Posted by Jay Livingston
As part of his new policy on guns, President Obama signed a directive allowing more research on gun violence and death. For nearly twenty years, the gun lobby has shut down federally funded research on their favorite objects. What seems to have gotten them upset was a study that concluded that a gun in the home was far more likely to kill a family member than to prevent a crime (a NY Times story from two years ago is here).
Brad Plumer at the WaPo WonkBlog posted this chart showing how these Congressional restrictions have affected research at the National Institute of Justice.
No wonder the gunslingers have tried to stop access to this kind of information. Maybe, with this new directive, more data will be coming out of the closet.