Study Finds States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths But… | Here & Now. I listened to this interview on the way home from work the other day. To be very fair, I was pretty exhausted, but I found it enlightening.
The big takeaway, frankly, was the recognition that the gun lobby and gun culture have stymied research into gun deaths. The numbers this doctor cited on suicides were enough to make one a little ill, but he kept noting that we don't have good data because the NRA and gun lobby won't let us.
I can't help but wonder if this comes from the conservative side that simply doesn't trust science. Because investigating this should be a no-brainer. I suspect that conservatives know that more guns doesn't make us more safe, and they fear that good studies might show that. Otherwise, if more guns make us more safe, and if gun laws don't actually help, why not let the research money flow? Why not get as much data as we can on child deaths or on suicide by gun, or accidental shootings in the home. Likewise, why not gather as much data as we can on those incidents where gun ownership saves lives?