The Hazards of Data-dredging in Gun Control Research: Comment on Webster et al. (2020)

14 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2020

See all articles by Gary Kleck

Gary Kleck

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date Written: February 26, 2020

Abstract

Webster, McCourt, Crifasi, Booty, and Stuart (2020) recently published an article in which they concluded, based on a panel study of annual state-level data, that the incidence of mass shooting incidents and the total number of fatalities linked with such incidents are reduced by two types of gun control law: bans on large-capacity magazines (LCM) and purchasing licensing laws that require applicants to personally appear at a public safety agency or that require them to be fingerprinted. This comment establishes that the finding regarding the effect of LCM bans is inconsistent with the authors’ own technically soundest findings, and that the finding regarding purchaser licensing is highly sensitive to variations in method, and may have been produced by data-dredging.

Suggested Citation

Kleck, Gary, The Hazards of Data-dredging in Gun Control Research: Comment on Webster et al. (2020) (February 26, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3544984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3544984

Gary Kleck (Contact Author)

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice ( email )

Eppes Hall
112 S. Copeland Street
Tallahasse, FL 32306-1206
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
88
Abstract Views
411
rank
348,990
PlumX Metrics