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  •  God yes! Thanks for pointing this out. (5+ / 0-)

    The past few weeks have actually been quite informative, as I think many of us have learned the level of control the NRA exerts over our legislators and by extension, our federal agencies was even stronger than I had previously been aware of. I, too, was shocked to see that the NRA had been able to block/defund/threaten any federal agency who might conduct research into gun control and how varying policies might affect the rate of gun violence in this country.

    The NRA insists that gun control consists of tried-and-failed policies, but if the science is on their side, they should be welcoming this kind of research. I'm pretty open-minded and tend to believe the best policy is that which is based on sound research and evidence. If they're right, we can permanently shift our focus away from gun control and towards other policy directions. The fact that they don't welcome such research seems pretty instructive to me.

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