The Violence Policy Center regularly puts out these bogus charges in a report called ‘Concealed Carry Killers,” economist, author and commentator John R. Lott, Jr. writes in a Tuesday article at National Review Online. “But how does it claim to arrive at these numbers?
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“It seems the Violence Policy Center piles on any numbers that it can get hold of, anything that can be related to concealed-carry holders,” Lott observes in his detailed explanation of why the numbers are incompetently tallied to the point of producing fraudulent results. “For instance, it counts legitimate self-defense cases in which no charges were filed or the permit holder was charged and later exonerated.”
This column has criticized that effort before, posing a challenge the group has no intention of addressing — by using their own methodology to compare if lawful gun carriers are more likely to kill than police (the “only ones” VPC thinks should be “allowed” to bear arms). Admittedly the evidence is incomplete and anecdotal, but if a national anti-gun group can present sloppy conclusions as settled science, it seems fair to beat them at their own game using “rules” they’ve established.