The head of the Violence Policy Center had precisely one reporter (me) ask a question during his pre-NRA Annual Meeting spin-fest, and that question was to ask why he continued to lie with his poorly-researched (actually, “fabricated” would be a more accurate term) continuing propaganda report, “Concealed Carry Killers.”
John Lott provided that data I used that nailed Sugarmann to the wall:
The Violence Policy Center regularly puts out these bogus charges in a report called “Concealed Carry Killers.” But how does it claim to arrive at these numbers?
The VPC collects cases of permit holders’ abusing their permitted concealed handguns for each state. For Michigan, for example, it cites state-police reports on permit holders indicating that 185 died from suicide during the period 2007 through 2012. Surely some alarm bells should have gone off, with Michigan suicides supposedly making up 29 percent of all 636 deaths nationwide the VPC attributed to permitted concealed handguns.
But more importantly, the suicides are not in any meaningful way linked to the issue of carrying a permitted concealed handgun outside of one’s home.