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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

John Lott Takes Apart Violence Policy Center's "Concealed Carry Killers"

It's been a claim by the gun ban lobby without facts to back it up for the last several years that people who have concealed carry permits are dangerous to society.  The Violence Policy Center has come out with some new numbers that John Lott effectively picks apart over on National Review's web site.
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. For instance, it counts legitimate self-defense cases in which no charges were filed or the permit holder was charged and later exonerated.

All in all, the VPC has managed to triple-count claimed cases of permit holders killing people, and the vast majority of cases it includes in its list — such as legitimate self-defense shootings or suicides not related to permitted concealed handguns — shouldn’t be counted to begin with.
It's nothing new for the gun ban lobby to cook the numbers.  It's nice to have Dr. Lott to provide the factual information to help refute the lies.  To help counter the bogus numbers that people like VPC and Bloomberg put out. Dr. Lott and other researchers are setting up the Crime Prevention Research Center to uncover and counter the misleading claims.

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