In 1966, America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a landmark study that said a gun in the home does not make everyone safer.
This study contradicted one of the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) major talking points, so it successfully lobbied to ban the CDC from researching the public health effects of gun violence. The ban is still in effect to this day.
On October 30, Annals of Internal Medicine released a report by members of the American College of Physicians that stated: “Firearm violence continues to be a public health crisis in the United States that requires the nation’s immediate attention.”
The NRA responded to the report with a tweet that pushed back against the 154,000-member strong doctors’ group, telling them to “stay in their lane.”