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Gun Rights Advocate John Lott To Speak At Penn State

Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and gun rights advocate, will speak at Penn State on March 1 at 1 p.m. The event, hosted by the Penn State Law Federalist Society, will be held in 112 Katz Law Building.

According to the Federalist Society, Lott was originally supposed to present his research called “Undocumented Immigrants, U.S. Citizen, and Convicted Criminals in Arizona” and compare crime rates of legal and undocumented citizens in America. After last week’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Lott changed the discussion topic to “Why ‘Gun-Free Zones’ Attract Crime.”

Lott has taught at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. In addition to his position at the Crime Prevention Research Center, he’s also a columnist for Fox News.

This isn’t Lott’s first trip to Penn State to discuss guns. In 2013, he participated in a gun control debate at Penn State Berks against Skeptic magazine founder Dr. Michael Shermer.

The Federalist Society highlighted a “spirited question-and-answer session” following Lott’s talk. Luckily, there will be pizza and soda beforehand.

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Gabriela Stevenson

Gabriela is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism and Onward State's student life editor. She is from Norristown, PA, which she normally refers to as "30 minutes outside of Philadelphia" (she looked up the exact driving time). She enjoys Broadway musicals, neck pillows, and eating cereal at night. To contact Gabriela, e-mail her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @GabiStevenson if you want to feel young again.


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