Relentless Pursuit of Wisdom and Liberty

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

NRC disagrees with Lott's data

The Volokh Conspiracy - Bad news for John Lott:

Perhaps he was waiting/hoping for vindication from the closest thing to a gold standard in academic review -- a report on the issue from the National Research Council. That report has been years in the making, and features some of the top researchers in the country. Well, the report has been issued, it contains bad news for Lott: It concludes that 'There is no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime.' They discuss Lott's research at some length and find it wanting. Note that they do not say that right-to-carry laws increase crime.

I still think more freedom is better than less freedom.


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