Critics shoot holes in widely cited gun study | Fox News
Hiding data is such a tell.
More after the break.
"Academic peers who have sought to examine the findings say Lankford refuses to share the data and details he used to support his findings."
Unwillingness to provide data, and details is always a tell that the study is junk, not science.
"Lankford said he may share his methods with fellow scholars at a later date.
"I am open-minded about sharing data with other scholars for collaborative purposes, and consider those opportunities on a case-by-case basis. This is all the assistance I can provide at this time,” Lankford told FoxNews.com by email."
Religion needs no proofs, it relies on faith, but science can only operate with full sharing of data, and the opportunity by others to test that data to determine whether it is valid or false. Lankford is simply a snake oil salesman, selling the next fantastic belief.
"'No qualified scholar would accept work by a researcher who could not, or would not, even explain exactly how he measured his most important variable [mass shootings],” Kleck said.
An expert on transparency said that such data should always be released.
“Any research that seeks to influence the public debate on this topic, as this research clearly does, should be required to make their data available so that other researchers can confirm their findings,” professor Robert Reed, replication editor at the journal Public Finance Review, told FoxNews.com."
If scientist do not gain control of the rampant politicization, and religiofication of science, and soon, middle America will soon shift from feting science to pillorying science, from feting scientists, to impugning scientists. This will make scientific progress more difficult.