4 Hours of John Lott Interview Cut From Katie Couric’s Gun Control Faux Documentary

Words by John Lott, Re-posted from www.crimeresearch.org

Editor’s Note: Just after AmmoLand News broke the story that Katie Couric edited pro gun group VCDL’s comments to fit her new anti gun hit piece, we now find out that Couric also left out four hours of interviews with gun research expert, John Lott.

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Under the Gun ~ Katie Couric

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USA –  -(Ammoland.com)- After over two hours of pre-interviews with Kristin Lazure, a Producer at Atlas Films, I was asked to travel to New York City to do an interview with Katie Couric for her new movie.

As Kristin put it on July 14, 2015: “we are still very much interested in interviewing you to give the film greater balance.”

During the pre-interviews, multiple times Kristin told me how much she appreciated my research and how important it was. Our interview in New York City was only supposed to last an hour, but ended up lasting almost 4 hours.

Yet, none of the interview that I did was included in the movie.

Reviews of movie, such as one by Robert VerBruggen, noted the imbalance. The subheading of VerBruggen’s piece read: “documentary crosses the line from raising questions to avoiding dissent.”

“Lois Beckett with the Guardian (UK) newspaper raised this question:

Beckett: Most of the experts in your film are very strongly tilted towards gun control. Did you try to hear from researchers or experts who aren’t gun control advocates, who are more on the gun rights side?

Director Stephanie Soechtig: We spoke to Richard Feldman, who is a former lobbyist for the NRA.

We spoke to John Lott; he will be featured in a digital companion that we have. We did a great piece on him. He’s the originator of the idea that more guns equal less crime. His research has been criticized and largely discredited, and when we went to include it in the film, it felt like unnecessary real estate to put in the film, because we know his research has been debunked many times. We kept going back to the idea that we wanted to reserve the real estate in the film for the responsible gun owners. . . .”

Richard Feldman is listed as the one person who supports gun rights, but he is a strong gun control advocate. Calling him a “former lobbyist for the NRA” doesn’t mean that in the current discussion he provides balance.

Here is an interview that I did that explains in detail what happened. Wednesday, May, 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 6:08 PM.

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Robert Thomas

John Lott’s work has been discredited? By who? VPC? The Brady group? Bloomturd? BFD, like I’d expect anything else from the liberal leftist media…. F ’em all.


Oldshooter….thank you for pointing that out. When I read the part about Dr. Lott’s work having been “debunked” and “discredited” I had to snort. I would love to see any “actual” debunking that any of these pseudo-journalists have regarding Dr. Lott’s work. Of course I never will, since there isn’t any.

Daniel Lynge

I understand Statistics, which means every time a gun control freak’s announcement about death & destruction and the decay of modern life, I go online & try my own hand at the numbers. In every case to date, I have found their sound bites and “Statistics” to be the proverbial “Lies, Damned Lies, &…”. I have likely seen Dr. Lott’s data & conclusions. I do not specifically recall them, but I have found a reduction in overall Violent Crime (Murder, Rape, Robbery, etc.) in locales where concealed carry or open carry are legal. Withdrawal of NYC, Chicago, Detroit, D.C., &… Read more »

Gene Ralno

Lefty “journalists” don’t deal with four hours of anything. They’re strictly bumper sticker people. Spans of attention too short. Talking points for talking heads.


I have considerable background in statistical analysis and I have read all of Dr. Lott’s books and many articles of his as well. I am aware of NO ONE who has “debunked” successfully “discredited” ANY of his work. Many anti-gun folks have CRITICISED his work, because they don’t like the implications of his results, but no one has yet leveled a significant technical critique with any statistical merit at his work. He is somewhat unique in that he is the only researcher I know of who makes his raw dataset readily available to other researchers, including potential critics. Hardly the… Read more »

Wild Bill

I know John Lott. I met him at the Wannenmacher gun show, and listened to his lecture. His credibility is rock solid. His work has debunked countless liberal myths and out right lies. He is another reason to go to the Tulsa gun show.


Liar and part of the leftwing Yahoo propaganda machine!!!


Katie is just another member of our Pravda West Media with a Left-Wing agenda….
Stalin would be so PROUD !!!!


Again, the media uses Freedom of the Press to report their opinion. I believe in Freedom of Speech, but they should not be able to use it to promote their liberial way of thinking.

Chris Cliff

Katie just killed her career.


Not really. The spirit of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and of the Soviet Agitprop machine lives on in Couric and her comrades in the LameStream EneMedia.


To me LameStream means that they don’t know what they are doing…..
But they DO….. they have an agenda…
This is why I have called them our Pravda West Media for years….
They would make Stalin PROUD !!!!


This is why I call the media PRESSTITUTES. They lay down their ethics, if they ever had one, to receive payment for their PROPAGANDA.

Daniel Lynge

I call them Citizen Disarmament “X”; wherein “X” can be “Proponent”, “Asshat”, “Presstitute”, etc., depending on the role and actions of the coward I’m calling out.
Makes for a longer title, but it clearly delineates their goal. “Gun Control” is Citizen Disarmament through fear, with Disarmed Citizen Control (Tyranny) as the end game.
Folks who can defend themselves are less controllable, and Globalists and Banksters want Control above all else.


You cannot talk to the liberal media. You cannot do it. They will twist and distort words and phrases every time and where that does not work, they will simply omit the words altogether. It doesn’t matter how smart, well-researched, coherent, logical, or honorable your position is. If it doesn’t match their agenda, it will never see the light of day.