Archives for April, 2003

Ted Barlow is right

Ted Barlow thinks that Mac Diva overstates her case against Lott’s views on non-gun issues. I agree with him. While it is relevant to note that Lott’s research always seems to produce results supporting a right-wing agenda, in most of those issues he does not indulge in advocacy. You can’t say that he thinks that…

Max Sawicky links here, as does Brad Delong and Hesiod. Meanwhile, in a post that seems to have drifted in from some alternate reality, the William Sjostrom take on the Kopel/Reynolds/Lott attacks on Levitt is that Brad Delong is a sleaze. In a previous message Glenn Reynolds claimed to have taken Levitt’s word that he…

Reynolds “misremembers”

Mac Diva is trying to figure out why Lott does the things he does. Atrios explains why he cares about Lott. Brad Delong says that I have “a very strong case”. Matt Yglesias has some thoughtful comments on appropriate behaviour in this case. ArchPundit has one two posts. On Monday Glenn Reynolds wrote: Kopel sent…

Kevin Drum has a nice summary on Lott’s anonymous attack on Levitt. Kieran Healy tells what Lott’s next step will be. Brian Linse thinks Reynolds and Kopel should offer some answers. Atrios links here. And Tom Spencer has two posts. First, he observes that Reynolds’ cover up for Lott raises questions about Reynolds. Second, he…

First, a recap and a time line on the Kopel/Lott/Reynolds attacks on Steve Levitt: 16 Aug 2001 Glenn Reynolds claims that the NAS panel is “stacked” with “ardent supporters of gun control”, especially Levitt. 29 Aug 2001 Dave Kopel and Glenn Reynolds write an article in National Review Online where they claim that most of…

Levitt’s op-ed

You can read Steve Levitt’s op-ed on pools and guns here. It is quite clear from the op-ed why he wrote it: he lost his son and he didn’t want another parent to lose a child to a preventable accident. I am totally disgusted with Lott for accusing Levitt of exploiting the death of his…

Pepper and Levitt respond

I asked Steve Levitt about Lott’s attack. He comments: I wrote that op-ed piece on swimming pools and guns almost a full year before it was published. Members of the U of C publicity department can attest to that. I wrote it at the tail end of the summer, so they suggested waiting until the…

Otis Dudley Duncan This discussion is concerned with four topics: (1) Lott’s references to, remarks about, and discussions of DGU statistics originating in sample surveys or polls carried out by other investigators; (2) Lott’s claims about a survey he says he conducted in 1997; (3) Lott’s reports on a survey he conducted in 2002; (4)…

Just so people don’t have to take my word for the nature of Lott’s attack on Levitt, here are Lott’s exact words. On page 54: – Another panel member, Steve Levitt, an economist, has been described in media reports as being “rabidly anti-gun.”[10] On page 289: [10] Dave Kopel and Glenn Reynolds, ibid., 347. Levitt…

Lott claims NAS panels are biased

I’ve been reading Lott’s new book, The Bias against Guns. Chapter 3 is entitled “How the Government Works against Gun Ownership”. The heart of the chapter is on pages 53–55, where he argues that the National Academy of Sciences stacks its panels against guns. His first example is their panel on firearms research. He argues…