Facts About Firearms Policy Initiative

MYTH: Firearm registries never helped solve a crime

MYTH: Firearm registries never helped solve a crime

Fact: Hawai'i Police Department Chief Paul K. Ferreira stated, “Being able to verify the ownership of a firearm or where it has been transferred to has led to multiple calls for service being solved to include burglaries, theft and violent crimes."
Unethical Behavior: Creating Mary Rosh, A False Online Identity

Unethical Behavior: Creating Mary Rosh, A False Online Identity

FACT: Mary Rosh is a false identity created and used by John Lott to praise himself.
MYTH: Lott’s right-to-carry study was published in Econ Journal Watch

MYTH: Lott’s right-to-carry study was published in Econ Journal Watch

FACT: The Econ Journal Watch editor said the paper was considered for publication but rejected. Lott’s right-to-carry study was not published in Econ Journal Watch.
Flawed Research: Lott’s Board Member Carlisle Moody misreads his own analysis

Flawed Research: Lott’s Board Member Carlisle Moody misreads his own analysis

FACT: Moody et al. fail to report the significant finding which dramatically alters their conclusion.
Flawed Research: John Lott’s complex and erroneous defense of Plassmann and Whitley’s 2003 Stanford Law Review article

Flawed Research: John Lott’s complex and erroneous defense of Plassmann and Whitley’s 2003 Stanford Law Review article

FACT: In 2003, researchers Ian Ayers and John Donohue discovered errors in a paper originally co-authored by John Lott. The corrected errors rejected Lott’s theory that right-to-carry laws reduce crime.
MYTH: U.S. women are disproportionately killed by guns due to sex work

MYTH: U.S. women are disproportionately killed by guns due to sex work

FACT: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report of 34 states, four California counties, and Washington, D.C., found 21 male and 28 female homicides relating to sex work in 2017, representing under 1% of all homicides that year.
MYTH: Gangs are responsible for most U.S. homicides

MYTH: Gangs are responsible for most U.S. homicides

FACT: A 2020 study by the CDC found that 9.7% of homicides in 2017 were gang-related.
MYTH: Unintentional child shootings are mostly committed by adults with criminal records

MYTH: Unintentional child shootings are mostly committed by adults with criminal records

FACT: Recent research has shown that Lott’s research severely undercounts the extent to which children do unintentionally hurt themselves and other children by firing their parents’ guns.
MYTH: Lott’s survey of researchers is the largest of its kind, and shows most experts believe guns make people safer

MYTH: Lott’s survey of researchers is the largest of its kind, and shows most experts believe guns make people safer

FACT: Most researchers on gun violence find that guns do not make people safer.
MYTH: Most studies show that more guns mean less crime

MYTH: Most studies show that more guns mean less crime

FACT: A majority of studies do not find evidence that right-to-carry laws decrease crime.
MYTH: The National Research Council found no evidence that firearm availability is a risk factor for suicide

MYTH: The National Research Council found no evidence that firearm availability is a risk factor for suicide

FACT: The National Research Council states: “Overall, the U.S. studies have consistently found that household gun ownership is associated with a higher overall risk of suicide."
MYTH: Gun ownership does not increase the risk of suicide

MYTH: Gun ownership does not increase the risk of suicide

FACT: Research shows that gun ownership is a strong risk factor for suicide.