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The Continuing Vitality of Bias in Research on Guns and Violence: A Second “Non-Response Response” to Unfounded Critiques
Justice Quarterly  (IF4.717),  Pub Date : 2021-05-26, DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2021.1930109
Emma E. Fridel


Following Kleck’s critique on my recent article on guns, firearms homicide, and mass shootings, I wrote a detailed and thorough reply refuting his methodological concerns and discussing directions for future research. In response, Kleck published a second rebuttal reiterating issues already addressed in both the original manuscript and the reply article, erroneously dismissing my work as a “non-response response” that is “destructive of the ends of scholarship.” Here, I respond to Kleck’s two critiques not discussed at length previously before highlighting the perils of confirmation bias and the politicization of science.