cherry picking

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Last year Inhofe released a list of 400 scientists who disputed mainstream climate science. But as Joe Romm and Andrew Dessler observed, the list was padded with TV weathermen, economists and so on and contained very few actual climate scientists. Now he’s back with more of the same in a new list that adds 250…

Bogus crime rate comparisons

Jonathon Dursi details the spread of a bogus comparison between crime rate in US in Canada from John Lott to David Frum to Alan Gottlieb: So here’s the path of the lie as far as I can see it: Aug 2005: Lott claims violent crime is twice as rampant in Canada as in the US;…

More Lott cherry picking

In Lott’s latest column he cuts and pastes his previous cherry picking on England, so I’ll just repeat my correction: He carefully picks his numbers to avoid mentioning the dramatic decline in violent crime in England since 1996. As for Australia, he finds yet another way to avoid mentioning how violent crime has been falling…

Lott continues to mispresent

In his latest op-ed Lott continues his misrepresentations about crime in Australia and England: The British government banned handguns in January 1997 but recently reported that gun crime in England and Wales nearly doubled in the seven years from 1996 to 2003. Since ’96, the rate of serious violent crime has soared by 88 percent:…

Lott has drafted yet another cherry-picked article where he pretends that crime in Australia is increasing despite plummeting crime rates here. Jonathan Dursi takes it apart.

Lott, cherry picking

Over the past few years crime rates in Australia, Canada and England have fallen dramatically. For example, in NSW crime plunged to the lowest level in 20 years, in Canada, the 2003 homicide rate was the lowest in 36 years, while in England the crime rate was the lowest since the BCS started in 1981.…

Lott has an article in the National Review Online where he claims that the Washingtonian DC handgun ban caused crime increases: Crime rose significantly after the gun ban went into effect. In the five years before Washington’s ban in 1976, the murder rate fell from 37 to 27 per 100,000. In the five years after…

Crime statistics for the last 12 months in NSW have been released. Most crime categories have decreased significantly. Indecent assault, act of indecency and other sexual offences Down by 11.9% Robbery with a weapon not a firearm Down by 19.7% Break and enter – dwelling Down by 9.4% Break and enter – non-dwelling Down by…

Lehrer and Lott have recycled their previous cherrypicking exercise into an article in the Investor’s Business Daily falsely claiming that gun control in Britain, Canada and Australia have lead to “historic increases in crime”. Mostly they repeat their previous claims, so I’ll just comment on the new ones. They claim that “overall violent crime” in…

The family that posts together

In response to criticism that Lott used cherry picked numbers to claim that homicides had increased following gun registration in Canada, “Maxim” posted on Usenet: The law started in December 1998. Guns did not have to be registered until 2001. Violent crime was falling until very shortly after the law started doing anything, and the…