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Old 12-16-2012, 10:35 PM  
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Let's research gun violence.

I've said this in a couple other threads, but I don't believe that gun control is going to get any traction in Congress. Some Democrats will push for it, some other Republicans will table it, some pro-gun control folks like myself will cry foul, and yet another Congress will pass without any gun control measures seeing the light of day.

But here's one thing that maybe we can start doing: better educate ourselves on gun violence, so we can stop stabbing in the dark as to what we can better do to mitigate it.

The problem is that for a couple decades now, the government has not been able to produce any information on gun violence because the NRA has been threatening war if Congress failed to choke off all funding for gun-related research.

The CDC and NIH used to conduct research for decades, but around the time of the late 90s, the NRA became so powerful it was able to prevent these agencies from granting funds to researchers on those topics. McClatchy DC:

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The CDC and NIH award billions in grants. They fund research into cancer, brain injury, tobacco use, obesity, AIDS, abortion, hearing loss, allergies, infectious diseases, back pain and virtually everything else related to human health. But gun violence is the one area that carries that specific language. The effect has been to limit federal funding into research that could be used to shape policy.
This is irresponsible. We pass hundreds of gun-related laws across the country every few years. Like all laws, we should be able to research the impact of the laws we pass, so we can make decisions based on more than pure ideology.

Anyway, there's a ton of stories on this, but here's a really good one from last year in the Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/26/us...anted=all&_r=0

N.R.A. Stymies Firearms Research, Scientists Say
By MICHAEL LUO
Published: January 25, 2011

In the wake of the shootings in Tucson, the familiar questions inevitably resurfaced: Are communities where more people carry guns safer or less safe? Does the availability of high-capacity magazines increase deaths? Do more rigorous background checks make a difference?

The reality is that even these and other basic questions cannot be fully answered, because not enough research has been done. And there is a reason for that. Scientists in the field and former officials with the government agency that used to finance the great bulk of this research say the influence of the National Rife Association has all but choked off money for such work.

“We’ve been stopped from answering the basic questions,” said Mark Rosenberg, former director of the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was for about a decade the leading source of financing for firearms research.

Chris Cox, the N.R.A.’s chief lobbyist, said his group had not tried to squelch genuine scientific inquiries, just politically slanted ones.

“Our concern is not with legitimate medical science,” Mr. Cox said. “Our concern is they were promoting the idea that gun ownership was a disease that needed to be eradicated.”

The amount of money available today for studying the impact of firearms is a fraction of what it was in the mid-1990s, and the number of scientists toiling in the field has dwindled to just a handful as a result, researchers say.

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.

Initially, pro-gun lawmakers sought to eliminate the injury center completely, arguing that its work was “redundant” and reflected a political agenda. When that failed, they turned to the appropriations process. In 1996, Representative Jay Dickey, Republican of Arkansas, succeeded in pushing through an amendment that stripped $2.6 million from the disease control centers’ budget, the very amount it had spent on firearms-related research the year before.

“It’s really simple with me,” Mr. Dickey, 71 and now retired, said in a telephone interview. “We have the right to bear arms because of the threat of government taking over the freedoms that we have.”

The Senate later restored the money but designated it for research on traumatic brain injury. Language was also inserted into the centers’ appropriations bill that remains in place today: “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

The prohibition is striking, firearms researchers say, because there are already regulations that bar the use of C.D.C. money for lobbying for or against legislation. No other field of inquiry is singled out in this way.

In the end, researchers said, even though it is murky what exactly is allowed under this provision and what is not, the upshot is clear inside the centers: the agency should tread in this area only at its own peril.

“They had a near-death experience,” said Dr. Arthur Kellermann, whose study on the risks versus the benefits of having guns in the home became a focal point of attack by the N.R.A.

In the years since, the C.D.C. has been exceedingly wary of financing research focused on firearms. In its annual requests for proposals, for example, firearms research has been notably absent. Gail Hayes, spokeswoman for the centers, confirmed that since 1996, while the agency has issued requests for proposals that include the study of violence, which may include gun violence, it had not sent out any specifically on firearms.

“For policy to be effective, it needs to be based on evidence,” said Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, who had his C.D.C. financing cut in 1996. “The National Rifle Association and its allies in Congress have largely succeeded in choking off the development of evidence upon which that policy could be based.”

Private foundations initially stepped into the breach, but their attention tends to wax and wane, researchers said. They are also much more interested in work that leads to immediate results and less willing to finance basic epidemiological research that scientists say is necessary to establishing a foundation of knowledge about the connection between guns and violence, or the lack thereof.

The National Institute of Justice, part of the Justice Department, also used to finance firearms research, researchers said, but that money has also petered out in recent years. (Institute officials said they hoped to reinvigorate financing in this area.)

Stephen Teret, founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, estimated that the amount of money available for firearms research was a quarter of what it used to be. With so much uncertainty about financing, Mr. Teret said, the circle of academics who study the phenomenon has fallen off significantly.

After the centers’ clash with the N.R.A., Mr. Teret said he was asked by C.D.C. officials to “curtail some things I was saying about guns and gun policy.”

Mr. Teret objected, saying his public comments about gun policy did not come while he was on the “C.D.C. meter.” After he threatened to file a lawsuit against the agency, Mr. Teret said, the officials backed down and gave him “a little bit more leeway.”

C.D.C. financing for research on gun violence has not stopped completely, but it is now mostly limited to work in which firearms are only a component.

The centers also ask researchers it finances to give it a heads-up anytime they are publishing studies that have anything to do with firearms. The agency, in turn, relays this information to the N.R.A. as a courtesy, said Thomas Skinner, a spokesman for the centers.

Invariably, researchers said, whenever their work touches upon firearms, the C.D.C. becomes squeamish. In the end, they said, it is often simply easier to avoid the topic if they want to continue to be in the agency’s good graces.

Dr. Stephen Hargarten, professor and chairman of emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, used to direct a research center, financed by the C.D.C., that focused on gun violence, but he said he had now shifted his attention to other issues.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #91
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I'll reply to whatever I want, comrade.
Ok there herpes.

Anyone else? Why haven't the recent shooters just used bombs and airplane tickets then?
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:47 PM   #92
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Ok there herpes.
And I did answer your question. I don't know why batshit crazy guy did anything he did. How could I? Much like I don't know why your hate your country and want to leave law abiding citizens to the mercy of psychos and criminals.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #93
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And I did answer your question. I don't know why batshit crazy guy did anything he did. How could I? Much like I don't know why your hate your country and want to leave law abiding citizens at the mercy of psychos and criminals.
I didn't ask why he did what he did. I asked why he used what he did.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:50 PM   #94
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I didn't ask why he did what he did. I asked why he used what he did.
Well, when he greased his mom and laid out his guns in Connecticut, I was at work in Chicago. If he called, he didn't leave a message. What's the area code for western Connecticut? I'll check my phone.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:52 PM   #95
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Well, when he greased his mom and laid out his guns in Connecticut, I was at work in Chicago. If he called, he didn't leave a message. What's the area code for western Connecticut? I'll check my phone.
So your incapable of forming an opinion on why he used assault rifles instead of an airplane or explosives?
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So your incapable of forming an opinion on why he used assault rifles instead of an airplane or explosives?
Here's a question for you - seeing as how you're such a Nanny State Commando, I assume you're in favor of prohibition, right? After all, far more children have been killed this year by drunk drivers than psycho killers. If you're going to blame these killings on guns, then why don't you blame those killings on alcohol? And just think, some asshole could steal your beer, get drunk, and then run a busload of first graders off a bridge, and YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE A BEER OWNER AND DIDN'T SECURE YOUR BEER.

I think you should poor out all your beer immediately as a sign of solidarity. THINK OF THE CHILDREN, MAN!
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:12 PM   #98
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Here's a question for you - seeing as how you're such a Nanny State Commando, I assume you're in favor of prohibition, right? After all, far more children have been killed this year by drunk drivers than psycho killers. If you're going to blame these killings on guns, then why don't you blame those killings on alcohol? And just think, some asshole could steal your beer, get drunk, and then run a busload of first graders off a bridge, and YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE A BEER OWNER AND DIDN'T SECURE YOUR BEER.

I think you should poor out all your beer immediately as a sign of solidarity. THINK OF THE CHILDREN, MAN!
Yes, you're right. I think like that. Beers are just like assault rifles.

See how hard was that? I answered your question. Why can you not do the same?
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So here's the rub...how do you define what a valid sporting use is? I have absolutely zero desire to hunt, I don't kill things it's not in me. For the same reason I have almost zero interest in self defense. Outside of a threat to loved ones I don't know if I could shoot someone even if only to defend myself. The personal cost would be massive for me.

That said shooting is fun, I love target shooting and other shooting sports. One fun competition is 3-gun shooting. It's generally timed and involves rapid target shooting on the move with pistol, shotgun, rifle(hence 3-gun). Many of those same 'evil' looking features have valid uses in this sporting shooting competition. Because I don't hunt or I don't believe in self defense, does that make my choice of shooting sports a second class citizen? Why do I not have the freedom to choose my tools of my sport?

It's funny the ATF actually freaked during the recent importation of the VEPR-12 shotgun because it had a folding stock(welded open) which they felt made it a non-sporting firearm. What's funny is that shotgun was designed for 3-gun competitions and that folding stock was there for that sport. By removing the folding stock the ATF actually made the shotgun LESS sporting.
I hadn't considered the sport of it, or maybe I was lumping it in with "hunting". Either way, I simply think that not everyone has the right to own a gun.

Sure, you can't say that everyone who commits a crime with a gun is mentally unstable or has a history of being in trouble. You also won't stop people who want guns from getting them. IMO, those are not valid enough reasons to go without regulations. I think the government has an obligation to protect its citizens as much as citizens have the right to defend themselves.

That last part wasn't necessarily geared toward you as much as it's just me sharing what's on my mind.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:19 PM   #100
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Here's a question for you - seeing as how you're such a Nanny State Commando, I assume you're in favor of prohibition, right? After all, far more children have been killed this year by drunk drivers than psycho killers. If you're going to blame these killings on guns, then why don't you blame those killings on alcohol? And just think, some asshole could steal your beer, get drunk, and then run a busload of first graders off a bridge, and YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT BECAUSE YOU ARE A BEER OWNER AND DIDN'T SECURE YOUR BEER.

I think you should poor out all your beer immediately as a sign of solidarity. THINK OF THE CHILDREN, MAN!
ha! i never thought of it quite that way...

is that an original? if not where did you hear it?
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Yes, you're right. I think like that. Beers are just like assault rifles.

See how hard was that? I answered your question. Why can you not do the same?
Admit it, you got spanked. Get out before the hole gets deeper.
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Admit it, you got spanked. Get out before the hole gets deeper.
Spanked by someone that refuses to answer my question and then projects some absurd rationale onto me? I don't think so.
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Admit it, you got spanked. Get out before the hole gets deeper.
A question to you mr sideline...Why aren't grenades and landmines available to the US public?
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:37 PM   #104
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The problem is that I think there are a lot of gun owners who would have absolutely no issue with safety related regulations. The problem is the gun control leadership is infested not with people that care about making shooting sports safer, but those who want to see all firearms banned.
On the flip side you have the gun rights leadership (NRA) that want all guns un regulated. They believe felons should have access to guns and no one should have a background check.
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