Notable in that it was also written by FoxNews columnist/gun advocate John Lott.
I'm seeing a pattern here...
Yeah, me too. That you are a lazy hack that makes the late great mb look sharp. Lemme guess, you googled Lott? Did you even bother to open the link, much less read it? Did you notice who did all the heavy lifting (aka, you know...research) in the paper? William Landes? Or was the fact that Lott is politically driven good enough for your purposes?
William Landes joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1974 and was the Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics in the Law School from 1992 to 2009. Mr. Landes has written widely on the application of economics and quantitative methods to law and legal institutions, including torts, intellectual property, judicial behavior, legal decision-making, and art law. His most recent book, The Economic Structure of Intellectual Property Law (2003) with Judge Richard Posner (Senior Lecturer at the Law School), applies economic analysis to the many legal doctrines in trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent law. Landes has been an editor of the Journal of Law and Economics (1975–1991) and the Journal of Legal Studies (1991–2000), is past president of the American Law and Economics Association, and is a member of the American Economic Association, the Mont Pelerin Society, and the Council of Economic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
I think he was every bit as capable of crunching stats as your american progress people. Both studies are looking for a conclusion to support their views. Both say the solution is something different. Who is right? I know one thing: one study wants to take rights away from people and one wants to empower the individual by strengthening their rights. I will always support strengthening rights vs taking rights away.