statistics at the Office of Justice Programs. The office awards $5 billion worth of grants every year.
The 62-year old advocated for more gun ownership, including unrestricted open carry of firearms to fight crime. In his 1998 book, “More Guns, Less Crime,” Lott advocates for the repeal of gun control laws to make communities safer.
He makes similar arguments in various articles and op-ed pieces published on multiple platforms, including The Wallstreet Journal. Some of his widely read op-ed pieces include the WSJ’s “Democrats Are Coming For Your Guns.” He also expressed pro-Trump sentiments and called out the mainstream media for its hypocrisy.
Lott also fought hard against the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). He argued that repealing the law would effectively ban firearms in the United by bankrupting gunmakers through frivolous lawsuits. Biden made repealing the PLCAA his top priority if he became the president.
Lott holds an economics doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, having taught in various universities, including Yale University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University, and UCLA.
Before joining the justice department, he founded a non-profit organization, the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), in 2013. Lars Larson, a conservative talk show host, and former Sheriff David Clarke sit on the CPRC board. Reports say that Rockstar Ted Nugent was no longer a board member.
Andrew Pollack will replace Lott as the president of CPRC. Pollack is known for his pro-gun stance after losing his daughter in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fl., in 2018.
It’s still unclear whether Lott’s position is a political appointment or is a civil service career position.
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