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August 26, 2003

Call to Authors! (Write for publication)

Here's a chance for you to get involved with the battle on the "public health / crime statistics" front of the gun rights war.

A recent study suggests that Florida's concealed carry law did not reduce crime. Anti-self defense folks are claiming this study invalidates John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime findings.

Is this study valid? Do the conclusions follow from the data? Does the study itself or its conclusions actually support an anti-self defense position? Does the study leave out important factors?

These are fair questions, and if you can analyze the study and write up your observations, JPFO would like to read them and possibly publish them.

So here's one way to proceed:

1. Get a copy of the study from the journal and read it.

The authors are: Tomislav Kovandzic, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Thomas Marvell, of JUSTEC Research.

The journal is: Criminology & Public Policy, July 2003 Issue.

The title is: "Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns: Crime Control through Gun Decontrol?"

The authors examined what, if any, impact Florida's right-to- carry law has had on the state's rate of violent crime. They reportedly found that Florida's right-to-carry law appears to have had no statistically significant impact on rates of violent crime.

Click on: http://www.criminologyandpublicpolicy.com/search/July2003Issue.php

home page: http://www.criminologyandpublicpolicy.com

2.Read the article, "Disarming The Data Doctors," which provides several approaches for analyzing studies. Click on http://www.jpfo.org/doctors-epidemic.htm

3. Read the two articles by Miguel A. Faria, M.D. entitled "Public Health and Gun Control." Click on http://www.aapsonline.org/press/medsentgun.htm

4. Read the article by Don B. Kates (and others), "Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda?" Click on: http://www.guncite.com/journals/tennmed.html

5. Read the relevant parts of More Guns, Less Crime, by John R. Lott, (2d edition 2000), especially the portions dealing with methodolgy and answering the criticisms. BUY at Amazon.com

6. Read the article, "Guns in the Medical Literature - A Failure of Peer Review," by Edgar A. Suter, M.D. Click on: http://www.cely.com/firearms/medlit.html

7. Check other resources that you might find on the subject.

8. Write up a short report, 500 to 1500 words, that explains your observations about the new study.

JPFO will post the best of the reports we receive on the website, giving the authors full credit.

We'll publish one or several reports that in our view meet these standards:

(a) Factually accurate
(b) Analytically sound
(c) Helpful to an average educated reader
(d) Unique, not duplicative of other submissions
(e) Clear and concise

We reserve the right to edit any published submission for length and clarity of expression, in collaboration with the author.

Send submissions in MS Word or Corel WordPerfect format to webmaster@jpfo.org. This story is breaking right now—JPFO members and supporters can take the lead in providing helpful critiques of the new study.

The Liberty Crew



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