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Ewers, Justin
February 2003
U.S. News & World Report;2/10/2003, Vol. 134 Issue 4, p56
Focuses on controversies surrounding firearm-related academic research in the United States. John Lott Jr. is accustomed to criticism. When his book, 'More Guns, Less Crime,' was published in 1998, the American Enterprise Institute scholar was fiercely attacked for his provocative argument--that more guns in the hands of civilians would reduce crime. Two weeks ago, a resourceful Weblogger named Julian Sanchez decided to double-check the identity of one of Lott's most passionate online defenders and concluded that Lott had created the persona to defend himself. Just last year, Emory University historian Michael Bellesiles resigned after accusations of fraud in his book, 'Arming America,' which challenged the idea that American culture has always been gun-oriented. He has cobbled together crime figures for all 3,054 U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992. His provocative conclusion: Guns make the world safer. Using Lott's same analytical methods, John Donohue argues in a new book, 'Evaluating Gun Policy,' that it's now possible to see these laws as increasing crime.


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