In his announcement today that he was taking executive action to require more gun sellers to be licensed and to do background checks on gun buyers, Pres. Barack Obama also touched on the problems facing public health researchers who try to study gun violence and deaths.
“And the evidence tells us that in states that require background checks law-abiding Americans don’t find it any harder to purchase guns whatsoever. Their guns have not been confiscated, their rights have not been infringed.
“And that’s just the information we have access to. With more research we could further improve gun safety, just as with more research we’ve reduced traffic fatalities enormously over the last 30 years.
“We do research when cars, food, medicine, even toys, harm people so that we make them safer. And you know what, research, science, those are good things, they work. They do.