In June, the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives rejected an amendment that would have repealed a ban on scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducting research to study the relationship between gun ownership and gun violence. Supporters of the ban, including current House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) argue that the CDC shouldn’t study these questions because “a gun is not a disease.”
The reason we keep having the same ideological, emotional debate about the cause of gun violence is simple: We don’t have good data to guide us.
So anyone can promote their own pet theories with nothing to refute them except…someone else’s pet theory. The left and right seem equally guilty here.
But what is not equal on the left and right is the approach to solving this problem. Basically, the left wants to gather data, i.e. use science, to illuminate the issue, and the right is doing everything they can to stop that from happening.
Here’s my advice: if you know the answer to root cause analysis is gathering data, find the people who are keeping that from happening.
Those are the people who are afraid of what they data will show.
- I think the data are likely to show many non-liberal-friendly things as well, so it’s not like I think the truth is fully liberal on this matter. The fact that the Oregon shooter got his guns legally, and that 79% of mass shootings are done with legal weapons is a great example of where the data is counter to the liberal narrative. But the Republicans will maintain ZERO credibility while they continue to obstruct the collection of data on the matter.