From gun control to climate change.
This week my TV show is on gun control. I interviewed activist Leah Barrett, who wants stricter gun laws.
I pointed out that after most states loosened gun laws to let people carry guns, 29 peer-reviewed studies examined the effect. Eighteen found less crime, 10 found no difference and only one found an increase.
“Which studies?” Barrett snapped. “John Lott’s? His research has been totally discredited.”
“Discredited” is a word the anti-gun activists use a lot. It’s as if they speak from the same playbook.
“Lott is a widely discredited ideologue,” said a spokeswoman for Everytown—a Bloomberg-funded gun control group.
“Completely discredited” is how the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy described Lott’s research.
The left-wing site Salon says Lott “was discredited in the early 2000s.”
Media Matters for America called Lott “discredited” at least 40 times.