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Lott Targets Media Anti-Gun Bias

April 2, 2003

In his new book, "The Bias Against Guns: Why Almost Everything You've Heard About Gun Control is Wrong," Dr. John R. Lott has put together an original study from empirical research that demonstrates every plausible facet of the pro-gun position.

What can you expect from The Bias Against Guns? First and foremost the evidence Lott amasses succinctly engages the reader's attention from chapter to chapter.

  • Lott cites a Los Angeles Times' survey of some 3,000 journalists that found a whopping 78 percent of the media supporting stricter gun control measures.
  • The author effectively shows how the press manipulates public opinion polls to further its own anti-gun agenda.
  • Finally, Lott estimates defensive gun use to be between 1.5 and 3.4 million occurrences every year -- a figure that is so underreported that people have a hard time believing it happens at all.

Lott firmly believes that guns deter crime. He points out that in case after case offenders initially considered cash-laden targets as pimps and cab drivers, but rejected them given the likelihood of armed resistance as opposed to other robbery or mugging candidates.

The author covers a laundry list of critical issues related to 2nd Amendment rights.

Source: Peter B. Gemma, "Lott's The Bias Against Guns Exposes Slanted Coverage Media-Induced Gun Myths," Vol. 59, No. 11, March 31, 2003, Human Events.


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