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Gullible Gunners, Again

Kevin Baker was one of the bloggers who posted on the story about Lindsay’s sword killing, claiming that it showed that for all intents and purposes self-defence in the UK was illegal. Despite learning that Lindsay had chased the robber out of his home and stabbed him in the back four times, in the comments…

Gullible Gunners

I wrote earlier about the Tony Martin case. Martin shot a fleeing burglar in the back and left him to die. He was convicted of murder (reduced to manslaughter on appeal). Pro-gunners such as John Lott, Glenn Reynolds and John Derbyshire have written about the Martin case, apparently unaware of the facts that showed that…

Anti-gun? Moi?

Say Uncle suggests that I am “anti-gun” and implies that I “favor more gun control in the US”. I am not “anti-gun”. Here is a picture of me (on left) with a gun. Unless you think that Lott is some sort of gun, criticizing him is not being “anti-gun”. Nor do I favour more gun…

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…

Another meaningless poll

Glenn Reynolds links approvingly to a post by Thomas Lifson on the results of a BBC phone-in and email poll that allowed people to propose a new law that they would like to see passed. The winning proposal was a law that would allow home-owners to use any means to defend their home from intruders.…

Bellesiles’ latest response

A new edition of Arming America has just been drafted and Michael Bellesiles has written a response to his critics, excerpted at HNN. I read it, and do not find it even slightly persuasive. It sort of reminds me of some of Lott’s defences. Anyway, HNN has comments from James Lindgren, Jerome Sternstein, Clayton Cramer…

Self defence stories from England

These are extracts from stories about homicides in England found by searching Factiva for “self-defence and (burglar or robber)”.

Glenn Reynolds points to a page that purports to show the effect on crime of Kennesaw’s ordinance that made gun ownership mandatory. Unfortunately the numbers given there are misleading—they just give the crime rates for the year before the ordinance (54 burglaries) and the year the ordinance was passed (35 burglaries) and for 1998 (36…

On Sharing Data

Pro-gun writers frequently make false accusations that researchers they oppose do not share their data. For example, Lott claimed that Ayres and Donohue’s data was not available even though it was on Ayres’ webpage. Another example is Carl Moody, who claimed that Kellermann was lying because his data was not available. When I pointed out…