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"Gun Violence" Research

In 1979, gun control supporters within the U.S. Public Health Service started believing they could increase support for gun control by defining firearms as a disease. Studies conducted by gun control supporters in the public health field in the 1980s and early 1990s became the basis of anti-gun activists' claim that having a gun at home increases danger rather than provides protection. 

In 1993, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, of the Service's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), said that the Clinton administration wanted to "reframe the debate" about gun control to portray guns as a public health menace. In 1996, Congress prohibited the CDC from using taxpayer funds to underwrite research advocating gun control. In 2013, President Obama asked Congress to appropriate $10 million for anti-gun research, but Congress has wisely refused to do so. 

Gun control supporters in the public health field claim that gun violence is an "epidemic," but gun violence is alien to most people's experiences and the nation's murder rate has been cut by more than half since 1991, and in 2013 fell to perhaps an all-time low, as Americans' firearm acquisitions have soared.

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Bloomberg Course: Certified in Advocacy

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Bloomberg Course: Certified in Advocacy

We did it. We “earned” a course certificate for the Bloomberg School’s massive open online course titled “Reducing ...

Bloomberg Course: Ineffective Policies and Non-Existent Technology

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Bloomberg Course: Ineffective Policies and Non-Existent Technology

This week in the online course “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change” is a real rollercoaster. ...

Bloomberg Week Four: Policies Anti-Gunners Hate

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Bloomberg Week Four: Policies Anti-Gunners Hate

We’ve reached week four in the Bloomberg School of Public Health open online course, “Reducing Gun Violence in ...

Bloomberg Course: Policies Based on Selective Evidence, Anti-Gun Preferences

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Bloomberg Course: Policies Based on Selective Evidence, Anti-Gun Preferences

Week Three of the Bloomberg School of Public Health Coursera program, “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for ...

Bloomberg Course Continues Bloomberging Rights Away

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Bloomberg Course Continues Bloomberging Rights Away

Week two of the Bloomberg school massive open online course on “Reducing Gun Violence” ran the same week that one ...

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Only What We Want Ye to Hear

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Only What We Want Ye to Hear

Can we finally put the claim that “gun violence” research is underfunded to rest? The Bloomberg Professor of American Health ...

State of “Gun Violence” in the United States

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Friday, May 10, 2019

State of “Gun Violence” in the United States

Politicians treat so-called "gun violence" as a lever issue, hoping to energize their base and guilt law-abiding Americans ...

Identifying the Problem of Gun Control Research

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Identifying the Problem of Gun Control Research

In 2017, anti-gun researcher John Donohue and his team released a study that purported to find that Right ...

National Review  

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gun Control and a Doctor’s ‘Lane’

I believe a physician may indulge her or his First Amendment rights to decry the Second Amendment or ...

Politics over Data: The Rhode Island Working Group

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Politics over Data: The Rhode Island Working Group

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo convened a task force focused on “gun safety” last April, comprised predominantly of members ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.