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Doing the Research the New York Times Won't Do

HyacinthClare Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 1:24 PM
THAT's a statistic I'm going to shamelessly plagiarize from you and use frequently! Kennesaw, Georgia, huh?
rwright Wrote: Jan 10, 2013 7:26 PM
How many gangs in Kennesaw? Drug dealers? People with mental health problems? What is the population? I do not think it comes even close to Chicago in any category. I could name many small towns with very low or non existant murder rates.

In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, "More Guns = More Killing." She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times.

There is an academic, peer-reviewed, long-term study of the effect of various public policies on public, multiple shootings in all 50 states over a 20-year period performed by renowned economists at the University of Chicago and Yale, William Landes and John...