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Armed Abusers, Unchecked Felons, and Negligent Owners: ​Why Presidential Action Alone Can’t Solve Some Big Gun Violence Problems

March 28, 2016

Two weeks ago President Obama rolled out a host of executive actions designed to curb gun violence. His proposals aimed to more clearly define who is in the business of selling guns, and to bolster the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) so those agencies can more rigorously enforce gun laws. […]

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John Lott and the War on Truth: A Response to Lott’s Continued Lies

December 01, 2015

(Photo credit Flickr user Fling93, image has been modified from original) Nearly seven months after we published our article detailing John Lott’s storied history of academic dishonesty, Lott decided to issue his own rebuttal to our work. He begins his screed by dismissing our skirmish with Gary Kleck over defensive gun use as a copy-and-paste […]

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Why Campus Carry is a Bad Idea: Or Why Alcohol, Hormones, and Guns Don’t Mix

November 29, 2015

In the wake of last month’s shooting at an Oregon college, gun advocates have stepped up their calls for allowing firearms on campus. So-called campus-carry bills are on the legislative docket in Florida and Michigan, and lawmakers are expected to follow suit in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio, among other states. These measures come after Texas signed into […]

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Harvard Study Embraced by Gun Rights Advocates Is Neither a “Study,” Nor From “Harvard”

November 29, 2015

In the wake of the Oregon college shooting, the website beliefnet.com caused a stir on social media with an article titled “Harvard University Study Reveals Astonishing Link Between Firearms, Crime and Gun Control.” The post pointed to a “virtually unpublicized” 2007 paper by Don Kates and Gary Mauser that uses international data to argue that […]

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