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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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More Guns, More Suicides: Why Suicide Prevention Depends Upon Gun Restrictions

October 19, 2015

Note: This article originally appeared in The Trace on September 16th, 2015 Last week the Brady Campaign released an extensively researched report titled “The Truth About Guns & Suicide,” kickstarting a long overdue conversation on the role firearms play in suicides. The Washington Post, for instance, called the phenomenon “The death toll from guns no […]

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Debunking the “Criminals Don’t Follow Laws” Myth 2.0: Why Gun Control Works

September 17, 2015

*Note- This article originally appeared in The Trace on September 8th.  This is a continuation of our earlier column debunking “criminals don’t follow laws.” Despite the fact that mass shootings are predominantly an American phenomenon, gun advocates are quick to insist that there is nothing we can do to prevent them. Instead, they suggest these murders could […]

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French President Francois Hollande (L) poses with Americans Alek Skarlatos (2nd L), Spencer Stone (2nd R) and Anthony Sandler (L), and US ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley (C) after a ceremony in their honor at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on August 24, 2015. The three American friends and British man Chris Norman have been awarded the Legion of Honor medal for bravery. They prevented a massacre aboard a Thalys high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday when a heavily armed Moroccan gunman known as Ayoub El Khazzani opened fire. Photo by Christian Liewig/Sipa USA

Good Guys Without Guns Thwart French Train Shooter, Validate Data

September 17, 2015

Note – This article originally appeared in The Trace on August 25th Late last Friday afternoon on a train bound for Paris, a man armed with an AK-47, Luger pistol, and a box-cutter opened fire after being confronted by a passenger on the way to the bathroom, grievously injuring another traveler. Hearing the gunshots, three Americans and a […]

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