This is a rather ridiculous assertion.Â Gun control activists are angry that NRA lobbied to have the CDC stop producing biased gun studies designed to reach a certain conclusion.Â And why should the CDC, which is the federal epidemiological agency, be involved in studying crime?Â Crime is not a public health issue, sorry, no matter how much the left wishes it were so.Â It’s beyond CDC’s mandate, and Congress took appropriate action to keep them within their mandate.
We have lousy numbers on gun violence.
Why, in this sophisticated world of a data mining, where marketers can profile you within an inch of your life, can’t we track victims of violence? Not only the dead ones, who tragically are easier to count, but the ones who are shot but don’t die?
Could the answer, at least in part, be the massively powerful, heavily funded National Rifle Association?
Well, I for one am glad to see Chicago’s total handgun prohibition working so wonderfully as advertised.Â Certainly the NRA is responsible for guns being in Chicago where they are illegal no?Â Â But either way, the allegation is totally false.Â Â A quick search turns up this site, which links directory to Chicago police computers.Â You can search on all manner of crimes that happen in and out of schools in the City of Chicago.Â The data is there, for anyone who wants to compile it.Â The problem is that it’s no longer coming in a politically convenient package all wrapped up by the Clinton Administration’s CDC, and ready to use to push for more restrictions in a city where guns are already largely illegal.