12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations about gun control: France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire 8 years of Barack Obama

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “NRA’s Loesch cherry-picks terrorism deaths in France to argue against assault weapon ban.”    They rate the claim as “mostly false.”  On ABC News’ This Week Dana Loesch had this to say:

Loesch: “France had a higher casualty rate in one year than the entire two administrations of Barack Obama.  

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12 Mar , 2018

Politifact’s continued biased and flawed evaluations of gun control: Questioning the claim that police are convicted at higher rates than permit holders

Politifact’s Jon Greenberg claims: “Florida lawmaker repeats dodgy claim about crimes by cops vs. concealed permit holders.”  They rate the claim as “false.”

This is in response to our research “comparing conviction rates of police and permit holders.”  The Florida State Representative, Matt Caldwell (R-North Fort Myers), who made the claim being evaluated made a somewhat different statement: “A law enforcement officer is more likely to commit a crime than a CWP (concealed weapons permit) holder.”

1) The data on police counts the number of reported cases, not the number of officers involved in the crimes.  

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11 Mar , 2018

Fact Checker Snopes.com’s big mistakes in comparing mass public shootings in the US and Europe

Snopes.com recently fact-checked a post that we first put up in June 2015 and updated on January 7, 2016.  This became an issue for them because a story that Fox News’ Special Report that had run a couple years ago was getting circulated on Facebook after the Florida high school shooting.  …

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3 Mar , 2018

Political Bias on Guns: Gap between movie review and audience scores is huge for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish”

The gap between what audiences think of a movie and what top movie critics think of a movie has rarely been larger than for Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish.”  In fact, it is numerically very difficult for that gap to be any larger.  While only 8% of the top critics (and 14% of all movie reviewers) at Rotten Tomatoes like the new “Death Wish,” 85% of the audiences who saw it like it.…

2 Mar , 2018

Bruce Willis’ “Death Wish” panned for “spectacularly bad timing,” so gun control advocates when is a good time to talk about how people protect themselves?

Most reviewers of this movie can’t help but mention gun control in their reviews.  We have just had another mass public shooting in yet another gun-free zone, and gun-control advocates say that this isn’t the right time for us to talk about letting people defend themselves?  I would have done this movie differently, emphasizing how all the political correctness in Chicago is wasting the time of police officers filling out forms from the ACLU and keeping them from solving crimes such as the one that starts the movie off.…

28 Feb , 2018

At the Washington Times: “Media bias and guns”

Dr. John Lott has a new piece at the Washington Times that discusses CNN’s very biased Town Hall on guns last week.  The piece begins this way:

Americans might be divided on the issue of gun control, but CNN Town Hall on Wednesday night only featured questioners who supported gun control.

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18 Feb , 2018

At The Hill: In anti-gun fever, media misses some crucial facts

Dr. John Lott has a new piece up at The Hill that goes through all the miss information in last week’s 60 Minutes program on CBS.  It was one of the most biased programs on guns that we have ever seen, and that is quite an accomplishment.  The piece starts this way:

Gun control advocates often bank on scaring people into supporting their agenda.

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9 Feb , 2018

Media Bias on guns: On “Designated Survivor,” Kiefer Sutherland pushes for universal background checks

In a series of scenes that could have been written by Michael Bloomberg, Designated Survivor keeps making the case for expanded background checks.  No intellectual argument or even an emotional argument is provided against the gun control claims, and those opposing the regulations are treated as dishonest. The question to the president played by Kiefer Sutherland takes a question from a woman whose daughter was killed by a former boyfriend who was in prison.  …

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8 Feb , 2018

Media bias on NBC’s The Black List: Repeating false claims about inexpensive gun, with gun maker offering a bad defense

The Black List showed real bias against guns in the segment titled “The Invisible Hand,” Season 5, episode 13. The show starts off with a group of people accusing a maker of inexpensive guns of being a purveyor of death, that the cheap guns are only designed for use by criminals and that the man making the guns is just in the business to make money off of killing people.…

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3 Feb , 2018

Media bias on NBC’s Chicago PD: telling permit holder threatened by gang members to leave his gun at home, when he doesn’t he is killed

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