I’ve increasinlgy seen this gem pulled out by the righ-wing(nits) as of late. Fine words from the great Thomas Jefferson they claim…
Just one problem- according to the historians at Jeffersons Monticello he never said it (or anything like it)
And I’m assuming this is related to an email from one of the right-wing(nut) groups, as they almost always seem to mention “research” from the “esteemed” Dr. John Lott, an economist, A Fox “News” contributor, and his book “More guns, Less Crime, the Bias Against Guns” He (in)famously penned “research” in 1997 claiming concealed carry laws resulted in less crime. “Research” that was quickly derided by many experts in the field as deeply flawed on a number of levels. Indeed, in 2006 Lott filed suit against the authors of Freakanomics for daring to point out his “Research” had not been backed up by other researchers in the field.
And of course- in 2004 the National Academy of Science did an exhaustive review of the research on whether permissive gun laws such as concealed carry laws had a role in reducing crime, including Lotts research. And they unequivocally found that there was no evidence whatsoever to back the claims made by Lott.
Likewise Lott has been unable to produce the data of a supposed survey of several thousand americans he basis his “research” on. After a great deal of negative publicity for Lott, a whopping two gun nuts- one a former detective and one a former NRA board member came forward claiming they had indeed participated in the supposed survey.
He has also faced claims of everything from junk science, to falsifying data, to unscientific methods, to having studies funded by the NRA and gun manufacturers.
Regardless, his “research” has failed the very basic test of science- it is not repeatable. His results do not match that of any legitimate researcher in the field.
Don’t believe everything you read. Hell, don’t believe everything you think. And I am simply tired of people who don’t bother to do even the most basic of fact checking on simple things because they want to believe. And of people promoting “experts” who are anything but simply because they support their view…