Archives for June, 2003

gzuckier explains, in detail, what is wrong with Lott’s criticism of Kellermann. For some reason, Kellermann’s work seems to provoke badly flawed criticism. In another posting gzuckier demolishes three other critiques. In an earlier posting I noted that a critique by Kopel and Reynolds got all its facts wrong. And in a AEI event promoting…

Lott writes to Cypren

After I linked to a posting by Cypren that attacked Fox News, Lott read the posting, construed it as an attack on himself and complained about it. Cypren’s post seemed to me to quite clearly be an attack on Fox rather than Lott, but I guess Lott’s is so used to being attacked that he…

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Terry Krepel writes about biased reporting from CNSNews.com. Krepel observes that their coverage of Lott exhibits bias by omission with two stories about Lott carefully avoiding mentioning the mysterious survey or Mary Rosh.

Iraqi guns and crime

Lott has an editorial arguing that the US army would be better off if it didn’t disarm Iraqi civilians. Kathy Kinsley agrees. What is notable about his piece is what he doesn’t cite. In arguing that American soldiers would be better off if more Iraqi civilians had guns he doesn’t cite his own research on…

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Cypren criticizes Fox News for presenting this Lott op-ed as if it were a news story.

John Whitley under attack

John Quiggin comments on this Gun Control Australia press release attacking John Whitley (see also Eugene Volokh’s comments). Ditto on Quiggin’s Voltaire/JS Mill allusions, but I think everybody is paying too much attention to this. I believe that they may have made their attack on academic freedom just to generate some publicity and controversy. You…

Brian Linse observes that while Eugene Volokh has criticized a study that found a link between gun ownership and homicide, he hasn’t said anything about Lott. Linse writes: Bitching about “bogus” gun studies would impress me more if these same folks didn’t support Lott in a thesis that promotes gun tragedies involving children and other…

Links from the MinuteMan

Tom Maguire has an interesting post which collects some links to blogspace discussion about the Appalachian Law School shootings. One interesting thing is that Lott and Kopel independently made the same error—they both claimed that the New York Times did not mention the defender’s gun when it did. Both errors were particularly egregious. Kopel quoted…

Who’s right, Besen or Bridges?

Tom Spencer believes that I have essentially destroyed one of Lott’s core arguments and wonders why pro-gun people continue to support him. There are two contradictory stories about what happened at the Appalachian Law School: Besen said that Odighizuwa set his gun and a clip on a light fixture about four feet off the ground…

The centrepiece of Lott’s The Bias Against Guns is the story he tells about the shootings at the Appalachian Law School. According to Lott, after killing three people Peter Odighizuwa was almost out of ammunition and was on his way to his car to get more when he was confronted by two armed students, Tracy…