oes science editorialize? Science does.
The academic journal just moved gun control from a public-policy dispute to a scientific question. Without citing any data, Science declared science firmly against the National Rifle Association and on the side of Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The common thread in all of the country’s revolting mass shootings is the absurdly easy access to guns,” the editorial claims . “The science is clear: Restrictions work, and it’s likely that even more limitations would save thousands of lives. So why not take the laws much further, as other countries have done?”
The scientific experiment that took place in a 758,449 square-mile laboratory to our south provides an answer. Mexico bans firearms in all businesses not attached to homes, requires universal gun registration, makes it very difficult to carry, prohibits private gun shops, and permits just one firearms store, run by the government, in the nation of around 130 million people. For every gun sold legally in Mexico, about 2,000 such legal firearms sales occur in the United States.
The science, or at least the data, is indeed clear — just not in the way Science imagines it.
Mexico, containing far less than half the number of people as the United States does, endures double the number of homicides.
But Science depicts gun control as possessing scientific weight — perhaps the editorialist concedes its standing as somewhere beneath heliocentrism — in the face of practice refuting theory. The editorial, written by H. Holden Thorp — a chemist who resigned as chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill amid a scandal involving no-show classes for athletes — presumes to know the findings of the research it urges.
“Scientists should not sit on the sidelines and watch others fight this out,” the out-of-place editorial reads. “More research into the public health impacts of gun […]
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