Tim Lambert catches John Lott with his hand up a sock-puppet’s backside yet again. Under the reviewer name Economist123, Lott puts up a signed review of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s Freakonomics—a book that criticizes Lott’s work in passing. Lott says:
Not surprisingly, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s new book “Freakonomics” ignores their academic critics. … If Messrs. Levitt and Dubner were correct, crime rates should have first started falling among younger people who were first born after legalization. … But in fact the precise opposite is true. …
John R. Lott Jr.
American Enterprise Institute
Now, if you scroll down through Economist123’s other Amazon reviews, you get to a review of John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime. There, Economist123 doesn’t sign his review, but neither does he mince his words:
This is by far the most comprehensive study ever done on guns. … it is important to note how many academics have tired to challenge his work on concealed handgun laws and failed and that no one has even bothered to try and challenge his work on one-gun-a-month laws and other gun control laws.
I am constantly amused the lengths to which reviewers here will go to distort Lott’s research. … These guys will do anything to keep people from reading Lott’s work.
Given the way he’s misrepresented by his critics, it’s a good job Lott has defenders like Economist123 (amongst others) to back him up.