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.
Dr. John Lott talked to Michael Dukes on Anchorage’s 50,000 Watt KBYR about the Ft Lauderdale shooting as well as a new Violence Policy Center report claiming that Alaska ranks number one in the nation in terms of the rate of firearm deaths.
(Friday, January 13, 2017 from 10:25 to 11:00 AM)
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 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.
A new study attempts to debunk the claim that gun owners rely on their firearms for self-defense.
The Violence Policy Center released a study Wednesday that finds people are much more likely to use a gun to kill someone without cause than to protect themselves.
John Lott’s newest piece at Fox News on the New York Times reporting the latest Violence Policy Center claims starts this way:
People walking the streets with guns pose a danger to others, right? With 12 million Americans across all 50 states now having concealed handgun permits, one would think that this question would have been settled one way or another.
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).
How far will gun control advocates go to advance their cause? The newest piece at National Review Online starts this way:
People walking the streets armed with guns are dangerous, right? With all 50 states finally allowing concealed handguns to at least some degree and with over 11 million Americans now having permits to carry them, this question ought to have been settled.