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More gun control, less crime

Glenn Reynolds links to a news story about crime rates in England and declares “More gun control, more crime”. However, the story actually states that there was less overall crime. The story also states that gun crime has increased to 0.15 gun homicides in England and Wales per 100,000 population in the previous year, compared…

After misrepresenting my views in this statement, I don’t know if you actually found Dr. Lott engaged in a lie or not, but I do know that your irrational desire to see victims disarmed and murdered by criminals puts you on my list of people not to bother with anymore. Clayton Cramer is at it…

Benny Smith strikes back

Benny Smith has replied to Andrew Ackerman’s article that suggested that Benny Smith was really Michael Bellesiles. (My earlier comment is here.) Smith has a good argument against one of the pieces of evidence pointing to him being Bellesiles—he has turned up a website that has the new cover art for the new edition of…

Lott’s myths

A 1998 Lott op-ed called “The Cold, Hard Facts About Guns” has been getting some blogspace attention, with links from Margi Lowry, Joshua Claybourn and pecksnif. pecksnif, apparently unaware of Mary Rosh, even asserts: unlike Michael A. Bellesiles, who also wrote about guns, Lott is not a known liar and fabricator of facts, nor was…

Kellermann’s data

After reading my posting yesterday, Alan Schussman was able to get Kellermann’s data in seven seconds and wonders Evidence. Right there. Data. Available. How do people get away this this crap? At least Moody admitted that Kellermann released his data. In discussion on Usenet, Lott just switched to the claim that Kellermann hadn’t released all…

gzuckier explains, in detail, what is wrong with Lott’s criticism of Kellermann. For some reason, Kellermann’s work seems to provoke badly flawed criticism. In another posting gzuckier demolishes three other critiques. In an earlier posting I noted that a critique by Kopel and Reynolds got all its facts wrong. And in a AEI event promoting…

More on the British Crime Survey

Jim Henley is still concerned about the possibility that the BCS figures might be cooked. I still consider this possibility extremely unlikely because it would require some sort of conspiracy between the statisticians (who don’t have an interest in crime figures showing some particular result) and the top level people (who do have such an…

The British Crime Survey

Jim Henley reflects on the British crime statistics I mentioned a couple of days ago. He is concerned that I am too trusting of the British Crime Survey. As far as I can tell they have used standard practices for victimization surveys and since many people are involved I don’t see how the data could…

Glenn Reynolds comments on the CNSNews article. Despite Ayres and Donohue’s best efforts, Reynolds is all agnostic on the Lott question, but fortunately he has an opinion on the study by Ludwig and Cook (who Reynolds calls “antigun researchers”): What’s most striking to me, though, is another study, by antigun researchers, that tries to measure…

English Crime Trends

Joyce Lee Malcolm has an article in Reason online entitled Gun Control’s Twisted Outcome. In that article she claims “And in the four years from 1997 to 2001, the rate of violent crime [in England] more than doubled.” and asserts that this increase was caused by British gun control. However if you look at the…