Who is Adam Lankford and how does he get a pass on fact-checking?

Cali has the most murders, but is #44 in gun ownership per person!!

John R. Lott wrote a book called More Guns Less Crime, and runs the Crime Prevention Research Center, CrimeResearch.org. Adam Lankford, University of Alabama, authored a study which reported that the USA has more “mass shootings” than any country in the world. Both adopted a definition of “mass shooting” that requires four criteria: 4 or more people killed in a public place; not related to another crime; not an act of genocide or sponsored terrorism; not in a war. Lankford’s “study” claimed that since 1966, 90 cases of mass shootings occurred in the USA and 202 in the rest of the world.

Lott’s group found a total of 3,081 cases in the world during the same time frame. Lankford’s figures and conclusion (mass shootings = gun ownership) were immediately published by journalists(?) like CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, USA Today and Fox News, without fact-checking nor knowledge of his methods, nor did he provide ANY raw data. John Stossel asked Lankford for his data and methods and was rebuffed, as was Lott. Most of the 171 countries “cited” by Lankford are not English speaking, nor did they even track such incidences for many years since 1966, AND there was no internet for most of this time. Lankford claimed that he researched foreign language publications too, but refused to cite any or even the languages themselves. CPRC did use foreign language translators.

Just yesterday, the Washington Post published another gun control screed with propaganda substituted for truth. “Frequent mass shootings are unique to the United States. The reason is guns, and especially semiautomatics. Unique to the United States is easy access to the means to commit mass murder.” What is the truth?

In terms of CRPC’s research, the USA is #62 in mass shootings in the world with .11 per 100,000. The Northern Mariana Islands lead the world with 6.275/100,000, followed by Iraq, Angola, Guyana and the like. Comparing the annual death rate per 1 million in the USA vs. Europe and Canada from 2009 to 2015, Norway is #1 (1.888), USA is #11 (.089) and Canada is #14 (.032). Comparing frequency of mass shooting incidences over the same period, Macedonia is #1 (.471/million), USA is #12 (.078/million), Canada #13 (.056/million). LET’s ALL MOVE TO CANADA TO RAISE OUR LIFE EXPECTANCY! Just don’t misgender, or you will meet the dreaded Human Rights Tribunals.

Let’s see, if there is a direct relationship between gun ownership per person and mass shootings, as the WaPo insists, then isn’t it logical that the state with the highest gun ownership per person would also have the highest mass shooting rate? Wyoming has by far the highest per person gun ownership, according to the ATF, 229.24. Next highest is Washington DC, at 68.05. Wow, what a gap. New York has the lowest, at 3.83. How about mass shootings? Even more relevant would be murder rates, since, by definition, mass shootings involve multiple murders, and gang related murders far outnumber deaths from mass shootings.

In 2014, the most recent year that a county-level breakdown is available, 54% of US counties (with 11% of the population) had no murders. 69% of counties had no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country. The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 2% of counties contain 28% of the population and 51% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. But even within those counties the murders are very heavily concentrated in small areas.

That same year, most counties in Wyoming had no murders. Six counties averaged 2 murders. In New York, 2 counties averaged more than 30 murders, 2 others more than 10, 5 others more than 5. Only about half the counties in New York had no murders. According to a 2013 PEW Research Center survey, the household gun ownership rate in rural areas was 2.11 times greater than in urban areas (“Why Own a Gun? Protection is Now Top Reason,” PEW Research Center, March 12, 2013). Suburban households are 28.6% more likely to own guns than urban households. Despite lower gun ownership, urban areas experience much higher murder rates. One should not put much weight on this purely “cross-sectional” evidence over one point in time and many factors determine murder rates, but it is still interesting to note that so much of the country has both very high gun ownership rates and zero murders.

Don’t fall for the bullshit of media driven lies about gun ownership and murders, or mass shootings, or the big lie that our country is #1 in mass shootings. The big media are simply propagandists for government control of your life, as long as Democrats are the ones in control. The only question about who’s #1 is in lies per capita in our media: is it CNN, MSNBC, WaPo, NY Times, LA Times?

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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