The Atlantic Wire
Republican senators inserted several gun rights measures into a bill to fund the government through September, including one that says the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms,
and Explosives must attach a disclaimer to any gun data saying it
"cannot be used to draw broad conclusions about fire-arms-related
crimes." The gun lobby has lobbied to prevent government funding of research on gun deaths and injuries for almost two decades. It has succeeded.
This follows a report that a Senate deal on universal background checks
would require gun sellers to destroy records, which, as Mother Jones' Kevin Drum points out, would make the law meaningless. It's
hard not to be skeptical of an industry that lobbies not just to keep
it's product legal, but to keep scientists from studying the effects of
its product, and anyone from keeping track of who uses its product.