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Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:04 PM

Studying gun violence is the only way to figure out how to stop it – but we don’t

It seems that not a week passes without a new report of a mass shooting in the United States.

The gun epidemic, long simmering, has in the past few weeks seemed to reach a new phase in the public discourse. The shootings in San Bernardino, California occasioned a nearly unprecedented front-page editorial in The New York Times, the country’s “paper of record,” together with comments, once again, from the president, urging congress to act on regulating firearms and firearm violence.

The top-level data on the problem are at this point familiar. There are about 32,000 gun deaths a year in the United States, approximately the same number as deaths from motor vehicle accidents. The number of firearm deaths has been stable essentially since 2000. There are another 180,000 or so people injured by firearms annually in the country. These numbers far outstrip the consequences of firearms among our peer high-income countries, with stricter gun regulations.

What ails us? Why do we continue to accept these consequences of firearms when other countries do not?

MORE HERE: http://yonside.com/studying-gun-violence-is-the-only-way-to-figure-out-how-to-stop-it-but-we-dont/


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deathrind Dec 2015 #1
gratuitous Dec 2015 #2
Squinch Dec 2015 #3
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Response to LuckyTheDog (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:19 PM

1. We should be...

Studying gun violence but that would put real numbers to its impact on society which is something the NRA does not want. If we truly knew the entire scope of how much gun violence costs and impacts society we would have to act to reduce it the way we have done with many other aspects of society from transportation, food, weather, healthcare etc...

"Because the CDC funded the research, the NRA pushed Congress, in a 1996 omnibus bill, to state:

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 CDC broadly interpreted this as a bar on firearms research, with other federal funders following suit. This has had a chilling effect on gun research.

Ironically, the author of the amendment that cast this pall on firearm research, Congressman Jay Dickey, has since recanted, noting correctly in 2012 that “We won’t know the cause of gun violence until we look for it.”

Another excellent article linked from this one.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/six-snowballs-thrown-in-the-gun-control-debate-gopnik

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Response to LuckyTheDog (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 02:29 PM

2. Data are more fatal than firearms

Instead, our nation is locked into this discussion by citing personal experiences and arguing semantics. While the body count rises, the gun manufacturers bank their profits and gin up the fear.

Sucks if you're a citizen and a victim of gun violence. It's great if you're a manufacturer or a lobbyist: My god, how the money rolls in, rolls in, my god how the money rolls in.

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Response to LuckyTheDog (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2015, 05:34 PM

3. There is a reason for this: all of our DU gun lovers, and gun lovers everywhere, buy lots

of guns from people who hire lobbyists, who in turn buy politicians who ensure that we don't study it.

All those who assure us after each of our weekly massacres that they are "responsible gun owners" are the lynchpin of this system.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 11:38 AM

4. Every gun owner is a "responsible gun owner"...

...right up to the moment when he or she isn't.

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