This post, which appeared on CNN in April, opens with...
Dr. Angela Sauaia and her colleagues intended to study the impact modernized playground equipment had on lowering children's injury rates. They ended up studying kids' injury rates from guns instead.
They ended up studying injuries related to guns because, one, they noticed, when examining the data, "a morbid pattern of gun violence-related injuries for children," and, two, these kinds of injuries were receiving no attention in the media. The study concluded that more needs to be done to protect children from guns, and the post itself concludes that more research is needed on the impact of guns on public health. But guess what:
Federal funding for gun research, however, is rare, outside of federal grants that are available to study other injuries. That's deliberate. Since 1996, federal law has prohibited all Department of Health and Human Services agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health from using funds, "in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control."
The National Rifle Association pushed for the legislation, maintaining that government research into gun violence is unnecessary.
This is just madness. Utter, utter madness.