Lott and Dabney have an op-ed in the Washington Times on concealed handguns in the workplace. As usual, Lott misrepresents the state of current research on firearms. Lott and Dabney write:
Indeed, international data as well as data from across the United States indicate that criminals are much less likely to attack residents in their homes when they suspect that the residents own guns.
Not so. In The Effects of Gun Prevalence on Burglary: Deterrence vs Inducement Philip Cook and Jens Ludwig found that areas in the US with higher gun ownership tended to have more burglaries, and more burglaries where the residents were home.
They also claim:
The vast majority of academic research finds that concealed handguns reduce violent crime, and, despite all the national studies that have been done, there is not a single refereed academic journal publication that claims a statistically significant increase in violent crime.
There is no credible evidence that “right-to-carry” laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime.
And note the careful phrasing about “refereed academic journal” so that he didn’t have to mention Ayres and Donohue’s Stanford Law Review paper Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis which found crime increases associated with carry laws. The Stanford Law Review is not refereed, but Lott has had ample time to come with a refutation of their work and failed.
They also claim:
Examining all the multiple-victim public shootings from 1977 to 1999, one of the current authors with Bill Landes at the University of Chicago found that, on average, states that adopt right-to-carry laws experience a 60 percent drop in the rate at which the attacks occur and a 78 percent drop in the rate at which people are killed or injured from such attacks.
After making a fuss about publication in peer-reviewed academic journals, Lott cites a paper he wrote that he could not get published in an academic journal, peer reviewed or otherwise. He somehow forgets to mention that the only study on multiple-victim public shootings to be published in a peer-reviewed journal did not find that carry laws had any effect on mass public shootings.