Thursday, June 16, 2016

NRA Blocks Research.....Which blocks The Truth.....

What the gun crowd hates most of all is the truth.
There is nothing worse than the truth. That is especially true when the truth is at complete odds with the fake make believe narrative the NRA has created.
So what you do is you hide the truth...... you prevent the truth....... You confuse the truth.
Whatever you need to do to misdirect the conversation.
If they say guns make you safer........ but research shows this is not true, than you just need to prevent the research.
That is exactly what has happened.
Nobody is better at blocking the truth than Republicans. Republicans hate the truth more than anything and are more than happy to prevent it from coming out.
Conducted by a team headed by Arthur L. Kellermann, then at theUniversity of Tennessee, the study investigated the consequence of firearms in the home. Drawing from statistics in the Memphis, Seattle and Cleveland metropolitan areas, Kellermann found that “keeping a gun in the home was strongly and independently associated with an increased risk of homicide … by a family member or intimate acquaintance.” Even after controlling for such factors as illicit drug use, criminal records or a history of domestic violence, the risk was found to be almost three times higher than in homes without firearms.
This was a blow to the NRA because “it saw that would not help them sell more guns,” Rosenberg observed. Kellermann’s paper, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1993, noted that “protection from crime” was the most commonly cited rationale for having guns in the home. Forced entry by an intruder accounted for a tiny subgroup of real cases, though it loomed large in the fears of homeowners. “A gun kept in the home is far more likely to be involved in the death of a member of the household than it is to be used to kill in self-defense,” Kellermann wrote. “In the light of … our present findings, people should be strongly discouraged from keeping guns in their homes.”
The NRA attacked the Kellermann study for its methodology and findings, but the impact on research funding was far more effective and long-lived. A generation of researchers was discouraged from entering a field in which grants were hard to come by and the political push-back intense.
It’s widely supposed that Congress enacted a “ban” on federal funding for gun violence research in 1996. That isn’t quite true, says Mark Rosenberg, a gun violence expert who was head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the time. But the truth is even more demoralizing.
the NRA goaded Congress in 1996 into stripping the injury center’s funding for gun violence research – $2.6 million. Congress then passed a measure drafted by then-Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ga.) forbidding the CDC to spend funds “to advocate or promote gun control.” (The NRA initially hoped to eradicate the injury center entirely.)

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