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Posted on 02/28/2013 4:29:06 AM PST by marktwain
We would know what works and doesnt in terms of gun control if only the National Rifle Association hadnt employed a tactic of fear and killed Congressional funding for research. Thats the message Dr. Mark Rosenberg, former director of the Centers for Disease Controls National Center for Injury Prevention and Control put forth, and that ProPublicas Joaquin Sapien accepted without question (let alone challenge). His Feb. 25 Q&A with Rosenberg, presented as ongoing investigative journalism, reads more like a fake infomercial interview to anyone whos been watching the debate and has seen old tricks before.
Absent from Sapiens fawning setups and lobbed softballs is any hint of curiosity as to what Rosenberg meant when he declared to The Washington Post back in 1994 "We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned."
Conveniently, thats not even brought up.
There were basically four questions that we were trying to answer, Rosenberg told Sapien, defining what he sees as the problem, its causes, preventive interventions and edicts to be imposed(referred to here as programs and policies).
Absent was any acknowledgment that defensive gun uses may also have a public health impact, and a positive one at that. Rosenberg is not interested in exploring that issue, because then hed have to confront overwhelming evidence that guns in moral hands save lives, that normalization of carrying firearms deters violence, that criminals make rational choices when it comes to saving their own skin and picking easier prey, and that taking bad guys out often means future victimizations wont happen and well all be better off. Alternative data presented by Wright-Rossi, Lott, Kleck and even the Bureau of Justice Statistics dont exist in this universe, because those works dont advance Rosenbergs
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The wet dream of every Leftist is to take away the U.S. citizens right to bear arms. It is the basic bulwark of freedom, and the Founders knew it. It is the hill worth dying on for American patriots.