Are communities where more people carry guns safer or less safe?
Does the availability of high-capacity magazines increase deaths?
Do more rigorous background checks make a difference?
The reality is that even these and other basic questions cannot be
fully answered, because not enough research has been done. And
there is a reason for that. Scientists in the field and former
officials with the government agency that used to finance the
great bulk of this research say the influence of the National Rife
Association has all but choked off money for such work.
“We’ve been stopped from answering the basic questions,” said Mark
Rosenberg, former director of the National Center for Injury
Control and Prevention, part of the federal Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, which was for about a decade the leading
source of financing for firearms research.
They don’t want pesky facts getting in the way of their “more guns will make us safer” argument. So: no science.