Dr. John Lott has another piece at National Review about the New York Times continuing to disseminate clear false claims by the New York Times (though this could just as well be written about other publications such as The Hill):
For the fourth time in less than two years, the New York Times has run an editorial repeating blatantly false numbers to convince readers that concealed-handgun permit holders are dangerous (January 12, 2017; December 1, 2016; November 26, 2015; February 11, 2015).
Once again the New York Times is citing bogus data from the Violence Policy Center (VPC) (January 12, 2017).
The grim truth is that concealed-carry permit holders are rarely involved in stopping crime. But people with permits have been responsible for more than 900 deaths that did not involve self-defense over the last decade, according to the Violence Policy Center.
Once again the New York Times is citing bogus data from the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
But since 2007, concealed-carry permit holders have been responsible for at least 898 deaths not involving self-defense, according to the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group. This includes 29 mass shootings by permit holders who killed 139 people.
The CPRC frequently writes letters to the editor at the New York Times to correct their errors, though unlike many newspapers the Times never acknowledges or corrects even the most egregious errors. Here are some of the errors in a piece over the weekend by Gail Collins. But her errors cut to the core of the her claims.…
The New York Times continues its reliance on the Violence Policy Center’s discussion about concealed handgun permit holders.
since 2007, at least 763 people have been killed in 579 shootings that did not involve self-defense.
The Times didn’t take our letter to the editor, but this is what we sent in:
…Dear Letters Editor:The Times erroneously asserts that over 8.5 years there were 763 non-self-defense gun deaths nationwide by concealed handgun permit holders (“The Concealed-Carry Fantasy,” October 26).
John Lott has a new op-ed at the Daily Caller:
Last week, a New York Times editorial shockingly claimed that American concealed handgun permit holders have been responsible for 763 non-self-defense deaths since 2007. The Times editorial cites these numbers as proof of the “myth of the vigilant citizen” and “foolhardy notion of quick-draw resistance.”
But the numbers they rely on from the Violence Policy Center are fatally flawed, quadruple counting legitimate self-defense cases as criminal murders and blaming suicides on permits when the suicides don’t even involve guns.
The New York Times recently had this editorial:
Seventy-thousand people are expected to attend the National Rifle Association’s convention opening on Friday in Tennessee, but they won’t be allowed to carry firearms in one of the main convention venues. This may run counter to the N.R.A.’s ideas about carrying guns everywhere, from elementary schools to workplaces.
There are many errors in the New York Times on guns all the time. We regularly send letters to the Times, but they aren’t interesting in correcting the errors.
…Dear Letters Editor:The Times erroneously asserts that over almost eight years there were 722 non-self-defense gun deaths nationwide by concealed handgun permit holders (“Concealed Carry’s Body Count,” 2/11).
The figure is from opencarry.org.
Playing the typical hypothetical possibility angle, the New York Times story quotes one worried restaurant owner saying:
“On some nights you have college kids wall to wall in here drinking,” he said. “You don’t want a gun in here.”
No actual instances are mentioned where this fear has materialized.…