The war on science and the US gun lobby

Turns out that the right’s war on science also extends to attempts to shed light on gun-related morbidity and mortality:

Trish Grove, on the BMJ Group blogs: Get the gun out of the house.

Legislators have also blocked federal funding for public health research on gun control. Take a look at the bibliographies of two public health institutes: the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. This kind of research is now dwindling, thanks to lobbying by the National Rifle Association which led to a ban on US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant money being used for ‘any proposed, pending, or future requirement or restriction on any legal consumer product, including its sale or marketing, including but not limited to the advocacy or promotion of gun control.’ This year the ban was extended to grants from the National Institutes of Health. Under section 218 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74), which provides funding to NIH, it says, ‘None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.’

(H/T James Coyne)

Alex Seitz-Wald, on Salon: The NRA’s War on Gun Science.

As the tragic shooting in Colorado last week has reignited the debate over guns, one key public policy question — does gun control save lives? — is almost impossible to answer thanks to a dearth of research on the subject. That lack of research is no accident. It’s the product of a concerted campaign by the gun lobby and its allies on Capitol Hill to stymie and even explicitly outlaw scientific research into gun violence in what critics charge is an attempt to deceive the public about the dangers of guns.
(H/T Maggie Koerth-Baker, on BoingBoing)

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