Dr. Shermer is the founder of Skeptic magazine, a columnist for Scientific American, and adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. A psychologist with a long list of academic achievements, he has published books "about how the mind works and how thinking goes wrong." He believes there are rational policies that can reduce the level of violence, and although he is a gun owner and libertarian, he advocates additional gun controls.
Dr. Lott is a well-known opponent of gun control, and his book, More Guns, Less Crime speaks to fewer controls to allow self-preservation from crime and tyranny. His research or faculty appointments have been in economics and have included positions at the University of Chicago, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice.
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