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Posted on 04/11/2003 9:55:07 PM PDT by theRainmaker
Students for the Second Amendment's Heritage of Freedom Speaker Series
Presents, Dr. John R. Lott Jr. Bestselling Author and Researcher
6:30 PM Tuesday, April 15th Room 101 Moody Life Sciences Bldg.
St. Mary's University One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228
Dr. John R. Lott Jr. will speak on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. The event will begin promptly at 6:30PM, and take place in Moody Life Science Building, Room 101.
This event is free and open to the general public, and all are ecouraged to attend.
Copies of Dr. Lott's books; More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns, will be available for purchase before and after his speech.
Dr. Lott will be conducting Media Availabilities during the day.
All local and statewide media inquires should be directed to SF2A/CFIP Executive Director, Damaso Torres.
For more information, contact:
Damaso Torres (210) 674-5559 Executive Director SF2A/CFIP firstname.lastname@example.org
*The St. Mary's Chapter of Students for the Second Amendment, thanks their gracious advisor, Father Franz Schorp S.M. and the Student Life Office of St. Mary's University.
****** BIO for Dr. John R. Lott Jr. *******
John R. Lott Jr., is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI, Mr. Lott was a senior research scholar at Yale Universitys School of Law. He has also held positions at the University of Chicago, Stanford University, UCLA, the Wharton Business School, and Rice University.
Additionally he was the Chief Economist at the United States Sentencing Commission in 1988 and 1989.
Mr. Lott has published more than ninety articles in academic journals including the Journal of Law and Economics and the Journal of Legal Studies, and is a frequent contributor to major newspapers.
He is the bestselling author of More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws. His current book, The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything Youve Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong, was just released by Regnery Publishing in March 2003.
The data used in this book is available at www.johnlott.org.
April 09, 2003 For Immediate Release Contact: Damaso Torres (210) 674-5559
CONTROVERSIAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR/RESEARCHER TO SPEAK AT ST. MARYS UNIVERSITY San Antonio, TX Controversial author, Dr. John R. Lott Jr. will speak on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. The event will begin promptly at 6:30PM, and take place in Moody Life Science Building, Room 102. Dr. Lott will speak on his latest research and book, The Bias Against Guns.
This event is free and open to the general public, and all are encouraged to attend.
6:30 PM Tuesday, April 15th Room 102 Moody Life Sciences Bldg. St. Mary's University One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228
Dr. Lott is the author of the best-selling book, More Guns, Less Crime. His current book, The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything Youve Heard About Gun Control Is Wrong, was just released by Regnery Publishing in March 2003. More information as well as a BIO for Dr. Lott may be accessed online at: http://www.sf2a.org/lott.htm
Dr. Lott will be conducting Media Availabilities during the day prior to the event.
All local and statewide media inquires should be directed to SF2A/CFIP Executive Director, Damaso Torres. ~30~
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For those few of us in the mainstream media who openly support Second Amendment rights, research scholar John Lott has been or rather, had been an absolute godsend.
Armed with top-notch credentials (including stints at Stanford, Rice, UCLA, Wharton, Cornell, the University of Chicago and Yale), Lott took on the entrenched anti-gun bias of the ivory tower with seemingly meticulous scholarship. His best-selling 1998 book, "More Guns, Less Crime," provided analysis of FBI crime data that showed a groundbreaking correlation between concealed-weapons laws and reduced violent crime rates.
I met Lott briefly after a seminar at the University of Washington in Seattle several years ago and was deeply impressed by his intellectual rigor. Lott responded directly and extensively to critics' arguments. He made his data accessible to many other researchers.
But as he prepares to release a new book, "Bias Against Guns," next month, Lott must grapple with an emerging controversy brought to the public eye by the blogosphere that goes to the heart of his academic integrity.
The most disturbing charge, first raised by retired University of California, Santa Barbara professor Otis Dudley Duncan and pursued by Australian computer programmer Tim Lambert, is that Lott fabricated a study claiming that 98 percent of defensive gun uses involved mere brandishing, as opposed to shooting.
When Lott cited the statistic peripherally on page three of his book, he attributed it to "national surveys." In the second edition, he changed the citation to "a national survey that I conducted." He has also incorrectly attributed the figure to newspaper polls and Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck.
Last fall, Northwestern University law professor James Lindgren volunteered to investigate the claimed existence of Lott's 1997 telephone survey of 2,424 people. "I thought it would be exceedingly simple to establish" that the research had been done, Lindgren wrote in his report.
It was not simple. Lott claims to have lost all of his data due to a computer crash. He financed the survey himself and kept no financial records. He has forgotten the names of the students who allegedly helped with the survey and who supposedly dialed thousands of survey respondents long-distance from their own dorm rooms using survey software Lott can't identify or produce.
Assuming the survey data was lost in a computer crash, it is still remarkable that Lott could not produce a single, contemporaneous scrap of paper proving the survey's existence, such as the research protocol or survey instrument. After Lindgren's report was published, a Minnesota gun-rights activist named David Gross came forward, claiming he was surveyed in 1997. Some have said that Gross's account proves that the survey was done. I think skepticism is warranted.
Lott now admits he used a fake persona, "Mary Rosh," to post voluminous defenses of his work over the Internet. "Rosh" gushed that Lott was "the best professor that I ever had." She/he also penned an effusive review of "More Guns, Less Crime" on Amazon.com: "It was very interesting reading and Lott writes very well." (Lott claims that one of his sons posted the review in "Rosh's" name.) Just last week, "Rosh" complained on a blog comment board: "Critics such as Lambert and Lindgren ought to slink away and hide."
By itself, there is nothing wrong with using a pseudonym. But Lott's invention of Mary Rosh to praise his own research and blast other scholars is beyond creepy. And it shows his extensive willingness to deceive to protect and promote his work.
Some Second Amendment activists believe there is an anti-gun conspiracy to discredit Lott as "payback" for the fall of Michael Bellesiles, the disgraced former Emory University professor who engaged in rampant research fraud to bolster his anti-gun book, "Arming America." But it wasn't an anti-gun zealot who unmasked Rosh/Lott. It was Internet blogger Julian Sanchez, a staffer at the libertarian Cato Institute, which staunchly defends the Second Amendment. And it was the conservative Washington Times that first reported last week on the survey dispute in the mainstream press.
In an interview Monday, Lott stressed that his new defensive gun-use survey (whose results will be published in the new book) will show similar results to the lost survey. But the existence of the new survey does not lay to rest the still lingering doubts about the old survey's existence.
The media coverage of the 1997 survey data dispute, Lott told me, is "a bunch to do about nothing." I wish I could agree.