New Op-ed in Philadelphia Inquirer: Guns don't kill people, Phila. does

My son Maxim and I have an op-ed in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

When Mayor Street spent 15 hours waiting in line for an iPhone recently, the city was not impressed by his love of new technology. Rather, Street had to answer to a passerby asking, "How can you sit here with 200 murders in the city already?"

Local politicians say they know the source of the problem: the lack of gun control. Gov. Rendell recently complained the state legislature "has been in the control of the NRA." Street blames the increasing murder rate on "the dangerous proliferation of guns on our city streets." Last Tuesday, two City Council members announced the novel legal tactic of suing the state government to let Philadelphia pass its own gun laws. . . . .

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Anonymous Steve said...

Thank you for this column. Unfortunately, our obtuse governor of PA and his political bedfellows in Philadelphia are unlikely to consider any sensible action on this.

7/18/2007 10:04 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

We should send some copies of your new book to these politicians.

7/18/2007 12:49 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks both Steve and Kris. To Steve, eventually numbers must have some impact.
To Kris, please do! I think that it is by far the best book that I have written. If someone were actually willing to do that, I would use my author discount to get copies for you!

7/18/2007 9:09 PM  
Blogger dave in boca said...

I saw you on C-Span the other night. Went looking for your book at Borders this evening, but struck out. Will try B&N.

8/19/2007 10:40 PM  

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