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Break the NRA's Ban on Gun-Violence Research

Research on gun violence might prove the NRA's point. So why does it oppose research so vehemently?
Just don't pull the research trigger.

Just don't pull the research trigger.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The list of things the gun lobby opposes is long and varied. But its most-determined attacks target information itself.

For two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been prohibited by Congress from using funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” (The National Institutes of Health faces a similar restriction.) Now there are signs the medical profession is getting fed up. In the April 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine is an editorial calling on physicians to demand the “resources and freedom” to do their jobs: reducing harm. Specifically, the journal calls for an end to the political blockade on research about the health effects of gun violence.