No one is going to arrest you if you decided to conduct a study on gun violence. In that sense, there’s no “ban” on gun-violence studies, despite the Brady Campaign / Joe Biden talking points.
They’re probably referring to the fact that Congress regularly attaches restrictions to their appropriations for federal agencies like the CDC which prevent them from using any of their appropriated budget to study gun violence.
It’s more like Congress saying, “this is a waste of time and money, don’t do it on the taxpayer dime” than some Orwellian Newspeak.
Aw goldurn contrary! Congress is preventing the useless waste of money to find out information that we already have. When you know that 25 million crimes every year are prevented by vigilant gun owners… Or is every month? Whatever…anyway, once you know that what further information is necessary? None, that’s what!
Everyone already knows that universal gun ownership is the best darn thing that could happen to a country! Its as obvious a truth as the clear fact that global warning is bogus. You want more research that global warming is bogus? Then, the private sector is the best possible source for such research, as they are free from any partisan bias, being concerned only with their financial well-being. Can’t get much more impartial than that, amirite?
Since the facts are already established, further research could only serve to cloud the issue and unfdermine our solidly based opinions. And one set of opinions is firmly supported by existing research, there is no need to further substantiate the proven facts!
What possible good could research do when we already know the facts?
If I want to know the stats on whooping cough vaccination and its effect on public health, gonna ask somebody over at the CDC, most likely. What they do, you know, bean count and number crunch on public health issues.
I very much want reliable stats on gun violence, etc. If only because I’m getting tired of being served the same chopped cow paddy salad as facts. Actually, no, not “getting tired”, been tired of it for quite a long time now.
If I have any bias at all, its a preference for people who want information as compared to those who would prefer not to be bothered by it.