Following in the footsteps of the tobacco industry . . . .
It can’t possibly be because they fear facts, now, can it? A nugget from Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee:
. . . if the National Institutes of Health had granted money to a researcher delving into the reasons for mass shootings, there might have been trouble. In an Orwellian use of power politics, the gun lobby led by the National Rifle Association has in many instances muzzled federal agencies’ ability to fund basic research into gun violence.
“This is a deliberate effort to keep evidence from being collected,” said Dr. Garen Wintemute, a UC Davis Medical School professor and one of the few researchers in the nation who focuses on guns and gun violence. “It is one more way to prevent policy reform. It’s a brilliant strategy.”