Archives for January, 2004

Lott on Athletes and Guns

Lott has on op-ed on gun carrying by professional athletes. As usual, he gets his facts about guns and crime wrong. Lott claims that NCVS data shows that guns are the safest means of self-protection: Take robbery or assault. The Justice Department’s National Crime Victimization Survey has shown for decades that providing no self-protection is…

Lott’s letter to the Economist

Kevin Drum is dismayed that the Economist has printed a letter from Lott: Contrary to your claims of the Americanisation of armed robbery in Britain, one could only hope that robbery in England and Wales was truly becoming Americanised (“You’re history“, January 3rd). The International Crime Victimisation Survey shows that for 2000, the latest year…

Another meaningless on-line poll

Glenn Reynolds approvingly links to another poll that he claims provides More evidence that the British public is taking a tougher line on crime than the British government. Of course, Reynolds yet again fails to take notice of the fact that it is yet another meaningless on-line poll which tells nothing useful about what the…

Yet another columnist has demonstrated profound ignorance of opinion polling. Scott Norvell writes about the meaningless BBC phone-in poll (discussed earlier here and here): Britain’s chattering classes sure can get their knickers in a knot with the will of the people offends their liberal sensibilities. A phone-in poll does not represent the will of the…

Volokh drops Lott

The Journalist’s Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars is a site that provides journalists with a list of “credible, articulate scholars” to consult about gun policy questions. It used to contain a listing for John R. Lott Jr, who was available to give his special insight into “Women and Gun Issues” as…

Another Nomination

I’ve been nominated for another blog award. This one is for Best NSW Blog. I don’t you should take such awards too seriously, but they do provide a way to find interesting blogs to read, so check them out.

Lott on that meaningless BBC poll

Lott has a post (scroll to 1/10/04 entry on his blog) on the meaningless poll that discussed earlier. Lott’s headline is: A BBC Poll Shows that Most British Want a Law authorizing homeowners to use any means to defend their home from intruders Of course, as I explained earlier phone-in polls are not at all…

Michael Peckham has an interesting post looking at Bellesiles and Lott and how they relate to other research frauds. He thinks that they might serve as examples that deter others from research fraud.

In a post on his blog Keith Burgess-Jackson wrote: First, studies by law professor John Lott and others show that private gun-ownership reduces crime rates. This may be counterintuitive, but it’s true. There would be more crime than there is if guns were banned. In an attempt to set him straight, I emailed him and…