If you use a pseudonym to post a five-star review of your book:
This is by far the most comprehensive study ever done on guns. It provides extensive evidence on waiting periods, the Brady Act, one-gun-a-month rules, concealed handgun laws. For some gun laws this is the only study available and it is important to note how many academics have tired to challenge his work on concealed handgun laws and failed and that no one has even bothered to try and challenge his work on one-gun-a-month laws and other gun control laws.
I am constantly amused the lengths to which reviewers here will go to distort Lott’s research. Take the one by the Australian who claims that Lott doesn’t explain why he uses the polling data that he does on gun ownership rates. If he was honest, he would note that Lott talks about these being the largest surveys on gun ownership rates available and that it is necessary to have such a large survey to get detailed information at the state level. A survey of 1,000 or even 1,500 people nationally is not enough to allow you to make comparisons across individual states.
These guys will do anything to keep people from reading Lott’s work.
Don’t use the same Amazon account to post another review and sign your name to it:
Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
An empirical book based on faulty numbers, May 1, 2005
Reviewer: Economist123 – See all my reviews
… Not surprisingly, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s new book “Freakonomics” ignores their academic critics, but Steve Landsburg’s review disappointingly does so too (Leisure & Arts, April 13). Take just the book’s first claim: Unwanted children are more likely to grow up to be criminals and that abortion can therefore reduce crime, a plausible idea that has been around since the beginning of the abortion debate. …
If Messrs. Levitt and Dubner were correct, crime rates should have first started falling among younger people who were first born after legalization. Only as they aged would you start seeing crime fall among older criminals. But in fact the precise opposite is true. Murder rates during the 1990s first started falling for the oldest criminals and very last for the youngest.
John R. Lott Jr.
American Enterprise Institute
You see, when people click on the See all my reviews link, it’s kind of obvious that you wrote a five-star review of your own book.
**Update:** Lott used his “Tom H” sock puppet to attack me in the comments to this post, managing to further incriminate himself. Details are [here](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2005/05/jlwishlist.php). And economist123’s review of More Guns, Less Crime has mysteriously vanished.