This is what really gets me! We all know that some Americans have some rather extreme views on guns - thanks to the 2nd amendment of the US constitution that grants citizens the right to "keep and bear arms." Despite the wave of mass shootings terrorizing the US, the general consensus among republicans is that the right to "keep and bear arms" can be conceived of as the right for nearly any citizen to have nearly any type of firearm, with little if any regulation.

In a open, democratic society, having different view points and beliefs is not a bad thing. What is bad, however, is that the pro-gun groups (especially the National Rifle Association - the NRA) have effectively impeded the American government's ability to fun research on gun violence. That's truly reprehensible. Th US clearly needs a debate on the uses and abuses of firearms and that just can't happen if we are censoring what short of questions can be asked. President Obama promised to reverse this in the aftermath of Sandy Hook and fund $10 million dollars of gun violence research. House republicans are threatening to not let this pass the budget committee - calling it "propaganda for his gun appropriations bill." The US desperately needs this research - mass shootings are not inevitable.