The president’s edict to get data on gun violence could end decades of information blackouts.
Scientists and policy makers say they have little scientific data about gun violence after Congress prohibited federal agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), from offering research grants to study anything that could be used to promote gun control.
If Americans knew more about gun violence, they would take steps to end it, says Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
“That’s the last thing the Washington gun lobby wants,” Glaze said. “To produce good public policy, you need good data. The gun lobby has been working overtime to blindfold public policy makers for a generation.”