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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.

Originally posted to http://larryfeltonjohnson.typepad.com on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 06:57 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  It's not just the CDC. (2+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh, atana

    The BATF has complete data which it is not allowed to release.
    See my comment ☛ HERE

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 07:56:27 AM PST

    •  Yes, a rider to the appropriations bill (1+ / 0-)
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      Azazello

      I mentioned it in my blog post.  I actually think these issue are areas we can win, even if the NRA is successful in blocking comprehensive legislation.

      I think the reason these research and information suppression efforts passed is that legislators have avoided unneccessarily taking on the gun lobby, and these slipped through under the radar.

      I'm going to be calling my congressman's office when he's back and trying to get him to focus on CDC research and BATF data.  I think supporting suppression of data and blocking of research would be an embarrassing position even for the NRA shills.

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