“The actual data has been available on one of my websites at www.johnlott.org since February 2003. The Appendix of my book, The Bias Against Guns, goes through and discusses the data in depth. I talk about how the survey was done, the questions used in the survey, who did the survey, how it was weighted, etc. there. The www.johnlott.org website also has some downloads discussing the survey debate in general.
On this last point, Lambert has been extremely dishonest. For example, he has a long list of surveys but he lists the date for them as the mid 1990s when that was just when a particular paper cites them as opposed to when virtually all of them were done primarily in the early 1980s or earlier.
Let’s look at the list:
|NCVS 1987-1990||28||Duncan 2000|
|NCVS 1987-1992||38||Rand 1994|
|NCVS 1992-2001||21||NCVS online analysis system|
|Cambridge Reports||67||Kleck 1995|
Apparently Lott is arguing that I gave the cite for “NCVS 1987-1992″ as “Rand 1994″ in order to trick people into believing that NCVS 1987-1992 was conducted in 1994. Well, no, that was not my intent. I gave the publication year because that is the convention when citing sources.
Furthermore it is not true that “virtually all of them were done primarily in the early 1980s or earlier.” Only the last four of the nine in the table date date from the 80s or earlier. I don’t think that it is correct to call four out of nine “virtually all”.
This is, incidently, the first time that Lott has admitted the existence of this list that shows how much his 2% (and now 5%) firing figure differs from all other results. Presumably his remark about virtually all of the surveys being from the 80s or earlier is an attempt to dismiss them as being out of date. However, the ones from the 90s, such as NSPOF, Kleck and NCVS all contradict the numbers he claims come from his surveys. To this day, Lott continues to advance his 95% brandishing number, never admitting to the existence of contradictory research.