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Response to sarisataka (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 2, 2017, 11:53 PM

31. It's a good point

That article provides strong evidence for the way the NRA has limited our data, and gun control advocates should cite it more.

From that article:

Since the 1960s, a number of state and federal laws and regulations have been enacted (after NRA lobbying) that restrict government’s ability to collect and share information about gun sales, ownership, and possession, which has limited data collection and collation relevant to firearm violence prevention research.
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As a result, the past 20 years have witnessed diminished progress in understanding the causes and effects of firearm violence.


From its summary:

The research agenda proposed in this report is intended as an initial—not a conclusive or all-encompassing—set of questions critical to developing the most effective policies to reduce the occurrence and impact of firearm-related violence in the United States.


So basically that report says we need more data (in America) because the NRA has lobbied the government to restrict data on guns. Because the NRA knows that data would make them look bad and support gun control arguments.

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