Thursday, January 14, 2016
John Lott:Bloomberg Twists Gun Research To Political Ends
Michael Bloomberg keeps pouring $50 million into his Everytown organization to push gun control. That's just a portion of the money he's spending to push gun control. Bloomberg is spending money not just on the political battle, but also on funding research that he can use to push for more gun control and training the media on how to properly cover the issue.
While everyone sees that Bloomberg's TV ad spending easily dwarfs what the NRA spends, what has gone unnoticed is how heavily he's spending on research. Few may have noticed how heavily President Obama's speech introducing his new executive orders on guns relied on Bloomberg manufactured "facts."
"Congress actually voted to make it harder for public health experts to conduct research into gun violence; made it harder to collect data and facts and develop strategies to reduce gun violence."
This claim stems from another study funded by Michael Bloomberg. In 1996, Congress passed a budget amendment that banned the CDC from using Federal funds to lobby for gun control. Bloomberg claimed that firearm research in medical journals fell by 60% from 1996 to 2010.
But what Bloomberg measured was firearm research relative to all other research. In fact, total research on firearms increased over that time.