Lott: Democrats keep guns out of poor people’s hands
By Andrew Shepperson
Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. (Photo: Handout)
While Democrats are eager to level the playing field when it comes to voting rights and other issues that disproportionately affect poor, minority communities, economist and gun expert Dr. John R. Lott Jr. argues liberals have done the exact opposite when it comes to gun rights.
In an opinion piece published by the Chicago Tribune, Lott says the fees, ID and background check requirements, and expensive training often tied to gun ownership keep many poor, law-abiding citizens from purchasing guns. He argues these are exactly the people who could use firearms for self-defense, as poor African Americans from urban communities are the most likely to be victims of violent crime.
Lott points to research conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center, an organization he founded, that shows handgun permit fees are much higher in many Democratic states. Some Democratic states, such as Illinois and California, also require many more hours of training, which can bump up costs by hundred of dollars.
Also criticized is the requirement in many left-leaning states — California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, as well as the District of Columbia — to show a need to local public officials