I write letters
The following is a letter I sent to the Vancouver Sun regarding an
editorial they ran on Monday. (the Sun's website is terrible, but you
can trust me that the editorial was largely rehashed from this National
Review piece Lott wrote a few months ago.) I drew heavily on Tim
Lambert's tireless work for this.
I was very disturbed today to see that you ran an editorial by John R.
Lott without considering his history of willful deception, from making
up fake identities to serve as puppet support or as "third-party"
reviews of his own books, to making up surveys as "evidence" for his
theories. Besides deliberate dishonesty, though, there is also his
history of shockingly shoddy scholarship in one of his fundamental
claims: that more (legal) guns leads to less crime.
In short, I do not understand why Lott's editorial was worth the space and
ink it took, given the enormous problems with his credibility.
Bonus: in the course of writing this letter, I came across an old Usenet
discussion from 2001 in which I found out that I had tangentially
gotten into a mild flamewar with Lott's fake identity. (This was
years before Rosh was unmasked as Lott.)
even better bonus: While writing as "Mary Rosh", Lott wrote:
All I have done here is parrrot what Lott wrote.
Yeah, that's pretty accurate.