Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The NRA Identifies the Root Cause of America's Gun Violence

You have to hand it to the NRA and their supporters. After a successful campaign to stop research into gun violence, they’ve established, by virtue of their own intuitive genius, that the real problem behind America’s preeminent place in gun homicides is crazy people.

In 1996, Congress, prodded by the gun lobby, effectively halted research on gun violence. The NRA trumpeted their part in stone walling research, stating that, "These junk science studies and others like them are designed to provide ammunition for the gun control lobby by advancing the false notion that legal gun ownership is a danger to the public health instead of an inalienable right”(2011).

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were more than a little chagrined at hearing the NRA’s characterization of their research as “junk science,” but had little choice but to continue work on bioterrorism-related research, food-borne and water-borne diseases, and other “junk science” research conducted by the CDC to protect the American public -- from everything except guns.

America has more homicides by gun than all of the other high-income OECD countries combined. Not to worry though. The NRA has a solution -- more guns.

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