Hunt Stilwell asks:
since the gun lobby’s statistical claims have been debunked so thoroughly and so often, why do they continue to use them, and why do people continue to buy them?
Brian Linse thinks there has been some progress, since not many progun bloggers linked to Lott’s piece, whereas
I remember the days when Instantman would have linked it within seconds of it being posted.
John Ray boasts that he quoted Lott in an attempt to bait me. He also offers an explanation for his earlier conduct in refusing to link to my post that he was responding to. Apparently it was “too intemperate” and “rage-filled”. Ray conveniently forgets to link or quote from this “rage-filled” posting so his readers aren’t able to see if his characterization is accurate: judge for yourself. Ray then attempts to side step the whole cherry-picking issue by asserting “almost any use of statistics has to be selective”. Well, yes, but if you do as Lott does and just select the statistics favourable to your position, then that’s cherry picking.