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Cramer’s defence of Lott

Clayton Cramer has mounted a defence of Lott on the survey question. Just as Bellesiles tried to persuade people that the attacks on his work were politically motivated, Cramer tries to persuade us that the attacks on Lott are politically motivated. Now, Jim Lindgren has been prominent in raising question about Lott’s mysterious survey, but…

Glenn Reynolds has posted a defence of Lott by Benjamin Zycher. Lindgren has a reply on the same page that should definitely be read by anyone interested in Lott and the survey—there are some very interesting details in there about how Mustard’s and Gross’s stories changed in ways that made their accounts more favourable to…

Pat Buchanan’s innumeracy

In a review of The Bias Against Guns, Pat Buchanan claims that Kleck’s survey found that 11 out of every 12 times citizens use their guns in self-defense, they merely brandish them or fire a warning shot. and that this was “confirmed” by Lott: Brandishing a gun stops crime 95 percent of the time, Lott…

Bellesiles update

Over at the History News Network, a die hard Bellesiles supporter who posts under the name “Benny Smith” has attacked James Lindgren for, get this, his “ill-fated attempt to defend” Lott. Here’s Smith’s version of what happened: After serious questions arose regarding a survey that Lott claimed to have done, Lindgren interviewed “at length” a…

Happy Anniversary, Dr Lott!

It has now been one year since I asked him for evidence that he had conducted a survey. The original email is here.

Otis Dudley Duncan has sent me some comments on the attempts by pro-gun folks to dismiss criticism of Lott as some sort of payback for Bellesiles: I have gone out of my way to remark that the Bellesiles case is not helpful for evaluating Lott’s work. My statement is in section 4 of the essay…

Lott letter in The Columbus Dispatch

Lott has a letter in the 26 July Columbus Dispatch replying to an earlier letter from Paul van Doorn. Lott repeats his claim from his 21 July letter: Yet, in the very same issue, another paper appeared by professors Plassmann and Whitley, who examined three additional years’ worth of data and found “annual reductions in…

98%, 95%, 90% …

Lott has a piece in the Los Angeles Times, which Elton Beard summarizes here. To me, the most interesting thing Lott writes is this: But the more than 2 million times each year that Americans use guns defensively are never discussed. In more than 90% of those cases, simply brandishing a weapon is sufficient to…

Lott’s letter to Science

Science has printed a letter from Lott (subscription required) responding to Science‘s editorial suggesting that the AEI should deal with Lott the same way that Emory dealt with Bellesiles: Donald Kennedy’s editorial “Research fraud and public policy” (18 April, p. 393) alleges that I made up a computer hard disk crash when challenged about the…

Lott has an interview on strike-the-root.com. He repeats some of the false claims discussed here earlier, such as his claim of a 440% increase in handgun crime in Sydney. He also claims: Ninety-five percent or so of the time, simply brandishing a gun was sufficient to stop an attack. It is appalling that rather than…