Saturday, February 19, 2011

The N.R.A.: Working to make it impossible to cite evidence so radical ideology can hold sway.

Sway of N.R.A. Stymies Firearms Research, Scientists Say - NYTimes.com:




The dearth of money can be traced in large measure to a clash between public health scientists and the N.R.A. in the mid-1990s. At the time, Dr. Rosenberg and others at the C.D.C. were becoming increasingly assertive about the importance of studying gun-related injuries and deaths as a public health phenomenon, financing studies that found, for example, having a gun in the house, rather than conferring protection, significantly increased the risk of homicide by a family member or intimate acquaintance. 
Alarmed, the N.R.A. and its allies on Capitol Hill fought back. The injury center was guilty of “putting out papers that were really political opinion masquerading as medical science,” said Mr. Cox, who also worked on this issue for the N.R.A. more than a decade ago.
Turns out it's no coincidence that as soon as it started to become clear that we could measure how demonstrably unsafe firearms are, the data dried up. 

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