Reason Magazine Video Obliterates Anti-Gun Junk Science

Reason Magazine Video Obliterates Anti-Gun Junk Science

The social sciences thrive on making the uncomplicated complex and the actually complicated oversimplified. Rejecting all of human experience, social “scientists” concoct ever-more elaborate mental gymnastics to explain how soft-on-crime policies won’t harm efforts to keep crime in check. At the same time, other “researchers” claim to be able to tell you, down to the decimal point, the homicide risk posed by gun ownership. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon once opined, “I sometimes think that economists use decimal points in their forecasts to prove they have a sense of humor.” That sentiment can be applied to all the social sciences. Aside from this unbounded hubris, the social sciences are woefully biased. A 2005 paper titled, “ Narrow-Tent Democrats and Fringe Others: The Policy Views of Social Science Professors ” examined a political survey of academics. The researchers concluded, “the academics overwhelmingly vote Democratic and that the Democratic dominance has increased significantly since 1970.” Moreover, these academics displayed severe conformity on a host of policy issues, including gun control. Other survey data has shown that academics registered as Democrats outnumber those registered as Republicans by 11.5 to 1. With this type of academic environment and its incentives to aggrandize the state – by way of both an individual statist political bias and state-funded remuneration – a reasonable person might have thought that anti-gun politicians would be satisfied with the academy’s steady stream of anti-gun junk science. However, in recent years these politicians have taken to ordering up their propaganda without […]

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