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Problems with Public Health Research: Garen J. Wintemute, “Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey,” Journal of Urban Health

8 Dec , 2013  

The quality of research published in medical journals on public health is abysmal. The CPRC will occasionally publish comments on this research.

In this case, the full title of the paper by Garen J. Wintemute is “Support for a Comprehensive Background Check Requirement and Expanded Denial Criteria
for Firearm Transfers: Findings from the Firearms Licensee Survey.” A copies of the article is available here and here and the abstract is as follows:

ABSTRACT Federal and state policies on eligibility to purchase and possess firearms and background check requirements for firearm transfers are undergoing intensive review and, in some cases, modification.

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Newest piece at IBD: “Media Play Up Faulty Study Suggeting Link Between Guns, Death Rates”

15 May , 2013  

John Lott’s newest piece at Investors’ Business Daily starts this way:

Do fewer guns mean fewer firearm deaths? If you believe the March 6th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association of Internal Medicine, the answer is “yes.”
A study by Eric Fleegler and four other co-authors received massive national news coverage from USA Today to the television networks.

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