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Lott’s letter to the Journal Sentinel

On Nov 1 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published on op-ed by Gregory Stanford who wrote: Here’s the true question: Do guns in the hands of private citizens with clean records do more good than harm? Notably, the officials who deal with the nitty-gritty of crime—that is, the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs—overwhelmingly believe a concealed-carry…

Kinder needs correction

In on op-ed in the Southeast Missourian, Peter Kinder, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate writes Author and researcher John Lott wrote a book entitled “More Guns, Less Crime” that makes the case. His work hasn’t been effectively refuted. Perhaps some reader could write a letter to the editor correcting Kinder’s erroneous statement?

Kevin Connors admits that he has been “quite remiss in following the efforts to debunk Prof. Lott’s work”, but unfamiliarity with the case isn’t going to stop him from having an opinion on the matter. Connors takes issue with Brian Linse’s description of Lott’s work as fraudulent: simply because a theory is flawed, that constitutes…

Spencer on Cramer

Tom Spencer has an “I told you so” posting on Clayton Cramer. He points out that he correctly predicted Cramer’s behaviour back in January. I thought that after his experience with Bellesiles, Cramer would eventually come to the realization that Lott was behaving in the same way as Bellesiles, but I was wrong and Spencer…

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…

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Randy Barnett updates his earlier post where he pointed to Lott’s response to the Mother Jones article to make it clear that he found Lott’s response to be thoroughly evasive and that he is not going to be relying on Lott. Meanwhile, Lott apologist Clayton Cramer says that some of Lott’s responses “are pretty telling…

More responses to Mother Jones

Chris Mooney has a couple of comments on Lott’s response to his article. You can also read comments from Nick Confessore on Tapped and Atrios. Update: And Randy Barnett repeats his call for an independent panel to assess the merits of this controversy.

Mark Kleiman writes: What seems to me even more striking, though Mooney doesn’t mention it, is the difference in the way the two are treated in the mainstream press: while no news article about Bellesiles could fail to mention the controversy about Arming America, Lott—who made up an on-line persona who praised him to the…

Tom Spencer on Clayton Cramer

Tom Spencer offers an explanation for Clayton Cramer’s attack on Donohue: I think it’s safe to say that Cramer long ago crossed the line between reason and emotion regarding his view of John Lott’s situation. Like any true believer, he simply can’t believe the truth right in front of him. Like Bellesiles, Cramer’s hero is…

Clayton Cramer, “fast and loose”

Clayton Cramer tells us that he doesn’t believe the criticism of Lott because his opponents are clearly fierce anti-gun advocates, and not above a few tricks of their own.You read their work outside of the statistical area, and it’s clear that the are either not very careful thinkers, or are playing fast and loose. Earlier,…