Archives for February, 2003

Richmond Times-Dispatch on Lott

Glenn Reynolds links to a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial that is very critical of Lott.

I came across this quote from Lott in a May 28, 1999 article by Jeff Jacoby: “There are 15 national surveys that have been conducted by academics as well as polling organizations like the Los Angeles Times and Gallup, and their average estimate indicates that people use guns defensively well over two million times each…

The Publisher’s Weekly review of Lott’s new book is up at Amazon.com. I liked this bit: Even measures to keep guns away from children, like “gun-free school zones” and “safe storage” laws that require guns to be locked away, are misguided because children need guns for self-defense (he cites news reports of kids as young…

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Henry Farrell observes that while Joyce Lee Malcolm’s Reason article about Bellesiles describes several cases of misconduct other than Bellesiles, it does not mention Lott. However, this article is from the print edition, so it is likely to have been written before the Lott affair became public. Dick Dahl has a story about the new…

More Lott dishonesty?

BuzzFlash has an interesting story which details some more examples of apparent dishonesty by Lott. I was able to check one of them myself: Mary Rosh’s defence of Lott’s statement that the “the worst thing people can expect from dioxin is a bad rash”. Rosh argues that this isn’t Lott’s claim, but that of Michael…

compiled by Otis Dudley Duncan and Tim Lambert revised 26 Feb 2003 by Tim Lambert This pages documents direct and indirect references Lott has made to a survey he claims to have carried out in 1997. Further analysis is here, and the latest update is here. The information of over 2 million defensive uses and…

The ad that Lott said was placed in the December University of Chicago Magazine has appeared in the February 2003 issue: (The delay was apparently caused by a mix up.) Attempting to reach two people who worked on and helped coordinate others on a survey given by John Lott while they were undergraduates at the…

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Archpundit and Tom Spencer comment on Lott’s fudged figure. Costa Tsiokas discusses Lott’s integrity.

On Sample Sizes

Kevin Drum observes that even an 11-year-old kid seems to understand the problem of having too small a sample size in a poll. The Sunday paper here printed a supplement giving property auction clearance rates by suburb. Except, of course, for those suburbs where there had been less than 20 auctions, where it printed “nsr”…

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Atrios and Tom Spencer link to the Rob Levine article I mentioned a few days ago. Tom also writes: “Many are saying that it’s probably only a matter of time before [Lott] loses his position at the American Enterprise Institute.”