Letter to the Editor

NRA stifles information

NipomoJanuary 20, 2013 

With the many emotional exchanges taking place on the subject of gun control, it can be difficult to obtain credible objective information.

One source of nonpartisan data was the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which monitored and studied firearm violence because it affected life expectancy.

Their studies revealed, among other things, that an armed homeowner in the United States was more likely to be a victim of suicide, homicide, assault or accidental shooting than to shoot an intruder. In the mid-1990s, the National Rifle Association (NRA) employed its lobbying power and $2.6 million to influence legislation that prevented the CDC from further investigation of firearm violence.

In 2009, a study by the National Institutes of Health found that a person carrying a gun was nearly 4.5 times as likely to be shot in an assault than someone who is unarmed. Thanks to the NRA lobby and its money, Congress then placed restrictions on all agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services. Fatalities may be recorded, but no conclusions drawn.

It is very clear that the interests of the NRA are in keeping the public naive and misinformed.

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