In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings some interesting things are happening. First, a gun advocate started a petition on the White House website to have Piers Morgan deported. Apparently a few of the gun advocates are miffed at Mr. Morgan’s recent comments. From Morgan’s Twitter feed:
Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking 2nd Amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?
Speaking of suppressing information about gun violence…
“We’ve been stopped from answering the basic questions,” said Mark Rosenberg, former director of the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which was for about a decade the leading source of financing for firearms research.
The amount of money available today for studying the impact of firearms is a fraction of what it was in the mid-1990s, and the number of scientists toiling in the field has dwindled to just a handful as a result, researchers say.
Don’t like what the statistics say? Just lobby enough and the funding for the research will dry up. You can thank the NRA for this.
Last, we have one of the NRA’s recent straw man arguments: the notion that all gun crimes are committed by the mentally ill.
“Only 4 to 5 percent of violent crimes are committed by people with mental illness,” Jeste said. “About one quarter of all Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, and only a very small percentage of them will ever commit violent crimes.”