After misrepresenting my views in this statement,
I don’t know if you actually found Dr. Lott engaged in a lie or not, but I do know that your irrational desire to see victims disarmed and murdered by criminals puts you on my list of people not to bother with anymore.
Clayton Cramer is at it again. In this post he claims:
Tim Lambert keeps attacking John Lott’s work because it is being used to prevent proper Australian-style gun control from reaching America. I can see why.
For the record, I have no desire to see victims disarmed and murdered by criminals. And the reason why I criticised Lott’s work was because I believed that he was wrong. More recently I have come to the conclusion that his work is fraudulent as well.
Cramer really has no excuse for his misrepresentations. He has been an active participant in the firearmsreg mailing list for years. On that list I have never once said that I wanted the US to adopt Australian-style gun laws. I have also stated that I do not have an opinion on what the laws in the US should be. I have also stated that I did not agree with the restrictions introduced in Australia in 1996, so I don’t see why he would think I would want to see similar laws introduced in the US when I didn’t want them introduced in Australia.
Cramer also makes a very silly argument against Australian gun laws—he posts a story about a drive-by shooting here and implies that the gun laws have failed. But all this shows is that gun restrictions do not completely eliminate gun crime. I don’t think anyone ever claimed that they would, so he is arguing against a strawman. What the people who advocated the laws argued was that they would reduce gun crime and the latest crime statistics from my state show a 26 per cent decrease in ‘shoot with intent’ incidents and a 36 per cent decrease in assaults with a handgun. Of course, these decreases may well have nothing to do with the gun laws passed a few years ago, but the fact is that Cramer ignored the evidence that might have been relevant to his claim about the laws here and instead posted something irrelevant.