The UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program is a publicly funded research program that takes credit for developing "the public health approach to firearm violence." These are the people that get doctors and the CDC in investigating gun control. The program, run by Dr. Garen Wintemute, an ER doctor, is heavily biased in favor of gun control. That's not just my opinion, either.
The results of his research is used to bolster demands for further gun control. Don't believe me? Even Wikipedia has this:
His research on Saturday night special handguns, especially a 1994 study he published entitled "Ring of Fire", has been credited as the main reason for the California government's efforts to impose strict regulations on them. In 2017 he has published a study showing that gun owners with an alcohol-related criminal conviction are more likely than gun owners without such a conviction to be arrested for a subsequent gun-related crime.
Of course, their investigations turn up information that we already know, like background checks don't impact murders by gun.
These are the people that are setting the stage to deprive past DUI offenders of their gun rights and why some doctors are asking about your guns. To this audience, I really don't need to argue why this group is not our friend.
They also blame California gun violence spikes on Nevada gun shows, which is a preposterous error of correlation and causation. We discussed that on the old blog a while back. That research ignores the obvious problem that California's people who are committing the crime are rotten and only getting their tools (maybe) here. Fun fact: California imports the largest amount of crime guns into Nevada. Ha!
If you want to know what causes violence, it's evil in the hearts of men. Importing the third world and implementing socialism doesn't help. Destroying black families, robbing young men of jobs, letting criminals out of jail/prison, failing to properly punish criminals, and denying citizens the ability to protect themselves all encourages and grows crime. Leftism is why violence went out of control in the 60s-80s, why the bluest cities are crime ridden hellholes, and why it's growing out of hand today. Quantify that, UC Davis.
Going back to the email, the phrase that gives me pause is: "how individual firearm buyers and sellers learn about background check requirements and the ways in which organizations help them with these firearm sales regulations in different states [emphasis added]." This leads me to think they are trying to find evidence against states that don't ban private sales (like Nevada did, before 2020) to show that guns make it into California from Montana or whatever.
After the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooing, where the killer LEGALLY purchased his weapon as a Nevada resident here, politicians started jumping up and down about what was legal in Nevada and not in California. They also bitched about private sales in Nevada and the people who took guns home to California (no longer a problem, thanks to Michael Bloomberg buying the Nevada Legislature).
Obviously, I declined to be interviewed. Seriously, do these people think we're stupid or something, like we haven't heard of them before? Or are naive enough to think they are unbiased? Hard pass.
Clayton E. Cramer
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