Joe and a few other blogs have reported that the NIH is getting into the gun research business. I don’t think studying the gun issue should really be part of NIH’s mission, just like it ought not to be part of CDC’s mission. CDC did a lot of anti-gun research in the 90s under Clinton, and it looks like NIH might be getting uppity on the issue under Obama. My worry is this is bureaucrats with an agenda who will spend their research dollars trying to verify their fore-drawn conclusions. In statistics, that’s often easy to do.