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The Rand Corporation’s dishonest report on gun control

23 Oct , 2018  

The Rand Corporation reaches its conclusions on gun control by pointing to reasons that can’t be accounted for in its survey. It completely ignores studies that indicate that gun control is harmful.

Time after time, their justifications for excluding studies are simply false. When a study finds that there’s no statistically significant evidence that a particular law had an impact, Rand calls the results “uncertain” or “inconclusive.”

The Rand Corporation claims are shown in bold.…

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Letter writers respond to our op-ed in the New York Times, our analysis

21 Feb , 2018  

Letters in the February 14th New York Times:

Response:

Congresswoman Kelly wants one to believe that across Republican and Democratic administrations, across Republican and Democratic-controlled congresses, the incredibly low rate of prosecutions and convictions for people who were supposedly banned from owning guns weren’t prosecuted because of a lack of funds.  …

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Responding to some of the attacks on Dr. Lott after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

14 Sep , 2017  

Over the last few days, there have been a lot of attacks on Dr. Lott research after his testimony to the President’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  One of the common lines of attack has been that he testified in an area where he is not an expert.

The Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham claims:

“But Lott also occasionally branches out into other topics.

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Responding to John Donohue’s responses to our evaluation of his new study

12 Jul , 2017  

John Donohue responded to our comments on our website and in an op-ed at Fox News.  Below we go through and respond to the points that he raised.  Amusingly, the author of the original piece in Michael Bloomberg’s “The Trace” emailed Donohue as soon as my comments came out.  While The Trace pretends to be a regular news outlet, Mr.…

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The flawed and misleading Donohue, Aneja, & Weber Study claiming right-to-carry laws increase violent crime

9 Jul , 2017  

An unpublished study by John Donohue, Abhay Aneja, and Kyle Weber has received a lot of attention for supposedly finding some evidence that right-to-carry laws increase overall violent crime rates.  It has been covered in Newsweek, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Vice, Snopes, and many newspapers such as Newsday and the Salt Lake City Tribune.  …

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A response to Pacific Standard mistake filled article on John Lott and the Crime Prevention Research Center

1 Jun , 2017  

The left-wing Pacific Standard magazine has a very one-sided piece attacking Dr. John Lott. Lott spent 45 minutes talking to Peter Moskowitz, the author of the Pacific Standard article, before doing a debate on gun control at Baylor University. Below are some quotes from the article along with responses to those claims.…

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Response to Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes’ newest claims at ThinkProgress

31 Aug , 2016  

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I have responded previously to some of these claims by Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes. Their latest attack is over at ThinkProgress, which bills itself as providing a progressive perspective. No doubt, the attack was prompted by the media coverage that I have been getting for my new book, The War on Guns.  …

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Response to DeFilippis and Hughes Review of The War on Guns

30 Aug , 2016  

DeFilippis and Hughes have another piece attacking Dr. Lott’s new book The War on Guns (UPDATE: DeFilippis and Hughes discretely note by their byline that they have updated this piece, but we haven’t taken the time to go through it again to see what they have changed.).  Past responses to Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes claims are available here and here.  …

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