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Critics shoot holes in widely cited gun study
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Critics shoot holes in
widely cited gun study

By Maxim Lott. July 28th, 2016.

A much-heralded and widely cited study of 171 countries over nearly a half century purports to show more guns mean more mass shootings, but critics say the report uses bad methodology in a way that rigs the results.

The study by Adam Lankford, a criminal justice professor at the University of Alabama, was published in the journal Violence and Victims in January and has been cited by media outlets -- including The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Time magazine. But the study, formally published earlier this year after a draft was released in academic circles, has raised questions about what critics consider dubious methodology.

"The Lankford 'study' is nothing more than junk science disguised as research, and never should have been published in a responsible scholarly journal," Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck told

Lankford's analysis of mass shootings from 171 countries from 1966 to 2012 comes with the caveat "Complete data were available." In describing his research, Lankford offers only vague hints as to how he identified incidents in poor, non-English-speaking countries going back 50 years. .....

Here is (yet) another study which has been contructed conveniently to support the anti-gun groups. Rather than claiming skewed data as many so often do, it in fact seems that no significant data is even available for analysis, in order to be able to substantiate or refute supposed evidence. This is sadly another example of what we are up against in the fight against infringement of the Second Amendment. Guard against false messengers.

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