Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Let's talk about guns, baby: Part 4

Why would an organization that touts the philosophy that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, so afraid of academic research on the subject?  If, you’re so certain about something, shouldn’t you be willing to fund research?  I mean, if you’re so certain you’re right, the research would have to back it up.  Well, part of the reason that they probably don’t want to fund the research is that despite how many times you claim the other side has bias, if they have studies they can resort back to those studies and quote them.  Mitt Romney continuously complained that the Tax Policy Center is a left-leaning organization (after praising it during the Republican primaries) and some people, wrongly, believed him.  But others were looking at that research and asking questions.  You can downplay your opponent’s position by claiming bias but if they don’t have research to back it up, they can’t do a lot.  As President Barack Obama sits down with Vice-President Joe Biden to figure out the right steps to take with gun control, they don’t have a lot of research to back up their points.  That’s exactly what the NRA and other guns rights organizations/activists are counting on.  They’ll tell you all about John Lott or whoever but when Barack Obama says that this gun control act will work, they’ll be able to say, says who? 

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