Back in the 90's, it seemed a really good idea to try and re-frame the attempt to ban guns as a 'health issue' instead of what it really was, projection and fear mongering. It worked pretty well for awhile as the AAP et al got involved and the CDC started copying research hacks like Wintemute, Kellerman and Hemenway.
Then the NRA stepped in and the CDC got their Peepee's slapped for getting into politics. Once it dropped out of the media, private money started drying up as well.
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.And, said hacks, seeing their grant money dry up, whine and cry that their pre-determined conclusions aren't very popular anymore.
“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.”No, they're keeping activist hacks like Hemenway et al from presenting selectively chosen numbers as 'evidence' and giving groups like the Brady Campaign, VPC ect. sound bites they can use over and over again no matter how inaccurate they are.
And I'm going to do my part to make sure that money stays unavailable to them.