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Advocates fight over background check statistic

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  1. Submitted by Pat Berg since 2011 on 02/04/2013 - 05:12 pm.

    I get lost in all the gun lobby terminology rhetoric

    (Which frankly I often think is part of the gun lobby strategy to place obfuscations on the entire discussion in order to bog it down)

    However – I do recall reading that there were some kinds of studies being done on gun ownership or some related part of the whole topic that were stopped in their tracks by NRA and other gun lobbyists as yet another part of the whole “against our 2nd Amendment rights” thing.

    How – if at all – are the studies referred to in this article related to the studies which were stymied by the efforts of the gun lobby?

    I can’t help but wonder how the gun lobbyists can – with straight faces – criticize the quality of the studies that exist when they are the ones making sure to stand in the way of other, better studies being done.

    Hypocrisy (and Rove-style strategizing) at its finest!

    • Submitted by Matt Touchette on 02/05/2013 - 01:37 pm.

      You’re recollection is not entirely correct Pat. In the mid-90’s & 2000’s, the budgets specifically allocated toward research into gun violence has been decreased and laws enacted with the intention of protecting individual privacy has limited the ability for government and private entities to research gun ownership, gun violence, and the potential correlation between the two. This is not directly the result of NRA lobbyists, but supposedly they did argue for these budget cuts over others. Keep in mind, that budget cuts were going to happen one way or another either here, somewhere else, or both, and not all blame for the lack of proper research into gun violence can be placed upon the NRA’s shoulders.

      You should also keep in mind that gun culture has changed dramatically since 1997 with many private sales occurring between people living in different states. Transportation from one person to another must be done through an entity with a Federal Firearms License, and the FFL holder cannot legally hand over the weapon until they have completed the applicable background checks. What Pro-2nd Amdt. people are complaining about is that gun control advocates are using the number as a fact without explaining the faults (or potential faults) as it might be applied today.

  2. Submitted by Alex Cecchini on 02/05/2013 - 09:10 am.

    It’s too bad

    We don’t have a clear understanding of all the factors at play in gun violence, weapon prevalence, and gun trafficking. Good thing the NRA sponsored a politician to strip the CDC of funding for any firearm research

    Then that very same Representative who is no longer in office (and not receiving funding and backing from the NRA) now believes “scientific research should be conducted into preventing firearm injuries and that ways to prevent firearm deaths can be found without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners.” What a turn around. Thanks, dude.

    We need better data to understand which policies can have the highest chance of reducing gun violence (and violent crime in general) in our country, and target them in order.

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