“Follow The Science” Biden’s “recently announced crime-prevention strategy” Based On Politics Not Science


WaPo nails Biden with four Pinocchios on 2nd Amendment …


The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, has analyzed thousands of studies on gun policy research published since 1995. In a report released last year, researchers concluded there was a surprisingly limited base of scientific evidence on the effects of commonly discussed gun policies.

The Washington Times sent multiple emails to Michael Gwin, a spokesman handling the White House crime prevention strategy, asking for the administration’s underlying research. None of the emails was returned. 

Biden’s plan to target ‘merchants of death’ in doubt due to lack of research

Experts challenge Biden crime-fighting strategy of targeting gun sales: ‘A silly, childish notion’

By Jeff Mordock – The Washington Times – Tuesday, July 6, 2021

High-quality research has not been done to examine if tightening restrictions on gun dealers leads to a reduction in violent crime, raising questions about whether President Biden’s recently announced crime-prevention strategy will work.

Mr. Biden’s plan to combat a rising tide of violent crime includes targeting licensed gun dealers who break laws, creating strike forces to stop firearms trafficking and giving more money to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the agency that tracks the nation’s guns.

The president said the three-prongedstrategy will save lives by targeting “merchants of death,” but he offered no metrics on how much his new policies could reduce gun deaths.

The Rand Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, has analyzed thousands of studies on gun policy research published since 1995. In a report released last year, researchers concluded there was a surprisingly limited base of scientific evidence on the effects of commonly discussed gun policies.

Among the thousands of studies researchers reviewed, 123 studies conducted since 1995 were found to have met high standards for evidence.

The Rand research didn’t find a link between gun dealer misconduct and mass shootings, and it yielded mixed results on the Biden administration’s other proposals to reduce violent crime.

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The Washington Times sent multiple emails to Michael Gwin, a spokesman handling the White House crime prevention strategy, asking for the administration’s underlying research. None of the emails was returned. 

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