With the reopened discussion of gun policy in the aftermath of Sandy Hook an aspect of the NRA's activity I wasn't aware of before came to light.
The NRA, through it's shills in congress, put a rider on the appropriations bill which blocks the BATF from releasing data on gun violence to the press and public.
NRA shills also put policies in place prohibiting the CDC from researching gun violence, and in fact cut the CDC's budget by the exact amount of their past gun research to rub the point in.
I've written a bit about it at bluestategeorgia.
Gun control advocates should be targeting the antiscience and information suppression aspects of current U.S. gun policy in the wake of the outrage over the slaughter at Sandy Hook. The gun lobby is going to mount a campaign to block meaningful gun control. If the past is any indication they have a good chance of winning. This is an aspect of the fight that we can win, and having good data will give us a better ability to carry on the fight in the future.