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A widely-popular study adopted by the Obama administration claiming the U.S. is by far the most mass public shooters in the world is criticized and rejected by new research.
John. R. Lott Jr, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and author of the new study, has always been skeptical about the research by Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama, whose work got a lot of attention after the then-President Barack Obama cited his study in the notes on the San Bernardino attack in December 2015.
John. R. Lott Jr, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, says Adam Lankford the study is incorrect and shows a large part of the cases. His new study shows that the U.S. is not different than other Western countries in terms of mass public shooters.
Lott raised alarm bells that Lankford, who found that between 1966 and 2012, the U.S. had 31 percent of the public mass shooters in the world, despite accounting for less than five percent of the population, do not do diligent research, and refused to be transparent about its work, including not sharing his paper with the others as he started his media blitz tour to promote the study in 2015.
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“Here is a great thing, [Lankford] refuses to accept his list of cases, he refuses to explain exactly how he got it. This is not just a normal academic study – President Obama many times cited in this study as a source for his claims.”
– John. R. Lott Jr.
“Here is a great thing, [Lankford] refuses to accept his list of cases, he refuses to explain exactly how he got it. This is not just a normal academic study – President Obama many times cited in this study as a source for his claims. I can not find any academic research that got worldwide attention,” Lott told Fox News, adding that people around the world heard about the study.
Despite the fact that the study was go-research on the media, with the New York Times and CNN often quote. Only this Wednesday, liberal news site Vox, reference is made to a CNN article cited Lankford’s work.
Lankford rejected a call to ask about his study and told Fox News in an e-mail that he is “not interested in giving a serious thought of John Lott or his claims.”
Adam Lankford, a professor at the University of Alabama, was criticized for his popular 2016 study suggests a third of the mass of the public shooters were in the US
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With little success to stop the myth of mass executions as a uniquely American problem becoming ingrained in the whole world, Lott took the matter into their own hands, releasing an extensive study this week that refutes Lankford claims.
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After calculating the numbers, Lott concluded in his research that the U.S. accounts for less than three percent of the global mass public shootings over a period of 15 years – between 1998 and 2012 – that is significantly lower than what Lankford’s work has shown.
“My most conservative count is over three thousand shooters in the past 15 years. My best count is that there are 10,800 of these public mass shooters of the past 15 years.”
– John. R. Lott Jr.
Lott said that he is in the last 15 years rather than the past 47 years, Lankford, as it is almost impossible to come up with a perfectly accurate information about public shooters in, for example, Africa in the 1960s.
“My most conservative count is over three thousand shooters in the past 15 years. My best count is that there are 10,800 of these public mass shooters of the past 15 years,” Lott said.
Compare that with Lankford’s research, which showed only 292 of the mass public shooters about a 47-year-old period of time all over the world, with 90 of the people in the US, according to his research.
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Lott transparent about his study, with all the circumstances, be used in the research in a massive 451-page appendix of the study. He claims to have used the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database, supplemented with additional search tools to find cases that are not included in the dataset.
Of 1,491 mass public shootings reviewed by Lott, only 43 of which were in the US. This represents only 2.88 percent of all cases. In per capita terms of the data that the AMERICAN below Finland, Norway, or Switzerland. It is still slightly higher than in other Western countries, such as France, Germany or the United Kingdom.
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Lankford’s main conclusion from his data was that there is something in American culture that makes people commit more public mass shootings than people in other cultures.
For Lott, the actual data shows that the mass shooter problem in the US is far from a unique American experience. The question, then, is how the media and a president was able to get away with pushing a failed study, published in a “low-grade magazine,” despite the criticism.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.